Different Types of Powder Coating

As many of you may know, there are several different types of powder coating available, each with its own unique set of properties and applications. We are charting different types of powder coating that we provide and recommend using for your next project below, follow along for the full scoop!

Thermoset Powder Coating

One type of powder coating available is thermoset powder coating, which is made from a mix of resins, pigments, and fillers. 

This type of coating is known for being very strong and resistant to wear and tear. Because of this, it is perfect for use on car parts and other high-stress parts. It can also stand up to chemicals, UV light, and very high or low temperatures, so it can be used outside.

Thermoplastic Powder Coating

Another type of powder coating is thermoplastic powder coating, which is made from a blend of polymers that can be molded and reshaped when heated. This type of coating is known for its flexibility and toughness, making it ideal for use on products that may be subjected to impact or stress

It is also resistant to abrasion, making it suitable for use on products that may come into contact with rough or abrasive surfaces.

Specialized Powder Coating

There are also specialized types of powder coating available for specific applications. For example, electrostatic powder coating is a type of powder coating that is applied using an electric charge to attract the paint particles to the surface being coated. This type of coating is often used for products that require precise and consistent coverage, such as electronic components.

Powder Coating in Manual Batches

Powder coating in manual batches involves manually applying dry, powdery paint to a surface and curing it under heat. This process is typically used for smaller projects or for coating individual components rather than entire products.

Manual batch powder coating can be a time-consuming and labor-intensive process, especially for larger projects. It is also more prone to variations in quality and consistency compared to automated powder coating systems.

However, it can be a cost-effective option for smaller projects or for coating individual components, and it allows for a high level of control and precision in the application of the coating.

Automated Powder Coating Systems

Automated powder coating systems are machine-based systems that are used to apply and cure dry, powdery paint on a variety of surfaces. These systems are often used for large-scale production or for coating entire products, such as automobiles, appliances, or outdoor furniture.

Automated powder coating systems offer a number of advantages over manual batch powder coating. They are generally faster, more efficient, and more consistent, and they can handle larger quantities of parts at a time.

They also allow for greater control over the coating process, including the ability to adjust the amount of paint applied and the curing temperature. However, they may be more expensive to set up and operate, and they may require more specialized equipment and trained personnel.

How To Find The Right System For You

When trying to find the ideal powder coating system for your needs, there are several key questions that you should consider:

  • What are the size and volume of the parts you will be coating?
  • What is the nature of the parts you will be coating? Do they have intricate shapes or features, or are they relatively simple?
  • What are the performance requirements for the coating? Do you need a high level of durability, resistance to chemicals or UV light, or other specific properties?
  • What is your budget for the coating system?
  • What is the level of automation that you require? Do you need a fully automated system, or are you willing to consider a manual batch system?

By answering these questions, you can narrow down your options and find the ideal powder coating system for your needs.

The team at IMS is ready to help you find the answers to these questions and start you on your powder coating journey. Contact us today to get started with your industrial powder coating needs!

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