Most of us aspire to own a beautiful home, and even if we’re lucky enough to own one, we still like to admire others. Powder coatings can contribute in a big way to the gorgeous aesthetics of a house, especially in terms of beautifully finished doors and windows It really doesn’t matter what your chosen style is either. From the ultra-modern, with sleek, smooth finishes in flat mattes or anodized effect silvers to the traditionally styled with time honored shades, rustic looking metal effects bronzes and light textures, powder coatings add that extra special something to the final curb appeal.
A job shop can be a hectic, at times chaotic, place to work. Depending on how big your shop is, there can be a lot of people on the floor at a time, multiple parts being run through various stages, and all sorts of jobs lining up to be done. No matter how much experience you have running or working in a job shop, you probably have a good idea of how quickly problems can arise – and not just rejects, mind you. Malfunctioning equipment, bad communication, and irregular maintenance will all cause problems, big and small, down the line.
Simple as they might seem, the hoses and pumps of your application and fluidizing equipment are some of the most important parts. If they do not work properly, break, or are contaminated, the whole system goes kaput – likely leaving you with a reject at the end of a job. Within this guide, we will be going over some great tips for the care and maintenance of hoses and pumps, as well as covering some of the main issues that can appear.
There is always a deep sense of satisfaction when you pull a substrate out of the curing oven and find no visual imperfections. As with most job shops, there are a number of different tests that you can perform to test the quality and consistency of the film and various other cured film properties. Now, when we say ‘cured film properties’, what we are actually talking about is which particular aspect of the film is being tested, for example, adhesion or pencil hardness.
Ensuring that the powder is fluidizing properly is essential to a successful powder coating application. So what is fluidizing? Basically... it is using air to turn powder into a ‘liquid’ state. A good fluidizing hopper will often have the appearance of a simmering pot of stew. But why do we need to fluidize the powder though? Well, by fluidizing powders they become easier to apply – both in the terms of an even application and how smoothly the powder flows through the guns.