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    Ok - this could be my first paying customer!!!! She has 36 of these heavy brass kitchen knobs. Their spray painted and need to be stripped. The stripping should be minimal, the paint is chipping right off. I'll be using PTPB black carbide texture... Should I blast them or just strip and coat? I only have black diamond #40 grit and I'm worried that I'll gouge the brass too much. Also, they would be wreaked if she ever wanted to strip and do something else with them. Maybe I worry too much.

    Anyway, what would you charge for these????

    Thanks!!


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    Re: Need price check - First Paying Customer??

    I get $3 ea to coat those and I do quite a few. The do come to me already stripped though so I usually only lightly blast and coat. I usually dont concern myself too much with what the customer will do in the future, instead I just make sure my coating sticks to the substrate. The only exception is with chrome plating and polished alum I usually tell the customer they will not be able to get that finish again.

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    • #3
      Re: Need price check - First Paying Customer??

      That sounds about right. I'd go as high as $4 each if you blast them, which I think you should. It should go quickly since the old paint is already flaking. Turn your pressure down on your blaster so that 40 grit doesn't rough it up too badly. The texture will cover that very well anyway.

      Best of luck.
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      • #4
        Re: Need price check - First Paying Customer??

        All 36 the same color? Are you doing all 36 at once? These would be some things to consider into your setup time when you're trying to figure out pricing. I think anywhere in the 4-5 dollar range is fair considering the blast time and how much attention to detail you're willing to pay.

        PS... those should look cool coated. You gotta post some pictures when you're done.

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        • #5
          Re: Need price check - First Paying Customer??

          [quote="Smashing"]Ok - this could be my first paying customer!!!! She has 36 of these heavy brass kitchen knobs. Their spray painted and need to be stripped. The stripping should be minimal, the paint is chipping right off. I'll be using PTPB black carbide texture... Should I blast them or just strip and coat? I only have black diamond #40 grit and I'm worried that I'll gouge the brass too much. Also, they would be wreaked if she ever wanted to strip and do something else with them. Maybe I worry too much.

          Anyway, what would you charge for these????

          Thanks!!

          You need to get you fine grit aluminum oxide or some glass bead to have on hand. If you have a Tractor supply near by they have the aluminum oxide. I am thinking of carry all my black diamond even the fine grit back. I don't like the way it hits and what it looks like even at low pressure. But its your call and your powder if you have to sand the part down and reshoot because you hit it to hard?

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          • #6
            Re: Need price check - First Paying Customer??

            Mount as many as you can, to a piece of sheet metal that will fit your blast cabinet AND your oven. Then you can blast, shoot and cook the most efficiently. If you can get all 36 in one shot, then good on you. If you can only do 10 or 12, that's still better than blasting one at a time.

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            • #7
              Re: Need price check - First Paying Customer??

              My plan is to chemically strip, light blast then coat. I have some paint stripper that should knock that paint off with little effort. Then a very quick light blast and coat away. I'll probably use the cardboard wrapped in foil trick. I think I'll run with 18 per sheet. I may be able to cook them in one batch I love the idea of mounting them THEN blasting them. I may have to give that a shot.

              Pics will follow!
              Thanks guys

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              • #8
                Re: Need price check - First Paying Customer??

                Originally posted by Smashing
                My plan is to chemically strip, light blast then coat. I have some paint stripper that should knock that paint off with little effort. Then a very quick light blast and coat away. I'll probably use the cardboard wrapped in foil trick. I think I'll run with 18 per sheet. I may be able to cook them in one batch I love the idea of mounting them THEN blasting them. I may have to give that a shot.

                Pics will follow!
                Thanks guys
                You can give them a 220 grit sand paper treatment and be fine and not blast at all. It would be a piece of cake and quick and easy. Wet paper I would use. Bucket of water all in it wet 220 and sand them and lay aside and blow dry and prep and shoot? Steel wool would work also and no water but you can use water and then clean good and prep and shoot. Got to think between the lines and blasting is not always needed on items like that at all if you have striped them good already?
                Give it some thought?

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                • #9
                  Re: Need price check - First Paying Customer??

                  Well... the good thing about it is that you get 36 different chances to try something different LOL...

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                  • #10
                    Re: Need price check - First Paying Customer??

                    I should give them to her in all different colors. Hell, I would do that for free just to see her face!


                    Never mind - that's a lot of color changes.





                    Duke - good idea but a quick zip in the bast cabinet would be way faster than trying to sand all such small, curved pieces.

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