Powder Coating

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Powder Coating

The electrostatic application of an organic powder to metal is known as Powder Coating. The powder is “cured” by heating or baking, resulting in a hard layer. The Powder Coating process includes pretreatment (chemical or abrasive cleaning), powder application, and high-temperature powder curing. During curing, the powder gels, flows, and dries, producing a durable, smooth powder finish.

This beautiful glossy finish is very resistant to chemicals, wear, and chipping. It is three times stronger than solvent-based paints. Powder coating results in a quality finish that can be seen and felt for years.

Without proper pretreatment, however, the powder on a part will chip and rust easily. To achieve the best results, we remove rust, debris, and existing coatings.

You can find virtually any variation of color on the spectrum in powder form. It is imperative to note, however, that all powder brands are not alike.

Minnesota Industrial Coatings utilizes high-quality Powder Coating materials for your long-term satisfaction. Our coating technicians are highly skilled, and our process is unbeatable. Contact us for an estimate.

Powder Coating vs. Wet Painting

Powder coating can replace traditional wet painting when superior performance is either desired or required. We can all but eliminate issues or concerns associated with wet painting through the Powder Coating process.

The advantages of Powder Coating, as opposed to wet paint, generally fall into four categories:

  1. Performance – Powder coating will produce the most attractive, durable, high-quality finish. Powder coatings are more corrosion-resistant, chemical-resistant, and weather-resistant than liquid coatings. Additionally, powder-coated surfaces resist more chipping, scratching, and other such wear-and-tear due to the thermal bonding step during curing.

Unlike traditional wet paint, powders also don’t drip or run, providing a more uniform finish. If that’s not enough, the vibrancy of a powder-coated part’s color tends to stay brighter and fresher longer.

  1. Operational Costs – The process of Powder Coating is cheaper and can cover more area than most other organic finishes. This translates to lower material costs than traditional wet painting processes. Powder coating also lends itself well to automation, further reducing expenses. Additionally, the Powder Coating process produces less waste, uses less energy, and reduces disposal costs.
  2. Safety – Traditional wet paint is carcinogenic, flammable, and full of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These VOCs can be hazardous to plant/shop personnel if not appropriately handled. On the other hand, Powder Coatings are generally VOC-free materials and contain no solvents. This means they do not involve the potentially harmful chemicals typically found in a wet spray project.
  3. Environmental – In addition to the lack of VOCs, Powder Coating is a clean process. Powder overspray can be retrieved and reused. Unused powder can generally be reclaimed and returned to a hopper for recirculation through the system, with little to no waste.

Plus, most Powder Coating materials are considered landfill/non-hazardous materials. Powder coatings meet all Environmental Protection Agency requirements for air and water pollution control.

Powder Coating AND E-Coat Primer = The Highest Performance

We are one of a small number of companies that can offer both Powder Coating and E-coating! When used together (E-coat base with Powder top coat), you get the best of both worlds! We’re talking quality, beautiful finishes, with almost unlimited color options and unmatched corrosion resistance, even under some of the harshest conditions!

When your product needs the absolute best protection, we can utilize both processes.

Using E-Coating as your primer and Powder Coating as your topcoat will ensure the best corrosion resistance, chemical resistance, scratch resistance, chip resistance, and overall-wearing surface available!

Advantages of Powder Coating

Powder Coating Capabilities

As one of the Elemet Group companies, we often work on manufacturing projects from our sister companies, Elemet Manufacturing or Glenn Metalcraft. They make the pieces, and we coat them! How can we help with your finishing project?