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. Powder coating is the fastest-growing finishing technology in North America, representing over 10% of all industrial finishing applications.
Powder Coatings resist cracking and peeling and are extremely abrasion, corrosion and chemical resistant. The performance characteristics of powder coating match or exceed the characteristics achieved from conventional solvent-based coatings.
Old Dutchman’s Wrought Iron, Inc. is a batch operation specializing in small to medium, custom powder coating runs. Every item, large or small, is inspected by hand, sand blasted in our own shop, prepped and coated by professionals and cured in our big oven. With one of the largest ovens in WNY, we can handle large, oversized items and multi-part runs.
Powder Coatings are available in a large variety of stock colors, metallics, textures and special effects. Old Dutchman’s Wrought Iron, Inc. can assist you in choosing the correct coating and color for your application. See the following catalogs for color sample swatches:
Any metal object that can hold an electrostatic charge and withstand the heat of the curing process can be powder coated. Powder can be applied to intricate surfaces and still maintain a uniform finish across the entire piece. Powder coating is ideal for items such as:
- Industrial Fabrications
- Architectural Signage
- Trade Show Exhibits
- Metal Fencing and Railings
- Retail Displays & Fixtures
- Patio Furniture
- Motorcycle Frames Wheels & Parts
- Automotive Frames Wheels & Parts
- Off Road Vehicle Frames & Parts
- Bicycle Frames & Parts
- Antique Beds, Gliders & Chairs
- Large Bird Cages
The Five E’s of Powder Coating
Powder coating may have gotten its start as a superior finish for metal products, but technology now makes powder coating the choice for wood and plastic as well. In fact, powder coated products are everywhere – in your home, office, shopping mall, automobile and SUV, stadium and playground and in countless architectural applications. Regardless of the product or use, you can always count on powder coating to deliver a superior finish with the Five E’s always in mind:
With powder coating as the finishing process there are no runs, drips, or sags. Since no drying or flash-off time is required, a powder coating production line will move more efficiently than a standard paint line. More parts are able to be coated automatically, too, with significantly lower reject rates. And, with the use of appropriate application equipment, materials, and recovery methods, a 95% – 98% powder utilization efficiency rate is readily available.
In addition to its efficiency, powder coating offers a simplified line process that allows for minimum operator training and supervision. Parts can be racked closer together on the conveyor and pass more quickly through the production line, allowing for lower per unit costs – which means greater economy. Powder coating also offers easier compliance with federal and state regulations, increasing cost-effective savings.
Utilizing the strength of powder coating’s efficiency and economy, the exhaust required in powder coating ovens is lower and therefore helps reduce energy consumption. While ovens that cure solvent-based coatings must heat and exhaust huge volumes of air to protect against potentially explosive fumes, the exhaust volume of a powder coating oven is lower and more manageable. So much so that the air is able to be recycled into the plant.
Powder Coating’s efficiency, economy, and energy savings works for the environment as well, as this process eliminates VOCs – meaning the air is environmentally safer. Installation, expansion and running of a powder coating operation is significantly simplified, creating the potential to place a powder coating finishing operation in areas where other production systems would not be permitted. The employees also love powder coating’s reduced housekeeping problems and minimum contamination of clothing, since dry powder does not emit the kinds of fumes liquid paint does.
Above all else, powder coating’s efficiency, economy, energy savings and environmental friendliness produce an excellence and superiority of finish that customers will come to know and count on. With its two application types (Thermoplastic and Thermosetting), powder coating offers a wide range of both extreme and decorative performance properties. Color selection is virtually unlimited, and is available in both high and low gloss. Textures can be varied as needed. Significant breakthroughs in powder coating technologies has even led to the development of systems that are designed to meet the diverse practical and aesthetic needs of today’s demands for a superior finish on metal, wood and plastic.