the environment

The Environment

Powder Coating - Truly a clean green coating process

Powder coating is environmentally friendly and saves our planet from harmful volatile organic compounds (VOC'S) and safeguards your children's future. While traditional liquid finishes and plating processes contain solvents which have climate killing VOC solvents and a myriad of other pollutants, powder coating contains no such harmful chemicals or pollutants. There are also metallic powder coat finishes that can accommodate those looking for a plated looking finish; it is truly a clean green solution, which will facilitate your company's efforts to save the environment. Go Green - Powder Coat.


Why powder coat?

Durable: Powder coating provides one of the most economical, longest-lasting, and most color-durable quality finishes available. Powder coating is more resistant to chipping, scratching, fading, and wearing than many other finishes.

Corrosion Resistance: Powder coating acts as a barrier to corrosive chemicals and moisture which are the essential components of the corrosion process.

No Flash Time: After the product has been baked and cooled, the powder coating is 100% cured. As with liquid coatings, there are no solvents in the coating that need to rise and evaporate.

What can be powder coated?

Any conductive metal object that can hold an electrostatic charge and withstand the heat of the curing process can be powder coated. Powder can be applied to intricate surfaces and still maintain a uniform finish across the entire piece.

Design and Manufacturing Tips

Where will the water go?

Drain holes are required to ensure finish is not tarnished. Where water can get trapped - it will! The Dry off process will remove surface water but puddled water will only be noticed when the part is in the Cure process, damaging the finish.

How will the part get hung?

Hanging holes, or tacked washers are required to ensure parts don't get lost in equipment, or bare lines are seen on the parts.

Is there any liquid finish on part?

We do recoat parts that have been previously powder coated. Liquid finish however will bubble and flake in the cure oven underneath the fresh powder, damaging the finish. Sandblasting may be required prior to powder coating.

Will my part go through the equipment?

Limitations to width, height and length need to be considered during design. Sometimes a "knock-down" construction can accommodate this issue. Please contact us prior to fabrication if there is a doubt and we will work with you to alleviate any possible issues.

What is the condition of the metal considering the amount of gloss required?

High gloss powders will show defects more than lower gloss powders. Rust and weld splatter may show as lumps and ripples. The time spend grinding will improve the appearance of the finished product considerably. Remember Powder coating is only 2-4 mils (0.002-0.004") thick.

Where is the part going?

Ultraviolet exposure to powder is a necessary consideration during selection. An ID (Indoor) powder will fade and tarnish if exposed to U.V. rays over time. OD (Outdoor) powders can cost more, but will be much more durable. If the part will be exposed to moisture, a powder primer then a OD top coat will extend the life of the finish life by 500%.

To reduce cost and increase efficiency, try to ensure the order is complete. Be aware - there is a set-up charge for all orders under $300.

842 Farewell Street

Oshawa, ON, L1H 6N6

Phone: 905-743-0056 or 647-209-7877

Fax: 905-743-9979