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Published: 12/1/2016

Powder Coating Clinic: Touch-up Options for Powder Coated Parts
Q. I’ve been told that a powder coated part cannot be “touched-up.” I have some patio furniture that I had powder coated and the powder coating shop that did the work for me stripped the threads in holes used to rack the part. I can fix the threads ...

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: Masking for Logo Design
Q. We are powder coating stainless steel water bottles for our company. For our logo, we would like to use a vinyl sticker or decal before powder coating. After the coating is applied, we want to peel the vinyl off to achieve a stainless steel logo ...

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: 8/23/2016

Powder Clinic: Pinholes Mentioned in July Issue
Q. Just read the article in most recent issue of PF about our problem and wanted to respond with what we found out.

Published: 8/23/2016

Powder Clinic: Is Blasting Enough for Preparation?
Q. I am looking into making the switch from liquid to powder coating. I have an experienced powder coater who says all my aluminum and steel parts need is to be blasted, and that should be good enough. But I am finding mixed reviews online. So is th...