I was wondering what are acceptable choices in coatings for phenolic resin parts? I have an old (1948) airplane and one of the controls is made of phenolic resin, which was the bee’s knees in that era. Most of the phenolic parts that I’ve seen either have badly worn paint or are pretty much bare. So I’d like to know if anyone has tried to powder coat resin parts like this, and what was your experience? Obviously being a plastic, it will start to melt at some point, but a low temp powder might work provided the part doesn’t offgas.
How about plating? Has anyone flash copper plated and then done electroless nickel on a resin part? Maybe the best bet is just a 2-part epoxy paint.