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Achieving Quality Powder Coat by Monitoring Air Quality

Posted on: March 18th, 2016 by byersbushblog

Many of the “do-it-yourself” people that powder coat their own tools and equipment run into serious problems with their end results and wondering why. After all they have followed all the instructions, or at least they feel like they did.

So why on earth are the results so much lower quality than what you would get from a professional powder coating company? While many conditions come into play when trying to get the perfect powder coating, one that many people don’t even stop to think about is air quality.

That’s right; the air that you use to distribute the powder really matters. Spray the particles with the wrong type of air and you will end up with lack-luster results that you simply aren’t going to like.

Fight off Moisture and Oil Particles

There are two major contaminants often present in the air coming from an air compressor. The first is oil particles and the second moisture itself. Compressors generate a great amount of moisture, which is why they have to be drained regularly.

If you aren’t able to control these two contaminants properly, you are going to end up with serious quality issues on your finished products. Both oil and moisture can affect how well the powder coating adheres to the underlying surface. That means it will wear off faster and you won’t get as even of a coat in the end.

Get the Right Equipment for the Job

To deliver high quality air to your powder coating system you need a large air compressor that fit for the job. It needs to be sized large enough to deliver a steady flow of powder for you to completely coat the material in a short period of time.

That means you need a compressor that can nearly match the CFM output of your powder gun that you are using. After you get a compressor that is large enough you need to set it up so all the contaminants are removed from the system.

You need an air dryer system that often known as a desiccant air dryer. You also need a pretty advanced filtration system designed to capture those fine particles before they make it into your final air stream once released out of the nozzle end. With these two additions you’ll be able to control the moisture and contaminants in your air supply so that everything is good quality.

Let the Professionals Deal with it

If you don’t have the right setup to battle those two issues, or you simply don’t want to worry about all those minute details before you bother applying a powder coat, then you should just go to a professional to have your items powder coated.

You will likely save money over buying your own equipment, you will save time than trying to finish the work on your own and you will end up with better results in the end. All in all it makes a lot of sense to work with professionals.

Getting powder coating right isn’t as simple as it seems at first. There are lots of potential problems that you can face, and the air quality is just one of them that you have to try to keep in mind. If you aren’t intimidated by such issues and you’re dedicated enough to making sure you perfect every stage of the powder coating process.

You can save money over the long-term by doing the work yourself. If that sounds like too much work to you, or you are not confident you can nail the process over time you are better off leaving it to the pros and focusing on other parts of your business instead.

Contact Byers Bush, professional company in powder coating and ease your mind over your powder coating project rather than do the powder coating project yourself with uncertain results.

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