How To Powder Coat

So, you need to know how to powder coat? Well, the powder coating basics include the following steps:

First you want to clean the metal object you are going to powder coat. This may involve sand blasting and/or chemical cleaning so that your object is free of dust, oils, rust, etc.. The metal must be absolutely clean so that the final finish isn't compromised.

You then mask the areas that aren't to be powder coated. This may involve various caps to cover surfaces that hoses will clamp over or plugs to fill holes that need to be kept clear. You'd want to use special tape that can withstand the high oven temperatures to cover surfaces that will be mated to another surface and that can't be powder coated.

Then select the powder coating with care. There are over 65 thousand different formulations that can be used depending on the object, its use, the metal it is made of, and more. Choosing the right coating is very important.

It is also very important to have the right powder coating equipment. We use an electrostatic gun to powder coat in our paint booth, equipped with You should have an electrostatic gun and a powder booth to powder coat the piece for the next step.

Finally, fully cure the piece in an oven at 375 to 400 degrees for 15 to 25 minutes. Make sure you use a dedicated oven. One thing we make sure to tell a powder coating do it yourself-er is don't use your mother or wife's brand new Viking oven. Once your oven is used for powder coating, you won't be able to use it ever again to cook food in!

And don't try toaster oven powder coating. It just won't give you the results you want. Paying a professional to take care of your powder coating needs is more affordable than you think.

If you are in Southern California, contact Five Star Coatings for the best prices and service. We really are concerned with your job turning out perfect the first time. And in the off-chance it doesn't, we will re-coat it for you for free. You can count on us. Give us a call at (909) 307-1178.


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