Looking for information about powder coating? You’ve come to the right place. We have a basic powder coating guide outlining the basic powder coating process, as well as guides for choosing new equipment and helping guide you through pretreatment options. We’ve also provided a common list of terms for coating and pretreatment if you need to look up some industry-specific terminology.
What Is Powder Coating?
Powder coating is a finishing process where a color or coating is applied to an unfinished part. A colored powder is sprayed on the part using a magnetically charged spray gun. The coated part is then placed in an oven where the powder melts into an even, solid coat across the entire surface of the part. Learn more about powder coating here.
Why Use Powder Coating?
Powder coating has a number of advantages over traditional wet paint. A powder coated finish generally lasts longer and is more rugged than paint. Many common items like bicycle frames, wheel rims and handrails are powder coated because it significantly reduces wear and tear.
Applying the powder and fixing mistakes are much easier. A typical training session to learn how to powder coat will only take a couple hours. And, since the powder has to be baked on to the part, if you notice any errors before curing, fixes are as easy as wiping the part down and spraying the part again. Wet paint touch-up work can take a long time and be very expensive – powder coating is cheaper to apply, costs less for training, and requires less time to master techniques.
Finally, powder coating is environmentally friendly. Combined with being cheaper to apply and easier to use, this is why many businesses have added powder coating to their offerings, and why the demand for powder coating is currently so high.
Have Any Questions About Powder Coating?
Be sure to check out our Frequently Asked Questions, or simply contact us with your question. One of our powder coating experts will be happy to help.