Powder Coating

What is Powder Coating?

Powder coating is a type of coating that is applied as a free-flowing, dry powder. Unlike conventional liquid paint which is delivered via an evaporating solvent, powder coating is typically applied electrostatically and then cured under heat. The powder may be a thermoplastic or a thermoset polymer. It is usually used to create a hard finish that is tougher than conventional paint. Powder coating is mainly used for coating of metals.

Advantages of Powder Coating

  1. Powder coatings contain no solvents and release little or no amount of volatile organic compounds (VOC) into the atmosphere. Thus, there is no need for finishers to buy costly pollution control equipment. Companies can comply more easily and economically with the regulations of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  2. Powder coatings can produce much thicker coatings than conventional liquid coatings without running or sagging.
  3. Powder coated items generally have fewer appearance differences than liquid coated items between horizontally coated surfaces and vertically coated surfaces.
  4. A wide range of specialty effects are easily accomplished using powder coatings that would be impossible to achieve with other coating processes.
  5. Curing time is significantly faster with powder coating than with liquid coating.


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I have Chrome Wheels, Can they be Powder Coated?

Yes, kinda..

We will not warranty or guarantee results of powder coating over chrome. Reason being that chrome tends to lift off and corrode over time. When this occurs it takes the powder coat with it. Proper adhesion of the powder to chrome is also hit and miss. We will not perform redos of items powder coated over chrome without charging full price for the item to be re coated. 

How do I clean and maintain powder coat?

Powder coating is an incredibly durable finish, however, it isn't bullet proof or completely impervious to damage. Much like the paint on your car, powder coating should be maintained to ensure the longest lasting finish possible. Powder coated items should be routinely cleaned of pollutants that can settle on the finish and begin to degrade the coating.

 

We ONLY recommend using mild detergent soap and water to clean powder coating! Harsh chemicals and other cleaners can harm the finish.

 

This video explores the options of cleaning your powder coated wheels using a general 'wheel cleaner' and some of the pitfalls associated with it. We recommend using warm water with a mild detergent for the best, safest results. If you do decide to use a wheel cleaner, be sure to follow all directions listed on the wheel cleaner bottle.

 

How hot is too hot for standard powder coatings?

Traditional non-high temp powder coatings can withstand up to about 250°F and occasional spikes in temp up to about 350°F - 400°F. Our experience has shown high temperature powder coatings to be troublesome to spray, have poor longevity, and overall durability. For higher temp applications such as exhaust, we recommend CeraKote.

CeraKoting

What is CeraKoting

ā€‹Cerakote™ is a Polymer-Ceramic Composite coating that can be applied to metals, plastics, polymers and wood. The unique formulation used for Cerakote™ ceramic coating enhances a number of physical performance properties including abrasion/wear resistance, corrosion resistance, chemical resistance, impact strength, and hardness. Each of these properties is rigorously tested to guarantee that Cerakote™ products remain at the forefront of the ceramic coatings market. Cerakote™ ceramic coatings utilize state-of-the-art technology to out-perform any competitive coating in both laboratory settings and real world applications.

What do I do when i leave your shop with my part?

High Temp CeraKote takes about 5 days to fully cure. Through our own testing we have found that after installing your peice you run your vehicle through a heat cycle. 30 minute idle, 30 minute rest 30 minute idle, 30 minute rest then drive the vehicle as normal.

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