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1070 Pine St., Schofield, WI 715-359-3141 qualitysurfaceprocessing@gmail.co

Powder Coating

Fast Facts About Powder Coating

Fast Facts About QSP Powder Painting

Fast Facts About QSP Powder Painting

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  • Advanced method of applying a decorative and protective finish to a wide range of materials and products.
  • Finely ground particles of pigment and resin are electro-statically charged and sprayed onto, pre-washed and surface etched, objects to be coated.
  • The object to be coated is electrically grounded so the charged powder paint particles adhere to it until melted and fused into a solid coating in a curing oven.
  • Powder painting is: tough, attractive, durable, scratch-resistant, high quality appearance, colorful, versatile, and long lasting.
  • The process is environmentally friendly and virtually pollution free. Unlike liquid paint, no solvents are used, so no amounts of VOCs are released into the air.

Fast Facts About QSP Powder Painting

Fast Facts About QSP Powder Painting

Fast Facts About QSP Powder Painting

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  • Our focus is low volume painting on either large or small parts. We can powder paint objects that fit within a 8' x 8' x 30' space.
  • Quick turnaround - facilitating lean manufacturing operations.
  • Specializing in numerous colors and color changes.
  • Customized projects with multiple colors and masking.



              Call us to discuss your painting requirements 



About Powder Painting

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  • Powder paint only comes in pre-made colors.  They cannot be mixed. The most common paints are the polyesters which use the RAL color system (see below) but are available in some other stocked colors.  Any special colors must be custom made which add cost and delivery time.
  • Typically the powder paints come as high gloss.  You can get some medium gloss and low gloss colors.  There are additional ways to change the gloss for your application as well.
  • There are various textured and metallic looking paints, all at higher costs.
  • For the best durability and longest life in long term weathering or abusive service applications we recommend an epoxy primer undercoat with your color of choice for a polyester topcoat.
  • We need to know about areas that need to be masked and plugged so they do not get painted.
  • The most important thing to consider in your powder coating project is part preparation. 
  • Typical single coat wet paint thickness is less than 0.0005 inches.  See chart below for typical single coat powder paint thicknesses.



Typical Properties of Thermosetting Powder Coating Paints

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Product Recommendations Based on Resin Systems

  

· Epoxy - Epoxies offer coatings with excellent mechanical and chemical resistance properties when used on interior applications or for exterior applications where changes in color, gloss and appearance are acceptable. Generally epoxies are not recommended for exterior application because of rapid loss of gloss and color when exposed outdoors.


· Hybrid Epoxy/Polyester - Hybrids offer most of the advantages of the epoxies in mechanical and chemical resistance properties and offer brighter colors than many epoxy formulations. They are sometimes more economical than epoxies but do have less solvent resistance. Hybrids are also not recommended for exterior applications where changes in color, gloss and appearance are not acceptable.


· Urethane Polyester - UrethanePolyester powders are thin film exterior durable coatings that offer good mechanical and chemical resistance properties in the range of 1 to 2.5 mils. These powders can be used both on interior and exterior applications. They are not recommended for films greater than 4 to 5 mils.


· Polyester TGIC or HAA - Polyester powders are exterior durable coatings that allow more flexibility at thicker films than polyester urethane. Thickness of 3 to 6 mils offers good mechanical properties. These coatings will also cure at lower temperatures than the polyester urethanes. They do have less flow than the polyester urethane which offers better edge coverage, but has a very slight eggshell texture.  The super durable versions offer better UV resistance.


· High Temperature - Two versions, one with continuous serviceable temperatures of        400° to 450°F and intermittent serviceable temperatures up to 700°F.  The second offers 

   continuous serviceable temperatures up to 800°F and intermittent serviceable temperatures up to 1100°F.  Both offer excellent corrosion and exterior durable characteristics along with their heat resistant properties. 


· Acrylic - Acrylic based powders offer excellent hardness, chemical solvent, stain resistance with exceptional weathering and heat resistance.







Part Preparation

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Customer Preparation

  • Existing surface corrosion cannot be removed from incoming parts without some mechanical process like sandblasting, sanding, or wire brushing.  This needs to be done by the customer.  Corrosion will eat thru any coating, powder or other type. Unfortunately because of the various sizes we coat we do not do sandblasting.
  • Please do not clean with any rust prohibitor or solvent as they can be very difficult to wash off.
  • All greases, plastic parts, or any thing that cannot withstand 450 degree F must be removed as powder painting is heat dried and cured.

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Our Preparation

All parts are cleaned and oven dried prior to be painted.  We have a 3 to 6 step process for cleaning and use an iron phosphate pre-treatment for steel items.   We use an etchant soap for aluminum or stainless steel items.  Some folks will only sandblast parts prior to painting but powder painting experts believe cleaning with an etchant soap, like we use, is still necessary for long life.

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Coating over coatings

  • Powder coating is best utilized painted to bare metal but it can, just like other coating types, be applied over other coatings.  The results will only be as good as the undercoat's adhesion.  
  • If the undercoats surface is very hard and/or smooth the paint will have difficulty adhering to the surface.  We recommend mechanically roughing up the surface thru sanding or blasting.  
  • Also for better surface cosmetics we recommend taper sanding discrepancies in surface height on the existing surface, i.e. bare metal to old coating.  A metal filler like JB Weld can be used to fill in major surface height changes.