FAQ's on Powder Coating
What is Powder Coating?
Powder coating is an advanced method of applying a protective and decorative finish to a wide range of products that are used by industry and consumer. The powder used for this process is a mixture of finely ground particles of resins and pigments that resemble colored baby powder. The charged powder particles adhere to the grounded piece and then cured in one of our specialty ovens at a temperature of 400°F. Once cured and cooled you have a uniform, durable and very attractive finish. Powder coating is one of the fasted growing finishing technologies in the world. The powder coating process is environmentally friendly and virtually pollution free.
What are the advantages of Powder Coating?
Powder coated surfaces are one of the most durable finishes available. It is more resistant to chipping, scratching, fading and wear. Powder coating gives consumers, businesses and industries one of the most economical, longest lasting and most durable quality finishes available.
What types of materials can be Powder Coated?
Any objects made from metal (aluminum, steel, brass, copper, bronze, titanium, magnesium, etc) can be powder coated.
What about holes with threads or other areas that need to stay coating free?
High temperature masking can be applied to special surfaces such as threads or high tolerance areas to keep them from being coated.
Is Powder Coating better than liquid paint?
Powder coating is applied thicker than liquid paint (approximately twice as thick) and powder coated surfaces are more resistant to chipping, scratching, fading and wear than liquid painted surfaces.
What kinds of finishes are available with Powder Coating?
With powder coating, color selection is virtually unlimited, with high and low gloss, and clear finishes available. Texture selections range from smooth surfaces to wrinkled or matte finish, and rough textures designed for hiding surface imperfections.
Are Custom Colors available?
Yes, they are available. Due to the process involved in manufacturing powder, custom colors are more expensive unless the requirement is large.
How does the oven temperature affect my metal parts?
The oven temperature is low enough to avoid any metal fatigue.
Although powder colors are in the thousands, there are less colors than wet paint. It is always best to match wet paint to the powder color than to try to match the powder to wet paint.