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Powder Coating Q&A

 



Do you perfom powder coating for non-automotive applications?

Absolutely! Apex Customs has one of the largest Powder Coating ovens in the area. We can accommodate almost any application be it industrial, automotive, or consumer. For more information on our non-automotive services, check out www.apexpowder.com.





Are you able to do small custom powder coating jobs?

Yes, Apex Customs can accommodate any job large or small. Due to the nature of the Powder Coating process, there are some minimum required charges for a Powder Coating job.





Can one part have multiple powder colors applied?

Yes, thanks to our high-temperature masking process we can apply one color at a time masking various areas of the part to apply each color. This process can be time-consuming and require more labor which often results in a higher cost. If the part can be dismantled into smaller pieces that need different colors, this can significantly reduce the cost and labor required.





Can parts that haven been previously Powder Coated by Re-Powder Coated?

Yes, old Powder Coating can be removed through the sandblasting process allowing us to re-apply a new Powder Coat.





Do parts have to be clean and rust free before I bring them to your shop?

Standard dirt, rust and old finishes will be removed during the sandblasting process prior to the powder application. There is no need to clean the part unless it is coated in grease and oil. Grease and oil will cause significant issues during the powder application, therefore we require that you de-grease your parts prior to bringing them into the shop.





Can anything be powder coated?

Unfortunately, only parts that can withstand the high temperatures required during the powder coating process. Powder Coating requires the part to be baked at temperatures in excess of 400 degrees which would melt woods, plastics, and rubbers. There is an alternative process called hydro-dipping which offers a great alternative to paint for plastic and rubber materials, especially if you desire a pattern or unique finish.





How should the surface be prepped prior to Powder Coating?

The Powder Coating process requires all parts be sandblasted down to their bare metal service. At Apex Customs we perform all of the preparation required before the process begins so there is no special prepping that needs to be completed before bringing the parts to us.

The steps we use to prepare the part are:

  • Chemical Wipe Down
  • Sandblasting
  • Iron Phosphate Pre-Treatment Wash
  • 5 Stage Chrome Free Pre Treatment Wash





Is Powder Coating Environmentally Friendly?

Unlike traditional wet paint, Powder Coating is an environmentally process thanks to the negligible, if any, amounts of VOC’s that are released into the atmosphere during the process. Because of the enhanced regulations passed by the EPA, Powder Coating has quickly become the technology of choice for all metal coatings.





Is Powder Coating Durable?

Powder Coating is one of the most durable coatings available for metal parts. It is economical, color-stable, and long-lasting providing a perfect combination for a high-quality finish.





What Can Be Powder Coated?

Virtually any metal object which can hold an electrostatic charge and withstand the high temperatures required during the curing process can be powder coated. Powder is a flexible product that can be applied to even the most intricate surfaces while maintaining a uniform finish across the part. Some examples of parts that can be powder coated are:

  • Motorcycle Frames Wheels & Parts
  • Automotive Chassis, Wheels & Parts
  • Off Road Vehicle Frames & Parts
  • Bicycle Frames & Parts





What Colors Do You Offer?

At Apex Customs we offer a wide variety of colors, textures, and metallics. If you have a specific color in mind, there is a good chance we have the powder to match it. Our sales staff will help walk you through the process and choose the best powder color for your application.





What is Clear Powder Coating?

Clear Powder Coating serves the same purpose as wet paint clear coat. The clear powder protects the underlying finish while adding depth, luster, and gloss to the surface of the part. The process for clear powder is to apply it as a second coat while the part is still hot. Clear powder offers additional protections against color fading and is a great option for any part that will have exposure to the elements that could cause fading or damage.





Are Threads and Areas the Need to Stay Coating Free at Risk During the Powder Coating Process?

At Apex Customs we use a high-temperature masking that can be applied to any surfaces or threads that need to remain coating free. We also utilize silicon plugs for threaded holes and shafts that need to keep powder out of or away from sensitive areas of the part.





Are parts with body filler okay to Powder Coat?

Plastic and resin body fillers are problematic in the Powder Coating process due to the high temperatures required in the curing process. Powder typically will not bind properly to a body filler surface resulting in bubbles and uncoated areas of the part.





What makes the powder stick to the part during Powder Coating?

There are a few factors which allow the powder to stick to the metal surface. The first factor is that the part must be sandblasted down to its base metal surface. This process removes all dirt, contaminants, and old finishes that would hinder to binding process. The sand blasting also etches the metal surface creating a better platform for the powder to adhere to.

The second factor that promotes the powder adhesion is the electrostatic process. The metal part is connected to an electric charge which attracts the powder to the metal surface and keeps it attached throughout the baking process.





What does “baking the parts” mean in the Powder Coating process?

Baking the part is the portion of the Powder Coating process where the powder is baked in a large industrial oven at high temperatures for a period of time to allow the powder to melt and bond to itself. The baking process creates a uniform glove of coating over the part giving the coating increased durability and the pristine professional look.





Are all Powder colors the same price?

Some powder colors are more expensive due to their ingredients, supplier, and/or availability. Traditional stock colors are less expensive than any special-ordered powders which can be more difficult to locate. There are certain specialty powders that are more expensive due to their premium qualities such as metallic, textured powders, or candy colors.





Can Powder Coating produce textured finishes?

There is an increasing variety of textured Powder Coating surfaces that are available on the market. Thanks to the uniform Powder Coating process, these specialty textures and wrinkles can be applied to the part with no additional labor costs. Some popular uses of textured powder are to create Veins and Hammertones which are streaks of alternating colors which appear through the part.