Powder Coating Multiple Layers

Ask an Expert From: Products Finishing, , from Powder Coating Consultants, Div. of Ninan, Inc.

Posted on: 5/1/2004

Question: Can I powder coat more than a single layer on the same sheet of mild steel?

Question:

Can I powder coat more than a single layer on the same sheet of mild steel? W.F.

Answer:

Yes you can apply multiple coats, as long as each coat is applied to three mils thickness or less. Thicker coats can be problematic, since the product ground becomes compromised. This can lead to more orange peel, KV starring and other surface defects. Each coat must be continuous (no dust coats) to ensure a smooth finish. You must also consider the over bake resistance for the particular powder coating you are applying and try to compensate each cure cycle to ensure that the base coat is not over cured (< 100% over bake resistance).

Some popular two-coat processes (using organic coatings) are listed below:

 

  • powder primer and powder topcoats
  • e-coat primer and powder topcoats
  • powder primer and liquid topcoats
  • liquid primer and powder topcoats (usually for thermoplastic powders).



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