How is Powder Coating Done?…
Powder coating is a type of dry coating, which is applied as a free-flowing, dry powder. The main difference between a conventional liquid paint and a powder coating is that, the powder coating does not require a solvent to keep the binder and filler parts in a liquid suspension form. The coating is typically applied electrostatically and is then cured under heat to allow it to flow and form a “skin.”
The powder may be a thermoplastic or a thermoset polymer. It is usually used to create a hard finish that is tougher than conventional paint.
Powder coating is mainly used for coating of metals, such as “white goods”, aluminium extrusions, and automobile and motorcycle parts.
Newer technologies allow other materials, such as MDF (medium-density fibreboard), to be powder coated using different methods
Powder Coating Cleaning and Rinsing…
Steel parts are cleaned in a hot alkaline cleaner.
Paint stripper may be used in some cases to remove heavy oil, grease and old paint.
To Powder Coat or not Powder Coat
Almost any metal part that can be painted, can be powder coated, with a few caveats. In order to use powder, parts must be able to withstand the curing temperatures of powder.
This usually means 350°-450°F for 15-30 minutes. Parts must also be able to withstand the additional coating thickness of powder.
Powder does go on heavier than typical paint.
For further advice or any questions you may have about powder coating your particular project.
We hold a range of standard colours in stock and we are happy to produce custom colours to order.
Samples and prototypes can also be produced at cost…
Please feel free to discuss with us any specific requirements you may have.
Shotblasting and Powder Coating are an ideal way to bring back that ‘New Look’ factory finish
Our Opening Times:
Monday to Friday: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Saturday: 9.30am – 12.00pm
Closed Bank Holiday weekends
Fax: 01621 842233
Benbridge Industrial Estate,
Heybridge, Maldon, Essex CM9 4ER