Where Is Powder Coating Used?
Thousands of products and parts are currently powder coated:
The appliance industry benefits from powder coating on front and side panels
of ranges and refrigerators, washer tops and lids, dryer drums,
air-conditioner cabinets, water heaters, dishwasher racks, and cavities of
microwave ovens. Powder coating has also replaced porcelain enamel on many
washer and dryer parts.
The automotive industry uses powder coating on wheels, bumpers, hubcaps,
door handles, decorative trim and accent parts, truck beds, radiators,
filters, and numerous engine parts. A clean powder topcoat has been
developed to protect auto bodies. BMW and Volvo are using it on their new
model cars, and GM, Ford, and Chrysler have formed a consortium to test this
technique on their production lines.
Nowhere else are the benefits of architectural powder coating more evident
than on the thousands of commercial, industrial, government, residential,
historic and institutional buildings from around the world. For 30 years,
powder coating has been the finish of choice for a superior, more colorful,
longer lasting and more durable finish. Powder coating is specified because
of its durability, scratch resistance, gloss retention, weatherability,
resistance to chalking, the unlimited range of colors, finishes, glosses and
textures, the fact that it meets AAMA specifications and because it is an
environmentally friendly finishing process, making it an important part of a
sustainable or green building project that incorporates low-emitting
products. Virtually any part and any product in your next project might lend
itself to powder coating including metal, aluminum, composites, wood,
plastic, glass and ceramic. Powder coating is superior to liquid paint,
anodizing, PVDF and Kynar500®.
There are also many everyday uses for powder coated products such as
lighting fixtures, antennas, and electrical components. Farmers have powder
coated tractors and farm equipment. Fitness buffs use golf clubs and golf
carts, ski poles and bindings, snowmobiles, bicycles, and exercise equipment
that are powder coated. Shop owners have powder coated display racks,
shelves, store fixtures, and vending machines. Office workers use metal
furniture, computer cabinets, mechanical pencils and pens, thumbtacks, and
other desk accessories that are powder coated. Parents have powder coated
baby strollers, cribs, metal toys, and wagons. And home owners have lawn
mowers, snowblowers, barbecue grills, patio furniture, garden tools,
electronic components, bathroom scales, tool boxes, and fire extinguishers
which benefit from a powder coated finish.
While powder coating started as an alternative to finishing metal products
only, the development of powder that can be cured at lower temperatures has
allowed powder coating to expand to non-metal surfaces such as ceramics and
some wood and plastic applications. Powder coating on wood is growing by
leaps and bounds. Manufacturers of home-office furniture, kitchen cabinets,
children's furniture, and outdoor grill tables are discovering that powder
coating makes these "hard use" products retain their new look much longer.