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Expert Powder Coating Services

Are you looking for expert powder coating services? At Stripmasters Services, Inc. we are experts at professional powder coating services. Contact us with any questions.

Powder coating looks like paint but acts like armor. It's tough, cost-effective and easy on the environment. Finely ground particles of pigment and resin are electrostatically charged and sprayed onto a grounded part. The result is a uniform, durable, high-quality finish. Powder coating isn't just for metal anymore. Powder coating is resistant to corrosion, heat, impact, abrasion, fading from sunlight and extreme weather.

Why powder coating?

Powder coating is a dry finishing process that has become extremely popular since its introduction in North America over 40 years ago. Representing over 15% of the total industrial finishing market, powder is used on a wide array of products. More and more companies specify powder coatings for a high-quality, durable finish, allowing for maximized production, improved efficiencies, and simplified environmental compliance. Used as functional (protective) and decorative finishes, powder coatings are available in an almost limitless range of colors and textures, and technological advancements have resulted in excellent performance properties.

What is powder coating?

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217-429-0904

We specialize in wet paint, powder coat, blasting, and burn-off work.

How powder coating works

Powder coatings are based on polymer resin systems, combined with curatives, pigments, leveling agents, flow modifiers, and other additives. These ingredients are melt mixed, cooled, and ground into a uniform powder similar to baking flour. A process called electrostatic spray deposition (ESD) is typically used to achieve the application of the powder coating to a metal substrate. This application method uses a spray gun, which applies an electrostatic charge to the powder particles, which are then attracted to the grounded part. After application of the powder coating, the parts enter a curing oven where, with the addition of heat, the coating chemically reacts to produce long molecular chains, resulting in high cross-link density. These molecular chains are very resistant to breakdown. This type of application is the most common method of applying powders. Powder coatings can also be applied to non-metallic substrates such as plastics and medium density fiberboard (MDF).

Sometimes a powder coating is applied during a fluidized bed application. Preheated parts are dipped in a hopper of fluidizing powder and the coating melts, and flows out on the part. Post cure may be needed depending on the mass and temperature of the part and the type of powder used. No matter which application process is utilized, powder coatings are easy to use, environmentally friendly, cost effective, and tough!

 

Durability of powder coating

Powder coating is a high-quality finish found on thousands of products you come in contact with each day. Powder coating protects the roughest, toughest machinery as well as the household items you depend on daily. It provides a more durable finish than liquid paints can offer, while still providing an attractive finish. Powder coated products are more resistant to diminished coating quality as a result of impact, moisture, chemicals, ultraviolet light, and other extreme weather conditions. In turn, this reduces the risk of scratches, chipping, abrasions, corrosion, fading, and other wear issues. It's tough. It looks great. And it lasts a long, long time. In addition to being durable, powder coating is an attractive choice due to environmental advantages.

Powder coating can be applied on:

  • Custom chopper frames and wheels

  • Sport bike frames and parts

  • Custom harley parts

  • Custom and classic car parts

  • Motorcycle frames, wheels, and parts

  • Car frames, wheels, and parts

  • ATV frames and parts

  • Bumpers and grill guards

  • Bicycle frames and parts

  • Industrial fabrications

  • Trade show exhibits

  • Metal fencing and railings

  • Retail displays and fixtures

  • Marine equipment

 

 

  • Race car frames, roll cages, seats, fenders, and hoods

  • Farm equipment

  • Tractors

  • Snowmobiles

  • Yard ornaments

  • Wagons

  • Steel and aluminum framing

  • Gym equipment

  • Weights

  • File cabinets

  • Bed frames

  • Flag poles

  • And so much more

Powder coating specifications

  • 10'x20' custom batch system

  • 1200' automated conveyor line with 4x6x16 profile

  • Two powder booths to meet two pass requirements

  • Six stage pre-treatment utilizing PPG products

  • 1200' conveyor line

  • 5 stage wash

  • 4'x6'x16' profile

Mega powder coat line

  • 800' conveyor line

  • Four stage wash

  • 7'x8'x40' profile

  • Designed for powder coating

  • Large parts

 

 

Process for powder coat

1. Inbound freight:

- Inspection of goods

- Pictures taken and documentation of any visible signs of damage during transport

 

2. Off load from truck and product placed in pre-staging area

- 2nd inspection of product, review attached paperwork

- Everything documented and sent into office

 

3. Moved from pre-staging to production

- Load product onto powder coat line

- Pre for pre-treat

- Product moves into six stage wash process

 

4. Six-stage wash cycle:

- Stage 1– Alkaline cleaner (PPG # ULTRAX95WP) water temperature of 135 degrees

- Stage 2– Rinse cycle

- Stage 3– Iron phosphate (PPG# CHEMFOS51HD) (etches the metal) temperature of 130 degrees

- Stage 4– Rinse cycle

- Stage 5 –Sealer (PPG# CHEMSEAL100) temperature of 100 degrees (inspected for total

  cleanliness)

- Stage 6 –Halo rinse

 

5. Product dry-off

- Product moves out of halo rinse cycle into dry-off oven at 345 degrees

 

6. Product moves into primer station

- Product moves into primer station where coating is applied

 

7. Product moves into gel oven

- Product moves out of primer station after receiving coating and into the gel oven to bake coating

 

8. Product moves into top coat station

- Product comes out of gel oven and moves into top coat station where inspection takes place for

  proper coverage

- Any touch ups are made if needed

 

9. Product moves into main oven for final bake

- Product moves out of top coat station into the main oven for final curing of the coating,

  temperature and time per powder manufacturer's specs

 

10. Product removed from line and sent to packaging

- Product is removed from powder coat line, parts are inspected once again and sent to packaging

  to be packaged for outbound transport

 

11. Packaging

- Product is packaged and prepared for outbound shipping

- Layers of cardboard and foam are applied appropriately and cloth banding is utilized, as to not

  scratch the finished product

- Any potential overhang is both wrapped in foam, as well as shrink wrapped to avoid any

  potential damage in transit

 

12. Product moved to post-staging area and prepared for outbound shipping

- Product is moved into post stating area where final paperwork is attached

- Product is loaded back onto the outbound carrier

- Photo of final outbound load is taken, time, date and trailer # is documented and all information

  is returned to office for the final billing of each shipment

 

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