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Published: 12/1/2016

Powder Coating Clinic: Powder in Layers
Q. We are in the process of designing a new powder system for aluminum extrusions and building panels. Our current system uses a six-stage dip pretreatment process and a three-layer liquid paint process (prime, color coat, clear coat) that meets AAM...

Published: 12/1/2016

Powder Coating Clinic: Making Powder Lines More Profitable
Q. We run a job shop powder coating operation with a conveyor system that runs at around 4 to 6 fpm, depending on what product is hung. We are putting through a lot of work, but our profits are not great. Can you suggest how to improve the efficienc...

Published: 11/1/2016

Powder Coating Clinic: Avoiding Rust on Parts
Q. We apply lighter colors of powder to our ticket machines for parking lots.

Published: 11/1/2016

Powder Coating Clinic: Discoloration of Metal-Flake in Powder
Q. We have a metal-flake silver powder color that we use regularly. If the surface is abraded with a Taber wheel—or even a pencil eraser—it darkens significantly in the abraded area. We even have this problem when our parts scrape against cardboard ...

Published: 11/1/2016

Powder Coating Clinic: Measuring Film Thickness before Cure
Q. How can I tell if the powder film build is thick enough before I cure the powder coating? We coat a lot of square footage and we need to control our cost. We often put on too much powder to avoid light coating. I need to know what my uncured film...

Published: 11/1/2016

Powder Coating Clinic: Sanding for Repair
Q. We sand aluminum die-cast parts that have minor defects in the powder coating before recoating them. The small areas of dirt, metal blemishes, fibers or similar particles are sanded using 120-grit sandpaper on an orbital sander. After recoating t...

Published: 11/1/2016

Parts Cleaning Clinic: Brass Cleaning
Q. How do I clean brass to be powder coated?

Published: 10/1/2016

Powder Clinic: Fillers for Powder Coating
How do you choose the right filler for your powder coating process?

Published: 10/1/2016

Powder Clinic: Powder Versus Galvanizing
Powder Coating or Galvanizing: Which offers the best long-term protection from corrosion?

Published: 10/1/2016

Powder Clinic: Batch Cure Oven Noise Issue
What is that Noise from My Oven? Expert Rodger Talbert explains that it is difficult to be sure at all without seeing the oven and hearing the noise. However, he thinks it may be related to the pressure settings on the gas train.