What is powder coat, and how does it work?
Yeswepowdercoat.com has been in the powder coating business for the last 4 years and we have certainly learned a lot. Let me pass on a little of our knowledge to you. Powder coating is the industry best standard because it is very durable and lasts the test of time. Powder coating is actually a really neat process, let me explain a little more about the process to help you gain a better understanding of how it works! First, we have to clean and prep the material. Once it is clean, we then make sure that everything is grounded. We use a 6-foot grounding rod, one end goes in the ground and then two wires come off of that. One wire that connects onto the material that we are powder coating and one wire that connects to the Wagner powder coating applicator / gun. Then we load the color of your choosing on to the vibrating plate and insert the feeder rod into the powder coat. After the material is properly prepped, hung and grounded we are then ready to start applying the powder coat. In order to properly apply the powder coat you need to keep the tip of the gun about 6 to 12 inches away from the material and the powder should lay down smooth. The most common area that people struggle to get are the corners because they are tight, and it can be difficult to get the powder in to those spots. But that is normal, just be patient and try to use a different angle or if you are still struggling at that point you might need to adjust your KV’s. Once you have the power in all of the nooks and crannies whatever you do, do not touch your material! If you do accidentally touch your material don’t worry you will just need to lightly apply a little more powder to the spot nothing more. Then carefully move the material into the oven at 400 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes so the powder coat is completely cured. Next remove the material from the oven. Remember do not touch the material or it will burn you, and you can potentially damage all the work you just did. Now let it rest until the temperature comes down and now your material is now ready to go. If you have any questions, you can contact me at Yeswepowdercoat.com or our email is email@example.com
Yes We Powder Coat is introducing Puroplaz PE and Puroplaz PA. These are a new type of powder coat to Yes We Powder Coat that has incredible flexibility and extreme high impact resistance as well as a tough film that feels soft to the touch. Puroplaz PA is a nylon based thermoplastic powder coating and Puroplaz PE is an extremely tough and pliable polyethylene thermoplastic powder coating that are both manufactured by an American company. Puroplaz is BPA, phthalate and halogen free and contains no chlorine components, plasticizers or heavy metals and is California Proposition 65 compliant. At Yes We Powder Coat we pride ourselves in providing the highest quality products coupled with the best customer service to make your powder coating experience with us top notch.
Puroplaz has been and continues to be put through rigorous performance testing. This includes ASTM standard tests such as ASTM B117 (going well beyond 10,000 hours salt spray) and ASTM G26 Xenon Arc (far surpassing architectural requirements), to application specific tests including ASTM F1043-08 and ASTM F668-07 for fencing and ANSI/NSF 61 cathodic protection. All that information just goes to say that Puroplaz is a tough, hardworking and resistant film that is perfect for applications such as outdoor furniture and site amenities, fencing and handrails, wire goods, automotive parts such as running boards, clips and harnesses, water pipe and fittings, oil pipe and fittings, medical equipment, boats and ships, battery boxes and electrical trays.
Puroplaz has 9 colors to choose from, black, white, gray, dark blue, light blue, green, brown, yellow and black. Give Puroplaz a try on your next project that is needing a tough and durable yet flexible powder coat finish. We would love to give you a bid on your next powder coating project. We can guarantee that your experience with Yes We Powder Coat will be second to none. Give us a call at 702-982-1212 to schedule your next powder coating project.
Why is prepping the material so important?
What happens if the metal is not prepped properly?
If the coating on the material is defective or there is a contaminant present and the metal has not been properly prepared before powder coating, there are several defects that can occur in the finished powder coat’s appearance as well as its ability to allow the powder to attract to the metal during the spraying process.
If dirt is present, either within the powder coating mechanical system or even in the air within the spraying booth, the finished product can have evenly distributed or random patches of “lumpiness” in its appearance. Extreme care must be taken to ensure a clean booth and operating system in addition to meticulously cleaning the material of any grease, dirt, or residue prior to coating the metal. We clean all our iron initially with acetone. It is a slightly acidic, organic solvent that most people associate with paint thinner or nail polish remover. It is also a substance that is produced in and removed from our own bodies in metabolism. Once the metal is thoroughly cleaned of all contaminants, it is hung on large racks and placed into the booth, ready for the powder coating process.
What types of metal can be powder coated?
To put it most simply, any metal that can hold an electrical charge and tolerate high temperatures for curing can be powder coated. The most common of these are aluminum, steel, titanium, bronze, and brass. Each of these metals have limitations or qualities that require different approaches in order to powder coat them appropriately.
Steel is produced in a couple of different ways, either hot rolled or cold rolled. Producing steel via the hot rolled method involves creating sheets of metal through a procedure of rolling the material at extremely high temperatures. This process produces an oxide surface coat on the metal that must be removed prior to powder coating. Examples of steel that are produced in this fashion are truck frames, pipes and tubes, automotive wheels and rims, doors, and shelving to name a few. Steel produced though the cold rolled method is normally performed at or about room temperature. Typically, strips, bars, rods, and sheets are cold rolled. Cold rolling increases the strength of the material and does not cause a surface scale to be present. It is more expensive than its hot rolled counterpart. Common uses for cold rolled steel are home appliances, desks and furniture, shelving, light fixtures, water heaters and frying pans.
Stainless steel contains a compound called Chromium, among several other elements. The chromium content in stainless steel is what provides this metal with its protective qualities from rusting. A chemical reaction inherent in the material occurs that provides a coating that protects it from corrosion, making it ideal for situations where moisture exposure is imminent. It also gives the material the capability to “heal” itself when oxygen is present.
Brass and copper can also be powder coated yet require thorough cleaning prior to the process as well.
Why use powder coat?
We use powder coating on all the iron brought to our shop. What does the finish look like? What is the longevity of powder coat? How do you apply it? Let me answer these questions for you….
I am a professional iron worker, active in this field for over 10 years. Powder coat has become the industry standard due to the longevity of the finish. Powder coat will last 2 to 3 times longer than paint. The finish will keep its shine and look new for up to 15 or 20 years. Powder coat can handle more wear and tear because of the special blend of Polyester and Dicyandiamide it contains. Powder Coat can hold up against the weather due to these special blended chemicals and continue looking new year after year.
What do the colors and finishes of powder coating look like?
You would be surprised with the many finishes you can get with powder coat! You can get nearly all the colors in the rainbow in powder coat, and Yes! you can even get custom colors made that you would like. Powder coat is not the same as paint, you cannot take a little of one color and add it to another color and ruin the powder coat, blended colors in powder coat are completely possible! The finishes you can get in powder coat are almost the same as paint. You can get matte, flat, slimy gloss, and high gloss finishes or a textured /hammered look. The textured/hammered finish is an amazing look and adds a 3D appearance and feel to the color. We can even provide powder coating in candy color finishes. Yes! candy colors!
What is the process for applying powder coat?
First, we take the material we are working with and completely clean it. Cleaning the material is the #1 most important part of the process. We need to make sure the material we are working with is impeccably clean! There cannot be any grease, oil, dirt, rust and/or fingerprints on the metal. The cleaning process can take a long time depending on how much debris is on the material.
Once the material is cleaned, it’s hung on metal racks and placed in the powder spray booth. We hook up a grounding clamp to the metal and make sure it is well grounded. Powder has the consistency of powdered sugar. The powder coat machine creates an electrical field around the spray applicator attracting the powder to the ground. The powder then sticks to the metal. Once the material is completely covered, the grounding clamp is removed and the rack is pushed into our 20 by 8 foot oven and baked at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
Can you paint over powder coat?
Yes! you can paint over powder coat. The most important thing to a paint job is the prep work done to the material prior to painting it. If you are going to paint over anything, do yourself a huge favor and do not by cheap paint! When you go to apply the paint, use the appropriate applicator to do so
Powder Coat: what is powder coat? That is a really good question.
The First ingredient is Polyester, is a specific material naturally occurring chemical, such as in cotton, plant cuticles, this material is used extensively in clothing.
The second ingredient is the curing agents such a Dicyandiamide it is used when the epoxies in the coating and primed curing agents it is used if coating contains Polyesters.
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