Powder Coating FAQ

Powder coating is a method of applying a finish to a wide range of materials for both industrial and consumer use.

Powder coating is a dry finishing process. Finely ground particles of pigment and resin are electrostatically charged and then sprayed onto the item to be coated. The item to be coated is electrically grounded, so that the charged powder particles adhere to the item until heated which cause them to “gel” into a smooth, consistent and uniform coating.

The end result is an attractive, durable, high-quality finish.

  • It’s More Durable
    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.
  • It’s UV Stable
    Colors stay bright and vibrant longer under extended exposure to direct sunlight because of it’s stability toward UV radiation.
  • It’s Environmentally Friendly
    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.
Powder is generally applied at a thickness of 1 to 3 mils depending on application or preference by the customer.
Any metal that is able to withstand the curing temperatures involved with the powder coating process, generally 350 – 425° F.
We can powder coat most all metals, including, but not limited to, steel, stainless steel, aluminum, cast iron, cast aluminum, brass, and copper.
Color selection and sheen is virtually unlimited with anything from a super high gloss all the way to a matte finish and anything in between. Metallic and candy finishes are available, and even a powder coated clear coat. Layering of powder colors can result in some very creative effects. Texture selections range from glassy smooth surfaces to wrinkled and rough textures designed for hiding surface imperfection. We also powder coat custom graphics.
Unfortunately there are just too many variables that cause the colors to look differently on a computer screen compared to the chip sample. We therefore ask that you visit us to see our color selection in person.
We have many in stock, and if you stop by and take a look at our samples, you may be surprised at the variety currently available.
We have thousands of colors and effects available, with many in stock. In the event that we cannot find a suitable match, we do offer custom color matching for an additional cost.
We prefer not to give telephone estimates. The condition of the item and the choice of a particular powder coating will influence the cost. After seeing your item and selecting a coating we will provide you a written estimate. Telephone quotes are subject to change once the items are evaluated at our location.
Absolutely! We specialize in small batch powder coating.
We ask that you wash and degrease your parts as much as possible and that all bearings, seals, gaskets, and rubber components be removed before you drop them off. Anything that cannot withstand the 400°F curing temperature must be removed. Additional prep costs will be applied for excessively dirty and greasy parts
Yes. We use a series of silicone caps and plugs for masking threads and several styles of special high temp masking material for mating surfaces or close tolerance areas.
We have two powder coating ovens – 3’x3’x3′ and a 4’x6’x6′. At this time we can accommodate parts up to 6′ long, so we are unable to powder coat a full car frame.
No. Tires, weights and valve stems need to be removed from the rim prior to bringing them to our shop.
Sure, but be aware that after abrasive blasting steel items begin to rust quickly. In addition, please clean off any oil or grease before blasting as the oil and grease can become embedded into the surface, which will cause adhesion problems when we coat it.

You’d also be surprised to find out that after the cost of blasting, getting parts powder coated isn’t all that much more. Proper preparation is the key to our process!

Standard powder colors are stable to a consistent temperature of around 250° F. Any parts exposed to temperatures higher than this may be eligible for a high temperature silicone based powder. High temp powders can withstand around 1000° F, but be aware that color selection is fairly limited. Give us a call, we have other options available.