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Old 11-07-2018, 06:21 PM
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I would NOT bake my aluminum parts, especially 2024 T3 Alloy. It will permanently alter its original heat treatment condition, making it softer hence reduce its strenght depending on the temperature and duration.
Just my 2 cents of advise.
As with many things, it is not what one does but rather how it is done. I did continue to bake parts that would fit in a toaster oven I had in the shop. 200F was plenty to get the adhesion improvement I was looking for. That is WELL below any issues with aluminum.. If one reads the Variprime docs, it is above the paint service temp but I experienced no downside during baking or 6 years of service.

To your point, I am not a fan of powder coating aluminum for the reason you stated. The baking temps are too high for my comfort level.
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Old 11-07-2018, 06:33 PM
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As with many things, it is not what one does but rather how it is done. I did continue to bake parts that would fit in a toaster oven I had in the shop. 200F was plenty to get the adhesion improvement I was looking for. That is WELL below any issues with aluminum.. If one reads the Variprime docs, it is above the paint service temp but I experienced no downside during baking or 6 years of service.

To your point, I am not a fan of powder coating aluminum for the reason you stated. The baking temps are too high for my comfort level.
A few minutes at 200F in a toaster oven is nothing significant. I was thinking more like 1 hour in a 450F baking oven . As long as you are aware of what you're doing that is fine. My point is to bring some awareness to other readers who might not know. Cheers.
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