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Best Powder Coating Equipment for Great Results

Posted on: December 27th, 2017 by byersbushblog

Locked and Loaded: Powder Coating Equipment

Our spray guns are locked and loaded!  We have the powder coating equipment needed to achieve results.  You need a powder coating system that goes beyond the competition.  To reach an “above and beyond” status, the proper tools are a fundamental requirement.  We will consider some of the equipment needed for proper powder coating.  And explain how the process works.

Cost effective and resiliently durable, powder coating is the future of surface finishing.  With the right tools and equipment proper application results in a “shell” that will outlast traditional paints and industrial coatings.  These surfaces resist chipping and scratching like an armor coating prepared for battle.  The color selection is practically unlimited.

UV protective elements can be added to the powder keeping the color and shine strong even in tough environments.

What is powder coating?

It looks like paint, but stronger and longer lasting, powder coating is a method of covering a surface with a dry polymer based powder that hardens when heated.  This powder flows freely upon the surface covering its entirety.  No solvents are needed as it is not a liquid.

In traditional liquid paints the solvent keeps the binding agent and the pigmented filler in solution.  Once the solvent evaporates, the paint will have formed a hard coating.  The difference with powder coating is that instead of using the solvent it is solidified through heat causing the thermoplastic powder to reform around the surface into a coating stronger and more robust than conventional paints.

A process of electrostatic charge is often utilized to hold the powder in place prior to the heating stage.  Traditionally used on metal objects and surfaces like car and bike parts, it can also be applied to other materials like wood and medium density fiberboard.

Powder Coating Guns

Which powder coating gun should you use?  Are all guns created equal?  Let’s consider some options. Lower-end models are not as expensive and for smaller jobs work fine.

Professional results can be achieved using these guns.  These usually only have one voltage setting.  The more high-end models offer dual voltage settings enabling you to effectively coat the assigned piece without worrying about incomplete coverage.

Some things to consider are the size of your surfaces and the number of corners and tight spaces there may be.  Chose a gun and accessory setup that will meet the requirements of your job.  We are happy to put our experience and expertise in this area to work for you.

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Powder Coating Ovens

Using the application gun to achieve an even coating of powder on the prepared surface is only part of the art of powder coating.  Heating the unit evenly and to the effective temperature is equally important if the coating is to cure properly.  That’s where the oven comes in.

Toaster ovens are for making toast and kitchen ovens bake turkeys.  Chances are you aren’t trying to powder coat a turkey or a piece bread.  So why use these appliances to cure your powder coating?  Industrial strength ovens and heat guns that can accommodate the size and volume of any project also ensures effective activation of your powder coat.

In addition, infrared curing lights and thermometers are key to achieving professional results that last.  Get the job done right.  Proper ovens and heating equipment are important parts of this process.

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Powder Coating Systems and Methods

Most powder systems can be organized into four types.  Manual spray-to-waste system, automatic spray-to-waste system, manual reclaim system, and automatic reclaim system.

These are determined by how the powder is being applied and what happens to the powder overspray.

The first and most straightforward method is the manual spray-to-waste system. Spray-to-waste means you will not be collecting the overspray powder for continued use.  These systems can be set up and configured in different ways.  When processing small batch parts a compact booth is ideal.  They are portable and economical.

Work pieces can be hung from a grounding rod in the center of the booth, then sprayed with a box-fed powder gun.

For larger applications a walk-in booth can be constructed.  These are typically used in connection with a wash booth and oven.

Automatic spray-to-waste systems utilize automatic spray guns without recovering the powder that is over-sprayed.  Usually used in conjunction with a conveyor system, the parts are mounted into a fixture that holds them in place.  They move into the booth under the spray guns for coating.  There are varying degrees of automation involved in these systems.

Manual reclaim systems use a fluidized base where the over-sprayed powder collects. Compressed air injected beneath a fluid plate or thin membrane clears the base.  A venturi-type pump moves the powder to a powder hopper for reuse.

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Automatic reclaim systems lend themselves to high-production environments. Automatic reclaim systems utilize in-line booths, a fan package and filtration system.  Methods for separating the over sprayed powder include cartridge filters or cyclone separators.

Tougher than conventional paint, choose the powder coating method with no regrets.  We will give you the help you need.

We are fully equipped with powder coating paint guns, hanging stations, spray booths and silicon plugs.  Heating ovens and infrared curing lamps complete the package.

Couple our gear and trained professionals with a dedication to achieving your vision, and that’s a winning combination.

 

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