Why choose powder coating over traditional paint?
Long lasting quality
Powder coating provides a finish that makes metal look better and last longer. It provides the most attractive, durable and quality finish available. It is commonly used on products such as agricultural equipment, fence and iron gates, consumer appliances…the list is endless.
Environmentally friendly and pollution free
Unlike traditional liquid paint, powder coatings don’t require the use of solvents and don’t emit harmful VOCs into the air. Unused powder can be recovered and recycled, reducing waste, and excess powder is easily disposable.
How does it work?
Powder coatings are essentially resins that contain pigments and other additives that have been combined, melted and mixed and then ground into fine powders. These powders are then sprayed onto a metal substrate using a spray gun that applies an electrostatic charge to the particles. The result is an attraction to the metal. After the coating has been sprayed on, the coated piece is placed into a curing oven where the heat causes a chemical reaction, forming molecular chains that are very resistant to breakdown.
Where is Powder Coating Used?
Architecture/Building – The architectural and building market powder coats aluminum extrusions used on frames for windows and doors and modular furniture. Decorative iron gates and rails can stay looking new through decades of weather.
Appliances – The appliance industry benefits from powder coating on front and side panels of ranges and refrigerators, washer tops and lids, dryer drums, air-conditioner cabinets, water heaters, dishwasher racks, and cavities of microwave ovens. Powder coating has also replaced porcelain enamel on many washer and dryer parts. Powder coating gives designers the ability to introduce a splash of color in a kitchen design. Industrial styles that utilize metal cabinets can painted in any color for a custom look.
Automotive – There is huge market potential for high-heat resistant powder coatings on aftermarket mufflers, which resist corrosion, protect against nicks and prolong the life of the muffler. Some companies are already applying heat-resistant powder to aftermarket mufflers, and the new-car market is thought to be two or three years away.
Powder coating is also applied to wheels, grilles, bumpers, door handles, roof racks and exterior and interior trim. “Under the hood” uses include oil and fuel filters, brake pads, engine block casings, suspension components and radiators. Pickup truck and SUV owners can purchase powder coated side steps, bed rails, luggage racks and toolboxes as dealership add-ons or in aftermarket stores and catalogs.
Performance car owners can find powder coated special suspension units, carburetor parts and valve covers, plus flashy rear-view mirror mounts and other exterior adornments.
Everyday Products – There are also innumerable everyday uses for powder coated products such as lighting fixtures, antennas, and electrical components. Farmers have powder coated tractors and farm equipment. Fitness buffs use golf clubs and golf carts, ski poles and bindings, snowmobiles, bicycles, and exercise equipment that are powder coated. Shop owners have powder coated display racks, shelves, store fixtures, and vending machines. Office workers use metal furniture, computer cabinets, mechanical pencils and pens, thumbtacks, and other desk accessories that are powder coated. Parents have powder coated baby strollers, cribs, metal toys, and wagons. And home owners have lawn mowers, snow blowers, barbecue grills, patio furniture, garden tools, electronic components, bathroom scales, tool boxes, and fire extinguishers which benefit from a powder coated finish. The powder coating boom has just begun, expect more exciting uses in the near future.