A powder coat finish is a durable, corrosion-resistant finish which can be applied to steel, aluminum, brass, copper or iron—virtually any type of metal. At Ingham’s, we are committed to making the process as easy as possible for our customers, all while giving them quality, expected results. We take pride in the entire process.
Powder Coating 101: What you Need to Know
What’s the difference between powder coating and paint? Is it permanent?
- Powder coating is a more durable and longer lasting option than paint. It is resistant to scratches, chips and scrapes. The process of curing is also a key step in the powder coat process: as it cures, thicker layers can be applied as it increases in durability.
- When a powder coat finish is applied correctly, maintained and installed correctly, it should last forever. The preparation, application, curing and installations play a major role in this process. If done correctly, (even though the powder coating is not chemically bonded to the item), it will be almost impervious to chips, cracks, and other injuries.
What is the standard process for power coating? How do you prep and how long does it last?
- The process of powder coating begins with cleaning and stripping the item to bare metal. This is one of the most important things you want do when preparing to powder coat anything. We start with a clean, sanitized surface that is free from dirt, oils, and other residues. Then we sand the item and strip it to its barest metal state. Cleaning or prepping the surface also includes baking the part before powder coating. This helps with porous items and to remove oils that have infiltrated the metal.
- The second step in the process is simply to apply the powder coat. The powder itself is similar to baby powder or flour and is applied via an electrically charged spray gun and, preferably, in a powder coating booth. Safety is important during this step: masks and respirators should be worn and precautions for preventing powder fires should be taken.
- Lastly, the item must be cured. Another word for this is baked. Parts are typically placed into a 200-degree Celsius oven (400 degrees Fahrenheit) for 32 min. This solidifies the coating and makes it very durable after cooling.
If done correctly, a good powder coating can last 15-20 years with good treatment, the correct type of powder, and excellent pretreatment conditions.
What can be powder coated? What type of items does Ingham’s service?
- Many different metals and items can be powder coated. These metals include aluminum, bronze, copper, brass, steel and even titanium. Any metal that can withstand heat and hold an electromagnetic charge can be powder coated.
- Pretty much every auto part can be powder coated. This includes Chassis and frames, roll bars, wheels and more. At Ingham’s, we powder coat a ton of different items in the following categories: Automotive, Motorcycles, Racing and Wheels. Click on each category to download a pricing PDF in each category.
What else do I need to know?
Ingham’s Powder Coating can provide a superior powder coat finish that is resistant to rust, cracks, chips, peeling and fading. Powder coating is available in several hundred colors and textures, and can even be done in glitters, candies and veins.
To avoid additional charges, we request that items are disassembled and ready to be refinished, including the removal of all bearings, bushings, rubber, plastic, wiring, etc.
Looking for powder coating for your business? Visit our Commercial Powder Coating section.