Powder coating is a coating that is applied as a free-flowing dry powder. It adheres electro-statically and then is placed under heat to allow it to cure. It is used to create a hard and highly durable finish that is resistant to chipping, flaking, solvents, corrosives and general wear and tear. Powder coating is more environmentally-friendly than other painting methods as it does not use solvents. We have access to a variety of powders , from smooth ultra glossy "glass-like", to textured or wrinkled. (gloss, satin, matte, textured, wrinkled, vein, candies, clear coats, metallics, primers, etc). There are over 7000 different powders to choose from which allows you to have a one-of-a-kind coating. The fun doesn't end there either, you also have the ability to layer these powders in multiple stages to further enhance your project.
In preparation for dropping off your items, please try to ensure that they are free of oils, grime and dirt. This enables us to begin our powder coating process without delay and prevent you from being charged an additional cost for cleaning. If a wheelset is being brought in, the tires will need to be removed prior to us receiving them. All items also need to be fully disassembled.
Once we receive your item, our preparation begins. For the cleaning process, the choice of either chemical stripping or media blasting is dependant on the piece. Occasionally, an oven outgassing/burn-off cycle is necessary to remove any oil and contaminants that may be present. At ION Coating, we have both an industrial sand blasting setup, as well as a state of the art media blasting cabinet that is used to ensure a proper blast profile on your items to achieve the highest quality finishes.
Coating & Curing
When the item is fully prepared and racked onto one of a selection of custom roll racks, we then move it into the 9'x9'x9' spray booth. The chosen powder is then loaded into our Gema Optiflex 2 powder gun and ready for application. After the powder is applied by one of our skilled professionals, it is then loaded into one of two curing ovens, the largest having internal dimensions of 5'x5'x8'. Once the part temperature reaches approximately 400 degrees fahreheit, the timer is set for 10 minutes and then removed from the oven to cool. When the items are cool to the touch, they can be removed from the rack and are ready for pick up.