Bob recently acquire a new powder – one that mimics the properties of anodization. He slapped on a coat of orange and red onto a Superstar and sent it my way. Here’s what I found:
When I first opened the package and felt the new finish, it definitely felt different than Bob’s previous powders. It has a soft, slightly grippy feeling to it. This ano powder also feels harder and thinner than his previous work, which to me is a wonderful thing.
Those that have tried it know that powdercoating doesn’t provide the best surface for grinds. But then again, you probably haven’t tried Bob’s new powder. I was shocked, SHOCKED, when I tried grinding with this. It grinds very similar to beadblasted ano! It doesn’t provide record-breaking grind times, but I was able to get around 5-6 seconds per throw.
This new powder is also very beautiful. They have a nice matte sheen that offers a very ‘soft’ look to your yoyos. The red in particular is extremely vibrant.
In short, this is a wonderful product. I’ve done business with Bob several times before, and not only does he provide excellent service, but his work is extraordinary. Being cheaper than getting your yoyo anodized, and not having it to be raw when you send it to him, this is certainly something you should look into.
Sidenote: I should mention that were certain difficulties while powdercoating this Superstar, and that’s why the red half has bumps on it. Rest assured this would not be the case should you send your yoyo to Bob.