I just removed the front end on my '14 T and took the accessory Hassler like springs off, removed the spring assembly and man, the old springs looks pretty rusty! I'm thinking about blasting and powder coating each leaf individually instead of painting - any thoughts?
The only thing I can see that would be a problem is if the powder coating will flex with the spring.
I've had Hassler springs powdered and compressed them nearly flat for installation and they didn't crack anywhere.
I'm not going to put the accessory springs back on - they aren't Hassler's and I really didn't like what they did to the leafs in the main spring. I see in the parts catalog that they sell something called graphite slip paint? I wonder if I just take the leaf's apart, blast them and then use this slip paint that should do it. Anyone use this stuff before and if so, can it go on bare metal after sandblasting or does the metal have to be primed first?
You can buy graphite sip plate paint at a Tractor Supply or most any good hardware store. You paint it on the bare leaves. Let it dry. Then assemble the spring and paint it the finish color of choice.
You can make your own slip paint. Just mix flake or powdered graphite into black enamel paint till it wont hold any more and paint the bottom of each leaf except the bottom leaf. Assemble and paint the whole thing black, just like the factory! Most hardware stores carry it. The small bottle is more then enough to make a batches using 1/2 pint can of paint, and will do a few springs. Bet the cost is a lot less then ready made slip paint.
If I remember correctly, Ford said to put a thin layer of grease on the leafs, and then sprinkle powdered graphite on them. I've done it that way and it works, but I clean the leafs carefully prior to painting, so the paint will stick.