What Is Powder Coating?
The powder coating process uses a solvent free dry mix of plastic resins, pigments and fillers that melt and fuse together when heated. The solid particles of coating are electrostatically charged in a spray gun and carried by low velocity air to the surface of the piece to be coated. The electrostatic charge holds the powder particles in place while the part is cured in a 400-degree oven. The heat of the oven causes a chemical reaction to occur and the powder to cure, creating a highly durable finish.
Is Powder Coating Durable?
Powder Coatings resist cracking and peeling and are extremely abrasion, corrosion and chemical resistant. The performance characteristics of powder coating match or exceed the characteristics achieved from conventional solvent-based coatings.
What Colors Do You Offer?
Powder Coatings are available in a large variety of colors, metallic, textures and special effects. Ace can assist you in choosing the correct coating and color for your application.
Is it Environmentally Friendly?
Powder coating is an environmentally friendly process unlike solvent-based wet paint systems. With EPA regulations growing ever stricter, powder coating is fast becoming the technology of choice. Since the powder coating process does not use solvents in any way, VOC emission problems are eliminated.
What Can Be Coated?
Any metal object that can hold an electrostatic charge and withstand the heat of the curing process can be powder coated. Powder can be applied to intricate surfaces and still maintain a uniform finish across the entire piece. Powder coating is ideal for items such as:
• Patio Furniture
• Motorcycle Frames, Wheels & Parts
• Automotive Frames Wheels & Parts
• ATV Vehicle Frames & Parts
• Bicycle Frames & Parts
• Antique metal furniture
• Industrial Fabrication
• Metal Fencing and Railings
• Retail Displays & Fixtures
What About Holes with Threads &
Other Areas That Need To Stay Coating Free?
High temperature masking can be applied to special surfaces such as threads or high tolerance areas to keep them from being coated. We also use high temperature silicon plugs for threaded holes or shafts.
What is Clear Powder Coating?
Clear powder coating serves the same purpose as clear coat wet paint. It protects the underlying finish and adds depth and luster to the surface. Clear powder coat is applied as a second coat and shot while the piece is still hot. Then the piece is returned to the oven for a second curing process.
What types of blast media do you use.
We use Aluminum Oxide and recycled crushed glass that gives a clean white finish.
We also use organic (walnut shells, corn cob etc..) type media depending on the project.
Can you just blast the dirt and grease off the parts?
No. All parts need to be free of oils and grease. We recycle our media and reuse it. If it is contaminated with oil or grease, then the next parts will get blasted with dirty media.
Can you mask certain areas so they are not blasted?
Yes. We use heavy duty tapes that withstand the media.
How much does sand blasting cost?
Price are based on a per piece or by square foot on large pieces
Do you sand blast parts that will be powder coated?
Yes we sandblast all pieces prior to powder coating. Sandblasting profiles the piece to allow better adhesion of the powder to the metal.