FAQ Frequently Asked Questions
All powder coating starts out as a colorless powder but once cured in our oven it becomes a durable colorful finish.
What Is Powder Coating?
The powder coating process uses a solvent free dry mix of plastic resins, pigments, and fillers that melt and fuse together when heated. The solid particles of coating are electrostatically charged in a spray gun and carried by low velocity air to the surface of the piece to be coated. The electrostatic charge holds the powder particles in place while the part is cured in a 400-degree oven. The heat of the oven causes a chemical reaction to occur and the powder to cure, creating a highly durable finish.
Is Powder Coating Environmentally Friendly?
Powder coating is an environmentally friendly process unlike solvent-based wet paint systems. With EPA regulations growing ever stricter, powder coating is fast becoming the technology of choice. Since the powder coating process does not use solvents in any way, VOC emission problems are eliminated. Powder coating uses no environmentally dangerous solvents or processes.
Is Powder Coating Durable?
Powder Coatings resist cracking and peeling and are extremely resistant to abrasions, corrosion and chemical damage. The performance characteristics of powder coating match or exceed the characteristics achieved from conventional solvent-based coatings.
What Colors Do You Offer?
Powder Coatings are available in a large variety of stock colors, metallics, textures and special effects. Custom Powder Coating can assist you in choosing the correct coating and color for your application. We offer powder coating samples at our showroom display.
What Can Be Coated?
Any metal object that can hold an electrostatic charge and withstand the heat of the curing process can be powder coated. Powder can be applied to intricate surfaces and still maintain a uniform finish across the entire piece. Powder coating is ideal for items such as:
- Industrial Fabrications
- Architectural Signage
- Trade Show Exhibits
- Metal Fencing and Railings
- Retail Displays & Fixtures
- Patio Furniture
- Motorcycle Frames Wheels & Parts
- Automotive Frames Wheels & Parts
- Off Road Vehicle Frames & Parts
- Bicycle Frames & Parts
- Antique Beds, Gliders & Chairs
- Metal Sculptures
What is Masking?
Masking is important. It keeps powder off threads and away from gasket surfaces. High temperature masking can be applied to special surfaces such as threads or high tolerance areas to keep them from being coated. We also use high temperature silicon plugs for threaded holes or shafts.
Can I Use Body Filler?
The high oven temperature makes the use of plastic and resin body fillers problematic. Often the powder will not bind to a filler’s surface causing bubbles in the coating. To be safe, fill any depressions with a torch using brass or welding rod as fill.
What is Clear Powder Coating?
Clear powder coating serves the same purpose as clear coat wet paint. It protects the underlying finish and adds depth and luster to the surface. Clear powder coat is applied as a second coat and shot while the piece is still hot. Then the piece is returned to the oven for a second curing process. Use clear powder coating on any piece that exposure to elements could cause it to fade or be subject to damage.
What Will Powder Coating Cost?
Many people call us to find out how much it will cost to powder coat a certain item. This is tricky because without seeing the actual condition of the item it is impossible to give you an exact quote. We have put together a list of our most common items like car wheels and frames. If you need a ball park figure just take a look at our pricing PDF table by Clicking Here.
Can I Send My Parts To Be Powder Coated?
We now serve the nation through our mail order services. Just call us. We know powder coating and we can help you with your project no matter where you are. Click Here to download our handy PDF order form.