Three Powder Coating Techniques You Should Know
Powder coating is a relatively new form of painting. A powder coat is applied and then the part is heated to allow the powder to form a solid film. It’s most commonly seen in application with metals, especially for custom bikes and cars. It’s a simple process as long as you know a few techniques.
Preparing the Surface
The type of metal you are working with will determine the type of cleaning and preparation required for the powder coating. You will want to make sure you know what kind of metal or alloy you are coating so you can follow the powder coating manufacturers guidelines for how to prepare the item.
Coating Guns or Sprayers
The only way to apply a powder coating with accuracy is to use a powder coating gun or a compressed air sprayer. This will charge the powder with an electrostatic that allows the powder to stick to the metal.
It’s important that the oven you are using is preheated before you place the object in. Most often you will need the temperature to be between 350 to 375 degrees for 15 minutes. If you don’t have the temperature on the oven just right you can risk undercooking it so to speak and not have the film as even as it could be.
Powder coating is a simple way to get custom looks when painting metal. Follow the directions and take care in the process and you will have professional looking results each time.