Powder Coating 101

So many surfaces on machinery, appliances, automobiles and household items have been finished using a technique called powder coating. Powder coating is a long-lasting and durable finish that has become extremely popular in the past 30 years.

If you’ve seen what powder coating looks like but aren’t sure of what exactly it is or how it’s done, we’re here to help. Our experts at Powder Vision Inc. provide top-notch powder coating services in Washington every day. Read on to learn the basics of powder coating and why you should consider having it applied to surfaces in the future!

What is powder coating?

Powder coating, at its core, is a dry finishing process that provides a protective or decorative top layer to surfaces. Powder coating is often applied to metallic surfaces such as steel, aluminum, stainless steel and brass.

Powder coatings can come in a wide variety of color shades and textures to provide the look you desire while also offering a long-lasting, very durable finish.

Powder coating application

Powder coating is created using polymer resin systems combined with curatives, pigments, leveling agents and other modifiers. The ingredients get melted, mixed, cooled and then ground up into powder.

The company providing the powder coating services in Washington will spray this powder onto the surface being coated using a process called electrostatic spray deposition (ESD). With this method, a spray gun applies an electrostatic charge to the powder, which becomes attracted to the grounded part being coated.

Once the powder is applied, the coated part is cured in an oven. The heat helps cause a chemical reaction which forms long molecular chains that are resistant to breakdown, which helps provide the extreme durability of powder coated products.

Benefits of powder coating

There are numerous benefits to powder coating. One of the most important, and one of the reasons powder coating came to exist, is that it releases no fumes, carcinogens or hazardous byproducts, making it much more environmentally friendly. Many liquid coating methods produce hazardous waste materials and use harmful solvents that can harm the environment.

Additionally, powder coating products helps protect the products due to its durability. The application is much more durable than liquid coatings like paints. Products are much more resistant to diminished coating quality as a result of impact, chemicals, light and other conditions, as well as resistant to scratches, chips, fading and corrosion.

Because it lasts a long time, is very durable and is environmentally friendly, it’s no surprise that many companies have shifted from using liquid coatings on their products to using powder coating.

We offer top-quality powder coating services in Washington

If you’re in need of powder coating for your machinery, products or other parts, call Powder Vision Inc.! We know firsthand the benefits and uses of powder coating, which is why we’ve dedicated ourselves to the craft since our founding in 1997. We provide residential, commercial and industrial clients with top-quality powder coating in Washington, including parts for cars and motorcycles, patio furniture, city maintenance and signage for housing developments. Call us today for more information and see what we can do for you!