With hobbyists, mechanics, and the high-tech industry leading the charge, powder coatings and enhanced powder coatings are realizing a zenith. In fact, the global powder coatings market will likely reach $12.48 billion in profits by 2020. Let’s explore how using an enhanced powder coating is key in several industries.
What Is Enhanced Powder Coating?
Regular powder coating is the use of powder-set paint that becomes hardened in an oven or when subjected to heat. Enhanced powder coatings come in several forms and grades. A mechanic or industrial parts maker might use a thermoset or thermoplastic powder coating with a finish that is liquid when it’s heated to eliminate chemical bonding and to make the coating reversible. This type of enhanced powder coating can help to recycle metal parts that may need to be coated in different ways for various projects or reused for different purposes.
Enhanced Powder Types
Powder coatings can be used for many purposes, so there are multiple types to help ensure the best final product. These can include the use of:
- Epoxy: This type of powder coating is a thermoset that offers flexibility, high adhesion, and chemical resistance when done properly, and it also offers chemical resistance, flexibility, and high adhesion.
- Polyester and super durable polyester: This type of coating offers resistance to weathering and chemicals.
- Urethanes: These are similar to polyester coatings in that they offer both chemical and weather resistance. They have a different curing agent than polyesters and super durable polyesters.
- Fluropolymers: This type of powder coating is made of fluorine and polymer. It joins molecules like plastic, wool, silk, and rubber and can be used for many purposes, including insulating wiring or to protect metals used in car parts and other industrial parts that are exposed to friction.
Endless Uses for Powder Coatings
There are endless uses for enhanced powder and powder coatings across many industries and verticals. They have applications in industries like mechanical engineering, the automotive industry, furniture and household goods, the architectural and commercial and retail building industries, and many more. With nano-technology, powder coatings are becoming even more nuanced and refined in their potential applications. Nano-tech married with powder coating can clear coat or invisibly coat boats, cars, buildings, military airplanes, commercial airplanes, and other items while adding less than 1% to their total weight.
Using an enhanced powder coating is truly the future of metal “painting” and protection. To learn more and to obtain powder coatings for your industrial, automotive, or another type of business, contact Professional Finishing.