Powder Coating – Grounding Your Parts

If you’re powder coating a steel half, it needs to be grounded. The grounded half is what attracts the powder to stay to the half. The higher the bottom, the much less issues you might have. Usually a gun or the weapons management field will include just a little 18 gauge floor wire and a mini alligator clip you can connect with your half to floor it. I’ll name this the “inventory” floor. The inventory floor continues by the management field, by the wire it makes use of to plug right into a wall outlet and after that may be a thriller to me. This isn’t a very good instance of a floor. Regardless of how good of gun you might have, you need to have a DEDICATED GROUNDING ROD.  clamps lowes

Utilizing this floor technique helps with faraday cage areas(the recessed areas and corners that powder simply doesn’t wish to stick with usually) and in addition if you end up spraying multiple coat. After you spray the primary coat, all the half is insulated by the powder coating. A weak floor won’t appeal to powder by this insulating layer and you’ll have issues getting your subsequent coat to stay.

A floor rod is an eight toes lengthy bar coated with copper and has a pointy finish. It may be purchased at your native Dwelling Depot or Lowes for $10.00, The rod will get hammered into the bottom virtually completely. You wish to depart about 6 inches above the bottom to connect the wire to. You then connect this wire to your elements and your elements are actually grounded very nicely(more often than not).

While you’re out shopping for the grounding rod, you also needs to purchase a grounding clamp, it is a clamp that merely suits across the rod and has a bolt to connect your wire to.

Additionally you will have some wire. My wire is 10 toes lengthy eight gauge copper wire. For those who want a very long term of wire, you need to get a thicker gauge. Though you need the shortest wire and the least quantity of connections attainable to be sure you have a dependable floor. For those who plan on powder coating in your storage or store, you may truly drill a gap in your storage ground utilizing a masonry bit, and hammer the rod by the storage ground down into the bottom under. For those who now not need it within the storage, simply pound it the remainder of the best way down and fill the outlet.

What I did was set up the ground-rod proper exterior my storage door, I put an the wrong way up flower pot on prime of it to maintain anybody from tripping on it, do not wish to get sued by the man who checks my meter, afterall. It has a foot of lead wire with just a little fast disconnect plug from Lowes. I coated the rod and reference to some dieletric grease to forestall corrosion. Then on my rack I’ve a 9 foot lengthy wire that I simply connect with the grounding rod wire. It takes much less 10 seconds to plug in and may be very handy. On my rack, the wire runs up the facet and over to the center and it’s soldered to my “grasp hook”. I dangle every part from this hook and it has labored very nicely. Testing with a multimeter has confirmed the resistance from the bottom rod to the half hanging on the rack is 0. The rod, wire, clamp, and connectors value me $16.

Additionally for these of you that reside in Florida like me, or different areas which have grime that’s extra sand than grime, this will trigger this technique to develop into much less environment friendly. If you’re nonetheless having floor points after utilizing the rod, wetting the realm across the grounding rod such as you have been watering a plant will make for a greater connection to the earth.