When MotoAmericano was getting our frame for the panniers, I asked Chris about powdercoating the whole rig. He was dropping some other things off for a separate job, so we tossed it all in. MotoAmericano was at the mercy of whatever color and finish his job required, but for $45 for my share, who cares? They turned out great – thanks Chris! He’s open to building frames for other people on ADVRider.com, FYI.
In case anyone is interested in powdercoating, MotoAmericano did some research and discovered that the objects to be powder coated are thoroughly cleaned and possibly acid washed depending on how much they resemble your mother-in-law. They are then electronically grounded before positively charged powder is blasted at the surface. This uses magic to adhere the powder to the metal (or stepchild) at which point it’s heated in an oven to cure. The finish is more durable than paint, and I intend to verify this for all zero of you dear readers in the coming months as Chiquita and I take a few trial runs in the deserts and mountains around Arizona.