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General => Open Discussion => Topic started by: tatou on February 24, 2020, 11:10:53 AM

Title: Small-scale source for powdercoat enclosures?
Post by: tatou on February 24, 2020, 11:10:53 AM
In the past, I've used Pedal Parts Plus and Mammoth Electronics to order enclosures with nice sparkly/veined/hammered/translucent/etc. finishes.

However, Mammoth is now out of business and PPP has moved to a bulk only business, where you need to order at least 25 the exact same customized enclosure.

Other than the flat-color or black/white powdercoat options in some sizes from Small Bear or Love My Switches, does anyone have suggestions for affordable, nice-looking sources of finishes that are a little more "special"? :)
Title: Re: Small-scale source for powdercoat enclosures?
Post by: Govmnt_Lacky on February 24, 2020, 12:38:22 PM
Honestly, if you are going to do production building... it would be cheaper in the long run to just do the powder coating yourself. A bit of an upfront investment but it will pay for itself in the long run.
Title: Re: Small-scale source for powdercoat enclosures?
Post by: tatou on February 24, 2020, 03:48:15 PM
Well, at this point I'm more interested in building really swell-looking pedals for myself as a hobbyist, no plans to go into production building just yet. :)
Title: Re: Small-scale source for powdercoat enclosures?
Post by: Matmosphere on February 24, 2020, 04:19:02 PM
Tayda offers a lot of different colors now, and the couple Iíve gotten have been good quality.

Small bear has several colors beyond just black and white in a couple sizes.
Title: Re: Small-scale source for powdercoat enclosures?
Post by: tatou on February 24, 2020, 08:21:55 PM
Oh, i hadn't even noticed that Tayda sold enclosures! I've never actually ordered from them before as I've seen mixed reviews of quality control. But I did just start a cart today with standard diodes/transistors/ICs, so I might add a few enclosures in wacky colors to the mix, too. Still no sparkles, though. :)
Title: Re: Small-scale source for powdercoat enclosures?
Post by: TGP39 on February 24, 2020, 09:32:16 PM
Oh, i hadn't even noticed that Tayda sold enclosures! I've never actually ordered from them before as I've seen mixed reviews of quality control. But I did just start a cart today with standard diodes/transistors/ICs, so I might add a few enclosures in wacky colors to the mix, too. Still no sparkles, though. :)

Add glitter to most painted enclosures with Dupli-Color clear Effex spray paint. 
I haven't tried it yet, but it looks interesting.
https://www.duplicolor.com/product/effex-glitter-effect-clear-coat/
Title: Re: Small-scale source for powdercoat enclosures?
Post by: Bio77 on February 24, 2020, 10:40:42 PM
Oh, i hadn't even noticed that Tayda sold enclosures! I've never actually ordered from them before as I've seen mixed reviews of quality control. But I did just start a cart today with standard diodes/transistors/ICs, so I might add a few enclosures in wacky colors to the mix, too. Still no sparkles, though. :)

I think the quality of their enclosures is great.  The powder coat is very sturdy.  I mostly use these.  I saw that they recently added a hammered copper color.  I wouldn't be surprised if they start adding more choices now that there's a hole in the market. 
Title: Re: Small-scale source for powdercoat enclosures?
Post by: Ben N on February 25, 2020, 05:38:02 AM
I get them from Tayda. My experience is that the powder coating is a bit delicate, and you need to baby them until you clear coat, but they look fine.