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    Default Powder Coating a Dobsonian Telescope.



    I have a Saxon 10 inch Dobsonian and im thinking in the future that I would like it to be painted black or metallic blue like the Orion XT10 or plus versions.

    I heard that the mirrors, focusers and what ever other bolts need to be removed, Im not to confident in those things, could the person that powder coats the scope do this for me?

    Like remove what ever needs to be removed and put it back?

    I dont know what if he hasn't dealt with scopes before?


    Is there another alternative that I could possibly paint the scope on my own? I want something durable though and I want the tube glossy, nice and shiny like Orion's scopes.

    Bit of a rambly post im just not sure what to do.



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    Default Re: Powder Coating a Dobsonian Telescope.

    Hi there
    To add a profile pic, just go to Settings up at the top of the and pick Edit Profile Picture on the left.
    As for your scope, I had an 8" Skywatcher that I changed from white to flat black. I just took of the mirrors, focuser, finderscope mount, etc. and "went to town" with a couple spray cans. Worked great.
    You'll just have to collimate it all after, but that's easy enough.

    Good luck!
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    Default Re: Powder Coating a Dobsonian Telescope.

    The finish won't look good unless you disassemble everything to paint the separate components individually, so if you are not confident of your ability to do this, the whole project will be very expensive. You would need to hire someone knowledgeable in scopes, to disassemble it, then take all the parts to the painter. Finally the first person would need to reassemble the scope.

    Powder coating is very durable, but it is also expensive. Telescopes have to be handled carefully and kept protected, so apart from the esthetic appeal of the finish, it really is overkill for a telescope. Any of the current generation polyurethane finishes will be very durable and dry to an excellent surface quality if you do your prep work thoroughly and paint in a dust free environment.

    If you don't have a suitable area for painting, you can also get a good finish with various Mylar film finishes. They can be tricky to apply, but if you follow the instructions, they do work as advertised. Start with the body of your finder scope as a test surface to see if you like your chosen finish before doing the main scope.
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    Default Re: Powder Coating a Dobsonian Telescope.

    Quote Originally Posted by Trombatissimo View Post
    The finish won't look good unless you disassemble everything to paint the separate components individually, so if you are not confident of your ability to do this, the whole project will be very expensive. You would need to hire someone knowledgeable in scopes, to disassemble it, then take all the parts to the painter. Finally the first person would need to reassemble the scope.

    Powder coating is very durable, but it is also expensive. Telescopes have to be handled carefully and kept protected, so apart from the esthetic appeal of the finish, it really is overkill for a telescope. Any of the current generation polyurethane finishes will be very durable and dry to an excellent surface quality if you do your prep work thoroughly and paint in a dust free environment.

    If you don't have a suitable area for painting, you can also get a good finish with various Mylar film finishes. They can be tricky to apply, but if you follow the instructions, they do work as advertised. Start with the body of your finder scope as a test surface to see if you like your chosen finish before doing the main scope.
    Thank you so much for the response, my understanding is clear now.
    Thanks for the explanation.

 

 

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