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What is Powder Coating?

Powder Coating

Powder coating is the process of coating a surface in which a powder material is applied using an electrostatic or compressed air method, or sometimes a fluidized bed.

The applied powder is then heated (cured) in an oven to its melting point, after which it flows to form a smooth film which dries to a firm, durable finish very resistent to scratches, cracking, peeling, UV rays and rust.

The entire powder coating process involves several steps. Very generally:

Advantages of Powder Coating

Because of the advanced method with which powder coatings are applied, all types of powder coating provide a durable, uniform and attractive finish. All powder coatings are decorative and protective, and different formulations of powder coatings are available to provide extra protection from ultra-violet rays, corrosion, abrasion, and chemicals. Some types are even approved for use by the FDA in food grade applications.

What's more, they provide good electrical insulation properties and can also have special characteristics like electrostatic discharge.

Powder Coating: The Coating of Choice

Powder coating has become the coating of choice for consumer goods from lawn mowers, bicycles, and lawn furniture and office furniture, to kitchen appliances and automobiles. Powder coatings are available in an amazing variety of decorative colors and textures to stretch the limits of the most imaginative designer; the application options are virtually endless.

Powder coating is now the fastest-growing finishing technology in North America, representing over 15% of all industrial finishing applications.

Quality of Powder Coating

The unique method with which powder coating is applied results in superior consistency and uniformity of the finish without sags, drips, runs, or bubbles. The finish an extremely tough, durable coating which enhances the value of any consumer product to which it is applied.

In general, the performance properties - impact resistance, flexibility, and corrosion resistance - of powder coating are better than with liquid paints.

Powder coated parts resist cracking, peeling, and marring during handling and normal service use. In many cases, merchandise is specifically advertised as "Powder Coated" because of the quality image it projects.

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