have just fitted windshield and stantions to '23 roadster body with one man top.
Am ready to disassemble and media blast pieces and then finish...do I want to paint the frame prior to glass installation? Or do I want to primer the frame, install glass/channel and mask/paint later?
I see upside/downside to either method.
What did you have success with?
I do it the ea$y way :
Send the parts off to the powder coater, and then take the old glass pieces and the black powder coated frames to the glass shop, and let then cut and install.
I paint them before and sometimes again after.
I have a bias toward paint but am willing to learn...how does the black powder coat color on the windshield frame compare to typical black paint on the body? Do they really look the same?
Gloss black powder coat is a high gloss black, your powder coater will show you test pieces.
I don't think many could tell the windshield frame, stanchions, headlamp buckets, steering wheel spider, and the wire wheels are powder-coated.
hhhmmmmmm....sounds interesting. I assume that you powdercoated the stantion bolts' heads, too, then?
I'm kind of liking this approach...
No, carriage bolts not powdered coated. Just scuffed the surface of the new plated bolt heads, and then 'dipped' the heads into bowl of mixed Du Pont Centari 99A Black acrylic enamel that was used to spray the body parts.
My local powder coater's gloss black isn't quite as shiny as good gloss black paint. It's close, but you can see a difference if you're looking for it.
If you farm out the finish work, blast the pieces yourself or insist that you see them after they're blasted. Every time it can happen, I tell the powder coater if anything gets holes in it to let me know and I'll either fix or provide another.... then I go to pick it and they hand back back a part with holes in it that has been powder coated.
Just had this happen again recently with a set of 21" wheels for my Model A. Windshield frame are another thing prone to revealing holes when blasting.
You need to change the enamel paint you are using
Even the reflection of the powder coated headlamp bucket in the new nickel plated radiator shell matches the acrylic enamel paint!
Other than Imron, I think nothing beats good old acrylic enamel. Trouble is, it's getting harder to find.