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Old 04-08-2013, 09:56 PM   #75
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Location: DeKalb-ish, IL
06 WRX Ltd


I stopped by Fox Valley Sandblasting and Powder Coating today to pick up the parts. Ehh, all I can figure is that I must have lofty expectations. Or perhaps people are just generally do not care to do the best job possible but they will swear to you that they do. While these parts did not turn out "bad", there was a pricing misunderstanding which removed any sort of "consideration" I would have had in these are not absolutely perfect. Plus that valve cover has sentimental value (1st engine I ever swapped - one hell of a long time ago), I get it home to find an edge chipped off during their final finishing. That sort of twisted my balls the wrong way. The time to mask off the gasket surfaces for blasting was wasted when they got a bit careless with the abrasive wheel to remove the flashing. I would be re-cleaning everything but I do not expect to find all sorts of garbage in side the intake manifold. I would be floored if the domestic and motorcycle guys they do work for would accept this return condition. No pride I tell you.
(Corvel Robin Red Wrinkle and Black Fine Texture powder)

However I will say that Fox Valley did do a good job on the APS inlet tube. Slightly lighter color hue than the original APS red, but I knew that going in. APS's powder coating chips off so easily due to the piss-poor prep they do (or lack of) before coating them. Just need to put a polish on the APS tag and it is ready for install.

I think I will try a few other places as alternatives. I'm sure Fox Valley is fine for any future fence posts I need coated. Although I still would not hand them more of my money since it was pretty apparent that during the pickup I was not as important of a customer as I was lead to believe on the drop off day. Plus Corvel Robin Red is NOT UV stable (I contacted the powder mfg) I hate being lied to. If you do not fully understand what you are selling then simply say you do not know and you will find out the answer. So simple.
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Last edited by JarHarms; 04-26-2017 at 10:22 PM.
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