Your Best Choice for Metal Fabrication and Powder Coating
- Experience – Over 20 years experience in metal fabrication and powder coating. We get the job done right.
- Facility – Small parts or large. We can handle pieces up to 25 feet long
- Timely Delivery – You can count on us do deliver as promised. Over 99% on-time delivery since 1994
- Quality – Class 1 powder coating in the most demanding applications. The best finishing solution for outdoor UV and corrosion protection on architectural metals.
- CAD Design
- Cutting, Bending, and Machining of all metals
- MIG and TIG welding
- Custom and Industrial Powder Coating
- Chemical Stripping of Paint and Powder Coat
- Abrasive Blasting – Sand, Glass, Soda, Plastic Media
- Phosphate Pre-Treatment (Industry standard for superior powder coat adhesion)
- Masking for Coating Free Areas or for Multi-Color Effects
- Powder Coating – All colors, metallics, tinted clears, multi-colors, textures, and super weatherable architectural coatings.
What We Can Powder Coat for You
- All Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals, Tempered Glass, Ceramics, Some Plastics Including Nylon and ABS
- Long and Short Run Production Parts
- Architectural Metals – Railings, Stairs, Catwalks, Outdoor Furniture
- Automotive Parts – Frames, Suspension and Body Parts, Trim and Interior Parts
- Motorcycle, ATV and Snowmobile Frames and Parts
- Metal Sculptures and Artwork
Sample Refinishing Prices – Strip, Blast and Powder Coat
- Stair Railings – $200
- Car Wheels – $400 / set of 4
- Car or Truck Frame – $350
- Cycle or ATV Frame and Swing Arm – $275
What is Powder Coating
Powder coating is an advanced method of applying a decorative and protective finish to a wide range of materials and products that are used by both industries and consumers. The powder used for the process is a mixture of finely ground particles of pigment and resin, which is sprayed onto a surface to be coated. The powder is most commonly applied by spraying with a gun that electrostatically charges the powder as it exits the tip.
In most cases, the powder is applied directly to a clean, bare metal surface, with no primer or base coat (powder coating can also be applied to glass, ceramics, temperature resistant plastics and even wood). The part that is being coated is electrically grounded, causing the charged powder to cling to it. After coating, the part with the loose powder clinging to it is placed in an oven to cure. In the curing process, the powder melts and flows over the surface of the object without drips, runs or sags. The result is a highly durable and attractive finish available every color in a wide variety of colors, glosses and textures.
Tough, durable and attractive finishes for almost any metal surface.
Superior Durability to Most Liquid Paints
Powder coating gives consumers, businesses, and industry one of the most economical, longest-lasting, and most color-durable quality finishes available. Powder coated surfaces are more resistant to chipping, scratching, fading, and wearing than other finishes. Color selection is virtually unlimited with high and low gloss, metallic, and clear finishes available. And colors stay bright and vibrant longer. Texture selections range from smooth surfaces to a wrinkled or matte finish, and rough textures designed for hiding surface imperfections.
Powder coating costs are comparable to the cost of good quality liquid paint on small projects, and can often be substantially less on larger quantities of parts. Elimination of VOCs and reduction of wastes saves money and helps companies comply more easily and economically with the regulations of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In fact, one of the major elements in expanding the market for powder coating has been the implementation over the past 30 years of stringent air pollution control legislation.
Powder coating is also highly protective of our environment. While liquid finishes contain solvents which have pollutants known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), powder coating contains no solvents and releases negligible amounts, if any, of VOCs into the atmosphere. Thus, there is no longer a need for finishers to buy costly pollution control equipment. In addition, most powder coating overspray that does not adhere to the part can be retrieved and reused, virtually eliminating the waste commonly found in liquid finishing processes.
Where is Powder Coating being used?
Chances are you have quite a few things at home that have a powder coat finish. It is used extensively on many consumer products such as appliances, furniture, fixtures, automotive parts, sporting goods, metal railings and stairs, etc. Commercial applications include store fixtures and office furniture. It is used on farm implements and in many industrial applications where durability and high resistance to chemical and environmental stresses are needed. Powder coating can also be an excellent choice for refinishing projects such as bicycles, motorcycles, automotive parts, indoor and outdoor metal furniture, etc.
Preparing Your Project For Powder Coating
- The coated parts are cured in an oven at up to 450 degrees F, for up to 30 minutes or more. Any part of your project that cannot withstand this time and temperature exposure must be removed before coating. This would include foam insulation, rubber pads or gaskets and plastic pads or attachments.
- Because powder adheres electrostatically, it must be applied to a very clean surface. It will not cling well to old paint, primer, most metal fillers or rust. Chemical stripping and/or bead blasting of the surface is recommended. Sand blasting with coarse media can leave a rough textured surface that can show through the finish and in some cases cause gassing that leaves pin holes.
- Any welds, ripples, dents or pits on the metal surface can show through the coating after the powder is cured. If you want the finished surface to be free of these types of imperfections, they must be smoothed or removed before the powder is
Caring For A Powder Coat Finish
While most powder coat finishes are tougher and much more flexible than conventional solvent based paints, they are about the same hardness as automotive paint, so they will scratch. To clean a powder coated surface, use the same care and methods you would use to clean your car. Gently wash with a clean, soft cloth and a mild detergent followed by a clear water rinse. Even though most powder coatings are highly resistant, certain solvents can harm them. Avoid contact with nail polish remover, paint or lacquer thinner, motor oils, transmission and brake fluids or parts cleaning fluids. If any of these should contact the powder coated surface, immediately wipe the area with a soft, clean cloth, and wash as described above.