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Fluidization and Fluidizing Bed Issues

Tuesday July 18, 2017

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. Check out some of the more common fluidization issues we’ve all experienced below. Some of these are common problems, others not so much but we will delve into the problem, the cause and some prevention tips and solutions. Read more...

Powder Coating Application Issues, Problems and Fixes

Tuesday July 18, 2017

We all know applying powder coatings can sometimes be tricky. Sometimes, jobs go wrong. For every coating that comes out perfect, there will be a reject down the line somewhere. The more experience you gain, the risks of a blundered coating are reduced, and we’re here to nudge a bit more knowledge your way. We talked about appearance issues previously, which you can see here, but today, we are going to dig into application issues. This is when issues arise in the actual process of applying a powder coating to a substrate, the result of which is often a reject.As you will read, there is a host of potential issues, many of which stem from not having good ground. Gun settings, film build, improperly maintained equipment, and gun to part distance can all affect an application negatively as well. Read more,,,

Appearance Issues: When Powder Coating Jobs Go Wrong

Tuesday July 18, 2017

Rejects are the bane of any job shop’s existence when applying powder coatings. Pulling apart out of the oven only to see whorls of orange peel powder, sections where the coating has sagged, or opacity issues bring a particular kind of dread alongside the question of what happened?

Special Effect Powder Coatings and How To Apply them

Tuesday July 18, 2017

Before we get this train moving, we should probably define what exactly a special effect coating is. The list is pretty long, as essentially everything that is not a solid color can fit into this category. The definition of a special effect can also differ between powder manufacturers and job shops. Some of you may consider low glosses and matte finishes as special effects; others may not. Most companies will say that metallics fall under the special effects class – however, we have a whole article dedicated to metallics here and will not be focusing on them today. What we will go into today is why we use special effects, what their chemistry is, how to use them, how they can go wrong, and give you some top tips for how to use these particular coatings best. Specifically, we will cover wrinkles, translucents, dormants, river veins, multi-components and fine textures. Read more...

Spraying Metallics - What You Need To Know

Wednesday July 12, 2017

'Spraying Metallics; what you need to know' explains the different types of metallic coatings available, including the difference between bonded and unbounded metallic, things to watch out for when you are spraying them and how they can effect your equipment,  Check out this blog to get top tips form the experts, who have been involved with spraying metallic for many, many years. Read more...

How To Apply A Two Coat System

Wednesday July 5, 2017

How to Apply a Two Coat System
Whether it's a primer and top coat, color coat and a clear, or one of the many beautiful finishes that require a bright base coat to really make the top coat shine, two coat systems come with their own set of challenges. This blog - how to apply a two coat system - offers tips from the top on applying various two coat systems including primers, topcoats and clear coats. Read more...

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