The durability of certain products, such as construction equipment, heavy machinery tools, and heavy duty equipment made out of metal in general is beneficial because it lasts a long time, it’s reliable and it gets the job done. However, in the past, this type of machinery didn’t always look very good. The paint applications for tools or construction equipment seldom were able to hold up to the strenuous use these types of products were often subjected to. However, advances in finishing applications have made things much different for items that get a great deal of use in demanding and sometimes brutal environments.
Choosing Powder Coating Finishes
For providers of this type of equipment, one of the best options for applying attractive and decorative finishes to their products is through powder coating. Rather than using more expensive paints and putting several applications on the equipment, powder coating is a method by which a finish is bonded to the outer materials rather than simply covering a substrate surface such as what is common with a coat of paint.
How Powder Coating is Applied
The first thing to understand is that powder coating isn’t like applying a liquid paint. The reason why it is called powder coating is because the paint is actually in powder form. The paint sprayer injects an electrostatic charge to the powder which causes the power to ionize. The substrate material is electrically grounded. While this is going on, dry air is moved through the powder which causes it to react much like a fluid would.
Once the powder is expelled through the electrostatic sprayer, because the powder is acting like a fluid and because it is ionized, it is attracted to the grounded substrate material. When it lands on the substrate, an electrostatic bond is created that allows the finish to adhere in a much more permanent and durable fashion than the average coat of paint.
If you’re looking for your products to not only work under the high demands that they were designed to, but to look good as well for many years to come, you may be able to get a new lease of life to your business by simply using powder coating finishes. Whether your company will handle the powder coating itself, or you contract out to a dedicated powder coating service, the products you produce can look as good as they operate.