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Title: 15 Hunter windshield
Post by: Marine40 on December 08, 2017, 04:14:33 PM
Can I get some advice on repainting my windshield. I have heard that you use a product to spray to remove the old paint, and the you can powder coat it.

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Title: Re: 15 Hunter windshield
Post by: Salmon King on December 08, 2017, 04:26:08 PM
Darren there are several products that will chemically loosen the paint on the aluminum frame.
I still have a little bit of it.  They are NOT environmentally friendly though.
For all the work it takes to strip them down you might be better off to just disassemble the frame (BE SURE TO MARK EACH PIECE SO YOU CAN PUT THEN BACK TOGETHER!) and take it to a powder coating place and let them handle all of the prep work along with the powder coating.

There is a powder coating shop in Mt. Vernon that does very nice work....

SKAGIT POWDER COATING

They are located on Jackpot Lane.

As I recall their estimate to do my Chaser frame was $300 ish??
Title: Re: 15 Hunter windshield
Post by: Yachter Yat on December 08, 2017, 04:38:19 PM
   Too bad you couldn't get that frame anodized.  Do you suppose it would be worth looking into?   Needless to say; that would be the end of that!   

Yat
Title: Re: 15 Hunter windshield
Post by: Markshoreline on December 08, 2017, 05:48:50 PM
Last winter I took on repainting my windshield frame.  I sanded all the corroded areas, masked and primed then painted overall.  The job was very difficult and this year the corrosion continued under the paint in other areas. 
If I had a windshield that wasn't attached to a hardtop, I'd do as Salmon King says and have it professionally powdercoated.
HemiGTX did the windshield job on his HT but he has some magical skills and a high frustration tolerance, I think.
Title: Re: 15 Hunter windshield
Post by: Yachter Yat on December 08, 2017, 07:48:55 PM
    I think you should at least price anodizing against powder coat.  Remember powder coating is still paint.........and your dealing with salt water.  Cost notwithstanding, I always felt those windshields should have been either polished aluminum or (in order to stay with black color scheme) anodized.  My 2.

Yat
Title: Re: 15 Hunter windshield
Post by: Croaker Stroker on December 09, 2017, 12:02:42 AM

How much does a new window cost ?
Title: Re: 15 Hunter windshield
Post by: Yachter Yat on December 09, 2017, 05:01:51 AM
    Good question, Croaker.  Not that I need a new window, but I'm sure a number of us would like to know.  Belinda? 

Yat
Title: Re: 15 Hunter windshield
Post by: Tom Mac on December 09, 2017, 06:00:46 AM
I think for the powder coat to stick it would need to be glass bead or sand blasted.
Title: Re: 15 Hunter windshield
Post by: Marine40 on December 09, 2017, 08:26:07 PM
A new window is over a $1000.00.  I purchased one about 6 years ago.
Title: Re: 15 Hunter windshield
Post by: Yachter Yat on December 10, 2017, 05:36:29 AM
     $1000.00?  Ouch!  That reminds me of the old joke about a man who went to buy a new car.  When given a price of $20,000.00, he said he probably couldn't afford to buy it all at once and wondered if it would be possible to make the purchase one part at a time........to which the salesman answered:  Yes........in that case it would be $200,000.00. 

Yat
Title: Re: 15 Hunter windshield
Post by: Salmon King on December 10, 2017, 11:37:39 AM
I think for the powder coat to stick it would need to be glass bead or sand blasted.

True....which is exactly why I suggested that Darren just mark each piece and take it to Skagit Powder Coating and let them do it.