PAINT CONVERSION BY TOP-FEEDING
What is your opinion on converting from one company’s epoxy E-coat paint to another supplier’s paint by top-feeding?
Q. What is your opinion on converting from one company’s epoxy E-coat paint to another supplier’s paint by top-feeding? T.R
A. Top-feeding to upgrade the coating to a new and improved (or newer generation) of E-coat material is quite common. The paint supplier is usually involved in the transition to assure that the materials are compatible. I have seen this done very successfully several times.
However, it sounds like you are changing paint suppliers. I suggest that you work with the company who makes your new coating material. They may already have experience with the conversion to their product from the product you are currently using. If not, I’ll bet you could talk them into making a trial conversion in a lab-size tank by top-feeding and then running samples with the converted bath to ensure the transition will continue to meet the performance parameters. After all, they have a serious interest in having the conversion be successful and having you remain a satisfied and long-term customer.
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