VA MetalFab - The Process
 

 

The coating process:

Cleaning:
      1.  We clean all of our parts (unless otherwise specified) with a phosphorous based chemical solvent, thoroughly cleansing it of any oils or other residues which could could cause defects or imperfections in the finished product.

      2. After being washed the parts are put in an oven for a short time, this quickly dries them and bakes off any remaining residue.

      3. As an additional step to help ensure a quality finish, we also hand check every part for defects or damage that may have occured during delivery to our shop.

Coating:
      4. The dry powder is blown through a low-pressure air 'gun' where it becomes positively charged. Powder sprays out of the gun and onto a grounded part. The powder is drawn to the grounded object, causing it to adhere to the part.

Curing:
      5. It is then baked in an oven for curing. This process results in a stronger coating that has literally adhered to the part. Powder coating is tougher than many other conventional applications, such as paint, and is highly resistant to wear and tear.

 

What are the advantages of Powder Coating?

More Durable
Powder coating gives consumers, businesses, and industry one of the most economical, longest-lasting, and most color-durable quality finishes available.

 Powder coated surfaces are more resistant to chipping, scratching, fading, and wearing than other finishes. Color selection is virtually unlimited with high and low gloss, metallic, and clear finishes available. And colors stay bright and vibrant longer. Texture selections range from smooth surfaces to a wrinkled or matte finish, and rough textures designed for hiding surface imperfections.

Protects the Environment
 Powder coating is also highly protective of our environment. While liquid finishes contain solvents which have pollutants known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), powder coating contains no solvents and releases negligible amounts, if any, of VOCs into the atmosphere. Thus, there is no longer a need for finishers to buy costly pollution control equipment. In addition, most powder coating overspray that does not adhere to the part can be retrieved and reused, virtually eliminating the waste commonly found in liquid finishing processes.

Saves Money
Elimination of VOCs and reduction of wastes saves money and helps companies comply more easily and economically with the regulations of the U.S. Enviroptnmental Protection Agency. In fact, one of the major elements in expanding the market for powder coating has been the implementation over the past 30 years of stringent air pollution control legislation.
(article courtesy of
www.powdercoating.org)

 

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