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Powder coating is a type of coating that is applied as a free-flowing, dry powder. The main difference between a conventional liquid paint and a powder coating is that the powder coating does not require a solvent to keep the binder and filler parts in a liquid suspension form. The coating is typically applied electrostatically and is then cured under heat to allow it to flow and form a “skin.” 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, such as “whiteware”, aluminium extrusions, and automobile and bicycle parts. Newer technologies allow other materials, such as MDF (medium-density fibreboard), to be powder coated using different methods.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What items can be Powder Coated?A. Any electrically conductive metal or material that can withstand 400° F temperature without losing its integrity.
Q. How do you prepare parts for Powder Coating?A. Surface must be perfectly clean, typically metal surface exposed with no contaminants. Oil must be thoroughly removed. COPC does this preparation for you. Before you bring the parts to us, please remove any rubber, plastics, gaskets, bearings, and other parts that are sensitive to 400° F temperature including excess oil and grease. For example, bring your rims without tires and valve stems.
Q. Why should I use Powder Coating?A. Powder coated product simply looks better. It’s more durable than liquid paint, more chip resistant, has superior adhesion, is less expensive than liquid paint of comparable performance, environmentally friendly, chemically resistant, and ready to use as soon as a part has cooled down
Q. Is there a Powder Coating process that resembles chrome?A. Yes, the powder coating “Near Chrome” is very comparable, however you lose the mirror effect with the finished product.
Q. Can you clear coat with Powder?A. Yes!
Q. Can you strip paint?A. Yes! We can Media Blast your parts for an additional charge.
Q. What colors and textures are available?A. COPC has a good selection of colors and textures available in stock. Should you select a color not available in our stock we would be pleased to order it from a powder manufacturer. The powder coating industry has several hundred colors and textures available in stock.
Q. How large a part can you coat?A. Flat: Approximately 7.5′ long x 5.5′ high. Three dimensional: Approximately 7.5′ x 5.5′ x 5.5′
Q. What is typically Powder Coated?A. Any metal or conductive parts withstanding 400 F temperature and requiring resistant, aesthetically appealing coating against corrosion and oxidization. Powder coating is extensively used by the appliance, automotive, agricultural equipment, electronics, fabricated steel, fitness and sporting goods equipment, furniture, garden equipment, medical equipment, office equipment and store fixture industries.
Q. What determines cost?A. Number of pieces (piece cost decreases as the number of parts increases per batch), stripping required, masking required, color (non-stock colors are more expensive), texture, piece weight and maximum material thickness are the main factors affecting cost.
Q. Do you handle small jobs?A. Yes!
Q. What imperfections will Powder Coating cover up?A. Powder coating can cover minor scratches and small imperfections. Smooth glossy powders are the most demanding and matte or textured powders the most forgiving for surface preparation. However, Powder Coating will not make up for poor workmanship. As with any coating, the end result is only as good as the surface it was applied on.
Q. What is the turnaround time? Can you have it finished sooner?A: We like to have 5-10 working days on standard colors. In the event that a custom color is selected, it may be as many as 15 working days. Expedited pricing is available upon request.
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Cerakote High Temperature Coatings are designed to improve the performance of exhaust systems. These coatings prevent corrosion, increase durability and provide thermal insulation. CerakoteTM exhaust coatings are available in a variety of colors and finishes ranging from semi-gloss Black Velvet to high gloss Stoplight Red. A line of Satin Metallic finishes are also available. All of these products can withstand temperatures in excess of 1200°F and select coatings can withstand temperatures higher than 1600°F. Cerakote has a unique ceramic structure that out-performs any competitive coating and improves performance in both laboratory and real world settings. Cerakote coatings are formulated for specific applications and technical requirements. Current CerakoteTM product lines include coatings specifically for firearms, exhaust systems, pistons and high wear applications. In addition, CerakoteTM is available in a line of ceramic clear coats.
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