What is it?
Powder coating is a dry finishing process that has become extremely popular since its introduction in North America over 40 years ago. Representing over 15% of the total industrial finishing market, powder is used on a wide array of products. More and more companies specify powder coatings for a high-quality, durable finish, allowing for maximized production, improved efficiencies, and simplified environmental compliance. Used as functional (protective) and decorative finishes, powder coatings are available in an almost limitless range of colors and textures, and technological advancements have resulted in excellent performance properties.
Benefits Of Powder Coating
Many issues inherent in liquid finishing are eliminated or minimized with the powder coating process. Liquid finishes contain solvents, which have pollutants known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Powder coatings contain no solvents and releases negligible amounts of, if any, VOCs into the atmosphere. Thus, there is no longer a need for finishers to buy costly pollution control equipment, and companies can comply more easily and economically with the regulations of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The benefits of powder coating for consumers are simple: powder coating will make your purchase look better and last longer – not to mention its reduced environmental footprint!
Powder coating is already found on thousands of products that you come in contact with everyday. From bulldozers and chainsaws to your coffee machine and child’s crib, powder coating protects the roughest, toughest machinery as well as the household parts that you depend on daily.
The result of choosing a powder coated product is that it will have the most attractive, durable, high-quality finish available.
The powder coating process itself offers another advantage – it is environmentally friendly and virtually pollution-free! Unlike liquid paint, no solvents are used in powder coating, so only negligible amounts of VOCs are released into the air. In addition, unused or oversprayed powder can be recovered, so any waste is minimal and can be disposed of easily and safely. Choose powder coating and do your part to preserve the environment.
Powder coating is a clean process. In fact, one of the major elements in expanding the market for powder coating has been the implementation of stringent air pollution control legislation over the past 30 years. In addition, the increased efficiencies of applying a powder coating generally produce lower operating costs. For example, powder coating overspray that does not adhere to the part can be retrieved and reused. The unused powder is reclaimed by a recovery unit and returned to a feed hopper for reuse. Any powder waste that results is minimal, and can be disposed of easily, economically, and safely.
Durability of Powder Coating
Powder coating is a high-quality finish found on thousands of products you come in contact with each day. Powder coating protects the roughest, toughest machinery as well as the household items you depend on daily. It provides a more durable finish than liquid paints can offer, while still providing an attractive finish. Powder coated products are more resistant to diminished coating quality as a result of impact, moisture, chemicals, utraviolet light, and other extreme weather conditions. In turn, this reduces the risk of scratches, chipping, abrasions, corrosion, fading, and other wear issues.
It’s tough. It looks great. And it lasts a long, long time. In addition to being durable, powder coating is an attractive choice due to environmental advantages.