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 the powder coating process and how to powder coat here.
Who Can Use Powder Coating?
Almost anyone who needs to paint or finish their product can use powder coating. Originally designed for metal, powder coating can now be applied to a wide range of items. Lawn furniture, hunting and sports equipment, industrial machines, car frames and handrails are just some of the products being coated today, but there are hundreds of possible applications and more are being discovered all the time. For example, the US Navy has started powder coating their ships because coating is much more resistant to water corrosion than traditional paint.
What Are The Advantages Of Powder Coating?
Coating provides some tangible benefits over traditional wet paint finishing:
Powder Coating Provides A Better, More Durable Finish
If you have a part that has to hold up to a lot of handling – or you just don’t want to constantly repaint it – powder coating is a much more durable finishing process that is highly resistant to scuffing , chipping and normal wear and tear. This is why handrails (the stair rails you see at bus stops and courthouses) are powder coated now instead of painted. Looking to start powder coating for your business? Here is more information on how coating can help your business.
A Much Safer And Cleaner Process – For The Environment And You
The powder used in powder coating is safe to handle and produces none of the VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) that wet paint does. Wet paint VOCs deplete ozone and contribute to air pollution – powder doesn’t. If you are working with powder, you won’t have to use chemical paint thinners to fix mistakes. And overspray – the left over powder – can be easily recycled or disposed of without a bunch of chemical treatment. For more info on why powder is better for the environment, click here.
Cheaper & Easier To Use
With a little bit of training and practice, it’s very easy to apply a consistent coat of whatever thickness you want onto your part. This is due to the electrostatic charge of the powder. Mistakes are easy to fix before curing. If you plan on using a lot of the same color, the powder you use can be reclaimed, which is a fancy word we use to mean that you can reuse the powder that doesn’t get on the part. The process itself is usually faster than wet paint and can increase your productivity, and the cost to operate the equipment can be significantly less than other finishing processes. For a more in-depth breakdown on how powder coating can be cheaper to run than you think, click here and here
We’ve provided lots of information about the advantages of powder coating, the equipment you’ll need if you want to get started, and how coating can help your business, but if you have specific questions about coating, please contact us. We’ll be more than happy to help.