What is Powder Coating
Powder coating is a type of coating typically applied as a free-flowing, dry powder. The primary technical difference between conventional paint and powder coating is that powder coating does not require a solvent to keep the binder and filler parts in a liquid suspension form. The powder is primary applied electrostatically and is required to be cured at temperatures typically between 315 – 400 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 10 – 20 minutes. This heating process allows the powder to flow and form a uniform layer over the part being coated. Powder may be thermoplastic or thermo set polymer and each powder has its own specific properties and curing schedule. Powder coating is used to create a hard finish that is tougher and more environmentally friendly than conventional paint. Powder coated parts stay brighter and more vibrant over time than traditional painted parts.
Powder coating is primarily used for coating metals, such as steel, aluminum, brass, copper, alloys and generally speaking any other conductive material that can handle the high over temperatures required to flow and cure powder coatings. Powder coating is available in a full array of colors, textures, and sheens to meet any need. In addition, metallic, candies, clear, iridescent, hammered and multiple layers can be employed to create truly unique finishes. Typical items routinely coated include fences, gates, table bases, patio furniture, tool racks, toolboxes, trellises, outdoor art, indoor art, lamp posts, mail boxes, light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, stair stringers, stair treads, house numbers, shelves, shelve supports, dressers, desks, bar stools, ladders, grates, doors, door hardware, outdoor signage and posts, lockers, wagons, metal toys, picture frames, gym equipment, bicycle frames, motorcycle, ATV and auto parts (frames, roll bars, roll cages, brackets, wheels, bumpers, brush guards, brake calipers, value covers, oil pans, air cleaners, intakes, skid plates, luggage racks, shifters, hitches, receivers, running boards, rock guards, tow hooks, etc.), as well as many other residential, commercial, and industrial applications.