OUR COATING PROCESS
1. MEDIA BLASTING
Media Blasting preps a metal surface for restoration. Blasting removes dirt, rust, corrosion and existing paint or powdercoating, allowing for a clean slate. Any type of metal can be blasted, including alloys, aluminum, steel,and iron. The main idea of mediablasting is to remove any buildup and fracture the surface prior to the prep work.
2. PREP WORK
Prepping involves applying a chemical solution to neutralize metallic surface impurities. This cleans off any debris missed by media blasting, and also, prevents future rust and corrosion. There are several kinds of solutions we can use to enhance the surface before coating, specific to the metal type. Please bring up any concerns with chemicals used during this step, as this procedure should not be missed.
Powdercoating begins once the prep work has been completed. The- coating is done through an electrolysis process. The object is positively charged to allow for -in order for the powder to be attracted to it and bond well during the next stage. There are many colors and brands of powder to choose from depending on the needs of the customer and the end use of the project. There are outdoor rated and interior only rated colors and powders. Some powders require clear coats which could add to an increase in costs. Here’s more on powder types with this post. Be sure to ask your coater which is best for your project.
Curing times for metal depends on two factors: First, how long it takes the oven to get to heating temperature and second, the size of the oven itself. Temperatures range from 250 (low cure) to 400 degrees, which are required for the powder to heat up enough to bond. Once the right temp is achieved, it takes 15-30 minutes for your metal part to cure. The newly powdercoated piece is heated throughout for the curing process to be done correctly.