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04-02-2019
Powder Coatings: What are They and Why Do We Use Them?

What exactly are powder coatings? When you first think of powder coatings (without the industrial context that is) you might think of a jelly donut lightly dusted in a powdered sugar coating. Now imagine that donut is actually a metal-based piece of equipment used in the aerospace industry. Where the powdered sugared coating is a custom powder coating applied for its protection against everyday wear and tear. Maybe not as mouth-watering as a jelly donut, but incredibly useful as a preventative measure against environmental corrosion and daily overall use. Today we’ll answer two questions about powder coatings: what are they, and why do we use them?

 

What are Custom Powder Coatings?

 

In a nutshell, powder coatings are applied on metal products and equipment for its protective and decorative utility. Generally, powder coatings are applied to products composed of metal. The powder is composed of a mixture of pigment and resin, and is applied electrostatically to the surface of the product as a coating.

 

Why do we use Custom Powder Coatings?

 

Powder coatings are incredibly useful and offer a large range of benefits.

 

  • Used in a Range of Industries – Powder coatings are used in a range of industries due to their protective and decorative qualities. Some of those industries include the aerospace, automotive, chemical processing, food and beverage, military, mining and refining, paper and textile, power generation, and steel fabrication industries. 
  • More Environmentally-Friendly – Powder coatings are more environmentally friendly as they do not require solvents, and emit little to no volatile organic compounds – both of which are known to be harmful to our planet’s atmosphere.
  • Easy to Apply – powder coatings are typically applied using an electrostatic gun, which makes applying the coating fairly user friendly.
  • Cures Quicker than Liquid-based Coatings – unlike more conventional liquid-based coatings, powder coatings cure at a much faster rate. Also unlike liquid coatings, powdered coatings can ensure thicker coatings, reducing any potential issue of sagging or running coat surfaces
  • Applicable to Almost All Metals – if your product is metal, it can probably be powder coated.
  • Plenty of Colours and Finishes – powder coatings allow for aesthetic interest as there is a wide array of colours and finishes you can choose from! Matte or glossy, bright or dull, you’ll have quite the selection of colours and finishes to choose from.

Didn't know custom powder coatings are primarily used for metal surfaces! Cool!
Posted by: Samantha | February 4, 2019, 10:15 am
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