Powder coating services are popular for industrial processes due to the many benefits of this type of dry painting work.
What is Powder Coating?
Powder coating refers to a dry form of painting on metal surfaces. It consists of polymers that are electrostatically sprayed on metal surfaces before the paint is cured with a heating process. The heat makes the powder spray to coat the metal surface evenly.
The electrostatic spray method consists of paint application through a spray gun to achieve the desired electric charge on the powder. Electrostatic charge is electric charge that is not in motion but at rest. The heat after the application helps to make the coating adhere to metal surfaces strongly.
Benefits of Powder Coating
There are many reasons for the popularity of powder coating services. Powder coating has proven itself as beneficial in many ways for various industrial processes.
Powder coating offers durability.
Powder coating is a durable painting application. The curing process of the powder coating helps form molecular chains that are long and do not break easily. Metals with powder coating have better resistance against scratching, chipping, and peeling. Machinery and other metal objects with powder coating can also resist damage that can occur from moisture, chemicals, and even extreme climatic conditions. Powder coating can also provide metals with better protection from corrosion.
The durability factor makes powder coating a popular painting application for external use such as cladding, window frames, fences, and any external metal structure. Powder coating is not the only paint application for metals. But it is one of the most durable.
Powder coating is cost-effective.
Application of powder coating results in very little waste. Any powder that doesn’t adhere to the metal surfaces can be collected for reuse. It also doesn’t contain any VOCs or volatile organic compounds as no solvent is required to be added for the coating process. It eliminates the need for companies to invest in equipment for air pollution control. The powder coating also produces little or no hazardous environmental waste; eliminating the costs needed to handle it.
Powder coating is also not a labor-intensive work. You can significantly reduce your labor costs for powder coating services.
Companies providing powder coating services can then transfer these cost benefits to their customers.
Powder coating is available in many textures and colors.
Powder coating is available in various glossy or matte finishes. There are many decorative textures available as well. Other options are coatings that can provide wrinkled or extremely smooth textures. These decorative textures are ideal for metal finishing works needed for furniture, sports equipments, appliances, power tools etc.
You can choose any color for powder coating. From neutrals to neons and bright shades; powder coating is available in any color. Availability of such a wide variety of textures and colors makes it easier to use powder coating for hundreds of applications. Powder coating is used in automotive parts, building materials, appliances, and everyday items.
Powder coating is used on wheels, bumpers, engine parts, filters, and various automotive parts. It is used for architectural works and building materials such as guard rails, signs, frames, poles etc. Many components used in air conditioners, heaters, refrigerators, dryers, washers, and microwave ovens have powder coating on them. Items such as golf carts, bicycles, ski poles, vending machines, lawn mowers, fire extinguishers, and farm equipments have metal parts with powder coating.
Different textures and colors available in powder coating applications make it possible for it to be used in such a wide variety of industries and objects.
Powder coating offers a thick but flexible layer of paint.
It is easier to get a thicker coating on metal using powder coating. But some applications require the metal parts to remain flexible even after the paint application. Even though powder coating can be thicker than other types of paint applications, the metal objects can remain flexible enough to function well. An example can be use of powder coating in the transportation industry as there is a greater chance of damage to metal components from a lot of movement. The flexibility factor minimizes the damage while the powder coating offers protection as well.
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