We are a plastics injection molder who has recently taken on a project that requires painting. We will be painting small parts for identification purposes. The painted area on each part is very small, which means the volume of paint used will not justify the help of a major paint supplier with the application. We need help with the whole process. Who can we contact for information about paint automation and painting processes? Thanks for your help. R. P.
Don’t despair. Help is on the way. While it may be true that a major paint supplier cannot spend a lot of time on small accounts, it may also be true that one of them will help you. It won’t hurt to ask. Eventually, you must deal with one to get his recommendation on the paint to use on your product. You would be surprised to see how and what people paint. The paint supplier’s representatives have seen it all.
Otherwise, you can call painting equipment suppliers. They design and make the equipment that applies all kinds of coatings to all kinds of products, and you will benefit from their wealth of experience. Suppliers of painting equipment are listed on pages 350-358 of the Products Finishing 2005 DIRECTORY & TECHNOLOGY GUIDE or at PF Online (www.pfonline.com/suppliers.html).