It's like paint, only better!
Some like it chrome, but others prefer their bare metal a little more...colorful. Powder Coating is a process that coats metal with a baked-on finish that looks like paint, but protects like a suit of armor. Powder is available in thousands of colors to match or compliment your custom paint, right down to metallics, pearls and candy colors. It's also available in many degrees of gloss, flat, textured, and wrinkle.
What is Powder Coating?
So, you've heard of it, but, you're not quite sure exactly what powder coating is. According to the Powder Coating Institute's web page, "Powder coating is an advanced method of applying a decorative and protective finish to a wide range of materials and products that are used by both industries and consumers. The powder used for the process is a mixture of finely ground particles of pigment and resin, which is sprayed onto a surface to be coated. The charged powder particles adhere to the electrically grounded surfaces until heated and fused into a smooth coating in a curing oven. The result is a uniform, durable, high-quality, and attractive finish." There, so now you know! Or do you?
Why is Powder Coating Better?
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. Thanks to the UV resistance of many of the powders, 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. Although this is not always practical for many of the low-volume users we service, this can virtually eliminate 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. Environmental 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.
Where is Powder Coating Used?
Powder coating can be used on any metal parts that do not exceed 1000 degrees Fahrenheit. In other words, you can powder coat just about any metal parts on a motorcycle except for exhaust pipes...there's Ceramic Coating for those!