Originally Posted by Sum0n3
I would love to make it black. Tho I'm not going to paint it, so it would have to be powder coating. This would mean even more down time.
Just as a tip, look around in the phone book for a place that does ornamental ironwork. They often have in-house powdercoating, and run some form of black almost every day. If not you may be able to find a small mom-n-pop shop that will work with you. I lucked out and found an ornamental ironwork place down the street that does powdercoating on the side. It is run by a really nice couple, they have one of their sons working there and even bring the dogs to work. I went in and BS'ed with them for a while one day, and now they help me out all the time.
Typically I can go in at lunch, pet the dogs, talk for a few minutes, and drop off my parts... more often than not they are ready for me the next day at lunch, and sometimes they don't even charge me if it was a color they were already going to run. If they do charge it is usually something like $20-40.