Metal Powder Coating

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Metal powder coating is renowned for the breadth of its applications, from consumer products to industrial goods. An individual homeowner or family might opt to have a fence, a piece of patio furniture, a garden sculpture, or a set of lighting fixtures powder coated. A major corporation, on the other hand, might need radiators, appliances, tractors, and other bulky or cumbersome parts finished for greater durability and protection.

In just the past couple of decades, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has cracked down on manufacturers of every stripe and made it harder for them to pollute. In some cases, more stringent environmental guidelines have even forced businesses to close their shops altogether. Some industries proved ready and willing to make the jump from toxic finishing processes to clean and dry ones. Other industries, meanwhile, simply proved too outdated to make the conversion and have a paid a costly price.

Everyday Applications for Metal Powder Coating

Lest you think that no products you use are powder coated, pop the hood on your sports car or sedan and take a peek inside. Your radiator, cylinder heads, engine clamps, and a slew of other internal automotive parts have most likely stopped at the powder coating shop before making it to your manufacturer's assembly line. If you don't know where the hood release for your car is located, you can always examine the rims on your tires, your trim, or your door handles for further evidence of metal powder coating.

While the vast majority of powder coating is still performed on metal, the incidence of non-metal powder coating is also on the rise. Coaters, with the help of chemical engineers, have devised innovative ways to finish materials such as wood, ceramic, and porcelain as well. Be advised, however, that many of these non-metal finishing processes are still in their infancy and are thus plagued by a few irksome difficulties.

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