Originally Posted by leftbrainstuff
Dont bother on a boat. If you want steel or aluminium to corrode as quickly as possible powder coating is a great solution.
Scanstrut uses powder coating on their radar
mounts. Seem to hold up quite well as long as the surface is not damaged (which is pretty much true of any coating).
I bought one of those Eastwood kits and have a dedicated oven
in my garage for it (old baking oven). This is obviously not the quality of an industrial powder coating job, but it does a pretty decent job. The finish is nice after you get the hang of it. Did a bunch of aluminum
table hardware and other in cabin
stuff. It is holding up great in the cabin
(2 years) and it is very scratch resistant. I kept scratching one of the table corners with my belt buckle before powder coating, but now not a single
mark on them after two seasons.
I can't say I would trust it on the topsides. That being said my plan is to coat one or two of my stanchion bases and see how it goes.
As far as the original question goes. Go for a re-chrome or just replace it. Powder coating is not going to give you a decent finish unless you star with a decent base.