Powder coating

powder coating

What is powder coating?

Powder coating is an innovative method by which surfaces can be coated with dry powder instead of being painted with conventional liquid paints. Once the coating is applied, it is then heated, a process known as curing.

The coating is growing rapidly in the market due to its advantages over conventional paint. There are many methods in which the coating can be applied.

  • Powder coating can be used on wheels
  • The method is very effective when coating irregular surfaces
  • Powder coating is heavily used by industries to coat equipment
  • The automobile industry uses powder coating immensely to paint cars
  • Various technological products are also being powder coated these days.

Equipment for powder coating

The equipment used to powder coat surfaces can vary according to the method of applying the coat. It also depends on the surface being coated. The most common type of equipment used is the spray gun. The spray guns and simple tools that allow the user to spray the powder onto the surface. However, before this can be done, the surface needs to be prepared. This can involve treating the surface with certain chemicals.

There is various other powder coating equipment besides the spray guns. These include highly sophisticated automated systems used by industries and factories. Some of the methods include electro-coating.

Powder coating at home

This may come as a surprise for most, but powder coating can actually be done at home without the need of any special training or specialized equipment. The only equipment that you may need is the spray gun. Firstly, you need to make sure that you prepare the surface before the coating can be applied. Also, ensure that the surface that needs to be coated is separated from all other parts. Clean the surface with a cloth.

You can then apply the spray onto the surface. Following this, you will need to heat it so that coat bonds with the surface firmly.

Powder coating ovenpowder coating oven

As mentioned above, in order for the powder coat to remain on the surface, one needs to heat it. For this, you can use an oven. You can either make one or buy. In any case, you will need to make sure that the oven is capable of sustaining a temperature of up to 450 degrees Celsius.

If you want to build one, you can use steel studs for the frames. You will need to use rivets to hold the studs together in place. However, if you are planning to buy one, you can buy a household oven as long as it can sustain the required temperature. You can buy them on eBay.

Manufacturers and prices in India

There a number of powder coating providers in India. You can buy powder coating guns if you are looking for a cheaper option. However, this can also cost up to INR 7000. Some of the providers include Uma Shankar Engineer, Masterfield Systems, Renu etc. You can find more on indiamart.com

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