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View Poll Results: What Finish Would you Most Likely Buy?
#1 Blackened Antique Look 8 14.55%
#2 and 3 Black Satin Powdercoat 26 47.27%
#4 Clear Semi-gloss Powdercoat 7 12.73%
#5 Lighter Semi-gloss Blue 6 10.91%
#6 Darker Semi-gloss Blue 4 7.27%
#7 Raw Unprotected Finish (No Paint) 4 7.27%
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Old 03-09-2012, 02:22 PM   #1
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Hey guys I need your help deciding on the finish of our new line of knuckle/axle weights. I'm a little crazy and don't always follow the crowd so I'd like to get the opinion of the masses before I coat a bunch of parts in a color customers are going to hate.

Please take a minute to read the description, look at the pictures and make your selection in the poll.










All of the weights are made from the same leaded brass material. We use brass with a very high lead content due to the weight advantage it provides. Unfortunately just like any other brass it will eventually tarnish without some kind of coating.

#7 is raw material, tumbled finish already beginning to tarnish.

#1 has been blackened using a blackening technique gunsmiths use giving the weight a flat "antique" finish.

#2 the Losi weight is powdercoated satin black, very durable and slick (my favorite)

#3 is the same finish as #2

#4 the wraith weight is a coated with a clear semi gloss powder and is very difficult to get perfect (highest reject rate, lots or rework)

#5 and 6 are two different are semi gloss blues... blue fits the whole "blue monkey" theme well.
















please also consider cost... is it worth it? for example the clear powder may look the best but adds the most cost.

...say a typical knuckle weight set is $60 with no paint of any kind. Powdercoating black satin will add about $5 to the set. Blue powder and chemically blackening adds $7 per set and clear powder would add approx. $10 to the total cost.

Thanks in advance

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I like the blacked out look myself

Although chrome would be hot!
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Old 03-09-2012, 03:00 PM   #3
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love the black look. i'd send mine back in and pay to get that done.
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Old 03-09-2012, 03:08 PM   #4
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#7 looks the best to me! Next would be #1.
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Old 03-09-2012, 03:51 PM   #5
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The satin black looks good and go's with anything.
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Old 03-09-2012, 05:01 PM   #6
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"the stopwatch doesn't see the paint job."

For me, if it works, I really don't care about the rest since I beat the beegeezers out of it anyway....thus, the finish will get hammered.

Better drivers will likely have better opinions......
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Old 03-09-2012, 05:26 PM   #7
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will order these when available....
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Old 03-10-2012, 12:16 PM   #8
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powdercoated satin black
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Old 03-12-2012, 06:46 PM   #9
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I really like the raw tarnished look the best!
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Old 03-13-2012, 09:17 PM   #11
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black or raw
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Old 03-13-2012, 09:35 PM   #12
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Can't go wrong with satin!
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Personally I think #5 would hammer home brand recognition. Bright ass monkey blue. But that's just me.
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Old 03-19-2012, 02:01 PM   #14
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Personally I think #5 would hammer home brand recognition. Bright ass monkey blue. But that's just me.

yea i was hoping the blue would be more popular...

but the black looks better in person than in my craptastic pic so if you guys like it from the picture then you will love the finished product.
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Old 03-19-2012, 03:43 PM   #15
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Old 03-19-2012, 04:35 PM   #16
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these look sweet I need a set and go for brand recognition #5
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Old 03-19-2012, 04:44 PM   #17
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#1 and #2
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Old 04-11-2012, 06:43 AM   #18
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from now on BMRC will be shipping all weights with satin black powdercoat as a standard finish. i will offer custom colors and plain tumbled finish as an option.

mucho thankso for all your comments and votes

i owe you guys a couple giveaways
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Old 04-11-2012, 07:24 AM   #19
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I like the black but BLUE is one of my favorite colors! Maybe offer the blue as an additional option?
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Old 04-12-2012, 06:18 AM   #20
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I like the black but BLUE is one of my favorite colors! Maybe offer the blue as an additional option?

yes we're thinking of offering 6+ colors in epoxy powdercoat for our weights and aluminum suspension links. look for that next month though its way down on the list.
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