Powder coating may very well be the most durable and efficient method available to coat or finish any metal surface here in Michigan. Many businesses have turned to powder coating, especially in the Detroit area, as a more sustainable, economical, safe and longer-lasting protective coating (nearly four times longer than spray paint). It is the proven alternative to traditional wet finishes. Powder coating has less waste, and because it is a dry operation, less breakdowns occur in the system and this means less maintenance is required. This allows for fewer repair costs, not to mention thicker, longer lasting coats that also mean less repeat coatings.
When you look at coating thickness, transfer efficiency and environmental impact, it’s easy to see how powder coating is superior to wet finishes. But the truth is, the longevity of these coatings can also be greatly affected by the cleaning/stripping process of the item being coated. There are many ways to clean an item, but some methods are better than others. Here are two valuable tips to make sure your powder coating will be as strong and long-lasting as it can be.
○ Acidic treatments – An acidic cleaner will work best for removal of inorganic (metallic) soils.
○ Alkaline treatments – Alkaline is more suitable for removal of organic soils. Solvent-borne coatings like spray paint are more forgiving of organic soils left behind after the cleaning process than powder coating. For a quality powder coat, use an alkaline cleaner (i.e. iron phosphate or zinc phosphate for higher-end operations) to remove all organic soils from the piece before coating.
○ Neutral treatments – If the substrate being coated is a material that reacts strongly to acids or alkalis (aluminum or zinc), a neutral cleaner is more desirable.
With this information, you will be able to maximize the potential of your powder coating operation. To make sure you get the best results possible, use Parker Ionics powder coating equipment. Our Pulse Power® charging technology will give you the maximum transfer efficiency in faraday areas, and leave your item with a thick, even coat for years to come. Call us today for more information on how to succeed in powder coating any item!
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