Powder coating is applied electrostatically and then cured under heat to all it to flow and form a skin on the surface. It’s different from conventional liquid paint because it doesn’t require a solvent. Powder coating’s finish is usually tougher than liquid paint because of this and can be used for so much more.
Powder coating includes:
- Part preparation or the pre-treatment
- The powder application
First, the part to be powder coated undergoes a standard degreasing. Then, the old finish is removed using abrasive blasting like sandblasting, plastic, or glass bead blasting, depending on the type of metal, and the finish to be removed. Thin, soft, and delicate metals get plastic-blasted while sandblasting or glass bead blasting are used on harder metals, rust, and tougher finishes. All rust and old finish must be removed, even the clear coat that factories often apply to polished pieces.
Applying the powder coating to metal objects is done by spraying the powder using an electrostatic gun.
The powder receives a positive electric charge and is then sprayed towards the object, which is grounded. Through the application of heat and energy, the metal part attracts the powder like a magnet.
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Hydrographics (also known as hydro dipping, hydro imaging, fluid imaging, hydrographic printing) is a 3D decorating process. Graphics such as carbon fibre, wood grain, camouflage, geometrical patterns are applied to decorate the items.
You might ask what can hydrographic be applied too? The answer is nearly any 3D object that is made from plastic, wood, glass, and metal. A general rule of thumb is if it can be painted it can be dipped. Some of the most popular items to dip are guns, bows, Skulls, automotive trim & bezels, wheels, computer cases, ATV’s, golf carts, and many more!
The Hydrographics process is used worldwide to decorate a variety of items, from aeroplane interiors to very small items like cell phone cases. Films can be applied to all kind of materials including plastic, wood, fibreglass, metal, and ceramics. For the most part, if the item can be dipped in water, the water transfer printing process can be applied.
This process utilises a water-soluble film that contains the printed designs. Once an activator has been applied, the film dissolves and leaves the ink on the surface of the water. Now, the item can be immersed into the water and the ink wraps around it. It is then washed and protected with a clear topcoat.
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To start the process of ceramic coating, we carefully ensure that all exhaust parts of your product are sandblasted down to their original metal. From there we put the product into our oven for a gassing out period lasting about 20 minutes to release any oils or grease residue that remains prior to the spraying application of cerakote onto the exhaust.
Lastly, the parts are baked at *500 degrees for a one hour period. Our ceramic coating finish is good for temperatures up to 1800 degrees.