Powder Coating and its Benefits
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Powder Coating and its Benefits

By Manufacturing Technology Insights | Friday, January 10, 2020

The powder coating process creates a long-lasting and robust, hard finish that is both decorative and protective. Demonstrating more resistance to moisture, impact, chemicals, and extreme weather than most liquid coatings of similar thickness, powder coatings proffer a product or part greater protection from chipping, scratches, abrasions, fading, corrosion, and general wear.

FREMONT, CA: The advanced technique of applying powder coating is used for both decorative and protective and finishes to any metal, which is used by industry and consumers. The powder coating refers to the dry finishing process in which free-flowing thermoset or thermoplastic powder material, instead of liquid suspension, is applied to an exterior surface, melted, and then allowed to dry and solidify into a protective coating.

Compared to traditional liquid coating methods, there are many advantages of powder coating. These include:

• Durability

The powder coating process creates a long-lasting and robust, hard finish that is both decorative and protective. Demonstrating more resistance to moisture, impact, chemicals, and extreme weather than most liquid coatings of similar thickness, powder coatings proffer a product or part greater protection from chipping, scratches, abrasions, fading, corrosion, and general wear. Additionally, they can also function as electrical insulators and can endure hours of salt spray contact. When it comes to colored powder coatings, even after being subjected to extreme environments, the color remains vibrant. This resilience makes powder coatings well-suited for high traffic, abrasive or high use areas and also diminishes the need for future coating replacement or touch-ups.

• Specialty Coatings

Powder coatings can be applied to a series of metal and non-metal materials in a wide range of colors, thicknesses, textures, and finishes that are not readily attainable through other coating methods. They can be quickly produced in much greater thicknesses compared to traditional liquid coatings without dipping, running, or sagging. Moreover, as powder coatings are composed of solid coating material, while liquid coatings include only a percentage of solid material, making a coating of a particular thickness can be achieved with fewer passes of powder than using a liquid coating. This efficiency not only reduces the turnaround time for a finished product but also saves on the amount of coating material needed and the energy expenses of curing and drying between coats.

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