Understanding How Powder Coating Works
Powder coating in automotive parts is a process that everybody is now talking about. Powder coating is increasingly becoming popular in recent years due to various reasons. Powder coating is indeed beeing seen in use on media shows. This makes the whole world that watches these shows to know of the existence of powder coating. So let us first learn what powder coating is, how it is done.
If you want to achieve a quality finish, you should know that it is vital to first prepare. The thing that you want to powder coat must not have any substance, oil, dirt, or paint. This can be fully achieved through the use of sandblasting equipment. However, if you don’t have this equipment, you can do it by hand or with some chemicals. The item must then be baked so that all the moisture from the metal is removed. Now the item has been removed from any material, so you should now treat it as a solution to de-grease it, so it does not corrode.
The process of powder coating is where some chosen things are coated using a fine powder pigment and resin that is usually ground using paint particles that form a substance that is powder-like. The things that you want a powder coat should be the rack for support. You should use a powder gun to spray the powder on the things. Then you will need to use a large oven to heat the coating and cure it. It should be done in temperatures of around 400 to 450 degrees. The reason why the items are heated is so that the pigment can melt, blend, and cure so that the result is a long-lasting finish. The item must have a uniform coat after the powder coat. You can use powder coating on aluminum, zinc, steel, or any other material. The finished product’s quality is one that can outperform and outlast other painted items. There are several hundred types of colors you can select from. Powder coating goes above resisting any abrasions, impact, solvents, or acids.
Powder coating is also used in coating items like strut bars, coil springs, sway bars, engine parts, trim parts, bumpers, wheels, valve covers, and several other items. There are various options of who you want to do the powder coating for you. In metropolitan areas, there are many companies with exclusively provide powder coating services or others that offer it along with their main services. There are some online companies that contribute to the equation with some of them providing the services. There are two ways that you can buy powder coated parts. In popular parts, some companies have in stock the core parts which can be coated using different colors. A client orders the part and sends the part to them. If you want a customized job, you should get the part out and send it to the company performing powder coating. Some companies also sell DIY kits. With these kits you can use a toaster or an electric oven to cure and bake the finished part.