Powder coating is a finish added to steel fabrications and metallic products in order to increase longevity of the item. It has become increasingly popular in the last decade and is now the most common type of finishing process.
The Process of Powder Coating
Powder coating is a pretty simple process. In fact, the name itself says it all. It is a process that adds a layer of finely ground powder. This layer is then heated which changes the chemical configuration and forms an even coat. This coat is easily spread across the surface. The product to be powder coated has to go through one process before this happens. The surface of the metal has to be thoroughly cleaned. This will remove any contaminants. It can then be sprayed or dipped into a fluid in which the powder is suspended. Heating takes place in an oven.
The Various Uses of Powder Coating
The most obvious use of powder coating is in construction. Many of the products you see and use around your home have been powder coated. Your refrigerator, coffee machine, washing machine and cooker, all have panels which have been finished in this way. The reason for this is that it is very scratch resistant and can withstand many of the dents it will receive. Other uses include:
Architectural Steel Parts – These are powder coated in order to make them resistant to heat and cold damage as well as corrosion. It is a finish that has been used for metal products since the 50s.
Outdoor Machinery – Almost all metal products designed to be used outside will be finished using powder coating. Farm machinery and tractors are just a couple of examples. The same applies for industrial machinery, even if it is not meant to be used outside.
Metal Roofs – Powder coating will keep a metal roof looking good for many years to come.
Outdoor Furniture – Metallic garden furniture, shelters and golf carts are all finished using this moisture resistant finish.
Road Signs – You’ll find road sign stand up to all the abuse the weather can throw at them. This is thanks to the powder coating finish they receive.
Office Equipment – Metal filing cabinets, chairs, desk parts and fire extinguishers.
High Usage Car and Motorbike Parts – Powder coated parts include door handles, bumpers, shock absorbers, frames, radiators, coil springs and braking parts.
Powder coating is a very popular way to finish an ever increasing number of products. In order to ensure it lasts a long time, choose a credible company such as Edmo Limited. With four decades of experience your powder coated products will be in good hands.