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B & B Powder Coating

Why Powder Coating?


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".  It is usually used to create a hard finish that is tougher than conventional paint.


 Advantages of powder coating:

  1. Powder coatings emit zero or near zero volatile organic compounds (VOC).
  2. Powder coatings can produce much thicker coatings than conventional liquid coatings without running or sagging.
  3. Powder coating overspray can be recycled and thus it is possible to achieve nearly 100% use of the coating.
  4. Powder coating production lines produce less hazardous waste than conventional liquid coatings.
  5. Capital equipment and operating costs for a powder line are generally less than for conventional liquid lines.
  6. Powder coated items generally have fewer appearance differences between horizontally coated surfaces and vertically coated surfaces than liquid coated items.
  7. A wide range of specialty effects is easily accomplished which would be impossible to achieve with other coating processes.

While powder coatings have many advantages over other coating processes, there are some disadvantages to the technology. While it is relatively easy to apply thick coatings which have smooth, texture-free surfaces, it is not as easy to apply smooth thin films. As the film thickness is reduced, the film becomes more and more orange peeled in texture due to the particle size and glass transition temperature (TG) of the powder. Also powder coatings will break down when exposed to UV rays between 5 to 10 years.



The powder coating process:

  

The powder coating process involves three basic steps:

  1. Part preparation or the pre-treatment
  2. The powder application
  3. Curing


Is it Environmentally Friendly?


Powder coating is an environmentally friendly process unlike solvent-based wet paint systems. With stricker EPA regulations, powder coating is quickly becoming the technology of choice. Since the powder coating process does not use solvents in any way, VOC emission problems are eliminated.



What Colors Do You Offer?


B & B Powder Coating offers hundreds of "stock colors", including metallics, textures and special effects.  B & B Powder Coating can assist you in matching and/or choosing the correct coating and color for your application.


 

What Can Be Coated?


Anything metal!  It is ideal for the following items:

  • Industrial Fabrications
  • Architectural Signage
  • Trade Show Exhibits
  • Metal Fencing and Railings
  • Retail Displays & Fixtures
  • Patio Furniture
  • Motorcycle Frames, Wheels & Parts
  • Automotive Frames, Wheels & Parts
  • Off Road Vehicle Frames, Wheels & Parts
  • Bicycle Frames, Wheels & Parts
  • Antique Beds and other Household items
  • Bird Cages
  • Porcelain Bathtubs and Sinks

 

Can I Use Body Filler?


The high oven temperature makes the use of plastic and resin body fillers impossible.  Metal fillers such as JB Weld, Lab Metal, All Metal, etc.



Some information from Wikipedia. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powder_coating)