What is powder coating alloys and how does it work?
Like many trends from the 20th century, powder coating has made a come-back from its initial introduction in the 40’s and 50’s. Due to the advancement of modern technology, the process is simpler and available to a vast number of companies.
What is powder coating alloys?
Powder coating is similar to traditional paint methods due to the fact that they’re both sprayed onto a metal surface. Where power-coating differs is the make-up and use. Instead of liquid, it lands on the surface dry and only when it’s heated and treated does the coating form a gel-like substance over the alloy.
The durability of powder coating is impressive. When the process is applied correctly, it can last three times longer than ordinary paint, and is also more environmentally friendly than it’s traditional counterpart.
How does it work?
Powder coating is made up of pigment and resin, electrically charged and sprayed onto a metal surface. This allows the particles from the pigment and resin to bond to the alloys. It is then oven cured at 190 degrees celsius, resulting in a high quality, durable finish.
Powder coating works best on a completely clean surface, which is why many companies use some form of acid bath in order to strip the alloy of any old paint or materials. Once this is done, the powder is applied and cured.
Powder over Paint
Not only does a powder coating increase the durability three-fold, it also provides a superior colour retention. Due to the material’s makeup, the application of powder coating onto alloys can be done in much thicker layers. Resulting in a coat that is much more resistant to chipping, scratching and fading.
Not only that, powder coating is also more environmentally friendly than paint.
Wet paint releases a substance called VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds). VOC’s are a major contributor to industrial pollution, which can negatively impact air quality, soil, and surrounding water supplies.
Respiratory, allergic and immune effects in small children are linked to the release of man-made VOC’s into the atmosphere. By implementing a service that has a positive environmental effect, we are lessening our carbon footprint and providing customers with an eco-friendly alternative.
Why do people prefer traditional paint?
Upon initial glance, powder coating services often charge a higher price than traditional paint, which may be why a lot of people are still sticking to their old ways. It’s also proven to be trickier to colour match, especially if your car is of a metallic colour, meaning you may not even have the option of powder coating alloys.
Traditional paint has always been easily accessible, with colours available at your nearest DIY shop. Whereas powder coating requires much more high tech equipment and is best left to the professionals, meaning a home job is near impossible unless you have access to an industrial oven.
Is Powder Coating Worth it?
There are pros and cons to everything in life, but we believe that for powder coating the positives outweigh the negatives. Whilst it might seem like a hefty investment with a cheaper option readily available, it’s important to remember how much money you’ll be saving in the long run. No more trips to the garage after a scrape or paint chip, with the average car scratch repair totaling in at £135 a pop.
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