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What is powder coating?

What is powder coating?

What is Powder Coating?

Powder coating is almost like painting.

But the difference between paint and powder coat is the way its applied and its durability.

Powder coating is applied as a free-flowing powder in a completely dry form.

The coating is applied electrostatically and then cured under heat which causes it to form a kind of “skin” or “barrier”.

Electrostatic paint

How does it work?

Electrostatic Spraying is a method typically used to achieve the application of the powder going onto a metal substrate.

This application method uses a spray gun.

It applies an electrostatic charge to the powder particles, which are then attracted to the grounded part (the metal).

Is it better than paint?

When cured, powder coating forms a protective finish that is much harder then conventional paint.

Due to the thermal bonding process, powder coated metal are resistant to weather, chemicals, corrosion, scratching, chipping and other wear and tears.

Powders also provide a more uniform coating because they don’t drip or run.

The colors stay vibrant longer then with wet painting.

Is it environmentally friendly?

Unlike liquid paint, powder coating doesn’t use harmful chemicals. There is also less material waste than traditional painting processes.

What Colors Can I choose?

Powder coating has literally thousands of color textures, and finishes to choose from.

In our office we provide many sample colors you can see in person to help with your decision making .

You can also google ral color chart to familiarize yourself and narrow down your color choice.

How can I get a Quote?

To get a quote is very simple, all you have to do is email us at Office@gothamcc.net with pictures and dimensions of the material you’d like to powder coat.

Once we receive your email we will reply back or call which ever one you prefer with a full description of your estimate.

After the details have been worked out you drop off your piece or we pick it up and get started right away.

Contact us today to talk about what is powder coating and how you can use it on your next project!

Translucent Colors

Translucent colors are one way of making your project pop. This roll cage is the perfect opportunity to show some of the steps involved in creating these colors.

Our client chose Shocker Yellow, a bright color that is actually a clear coat. To make the color pop, apply it over a bright chrome color.

We lightly sandblasted this roll cage to remove any impurities from the fabrication process. Then we applied iron phosphate to prevent rust and create a better bond between the powder and metal.

The first coat was a shiny chrome. The yellow-green translucent color was sprayed on top. The final result is a vivid lemon-lime.

Contact us to find out if translucent colors are a match for your projects!

Preserving a Vintage Table

This vintage table was an unusual project. Most of the time, we fix old scratches and discoloration to refurbish furniture. This project was an attempt to preserve those imperfections.

The old layer of paint was flaking off, which is not something you want with a kitchen table. We sandblasted that layer away so our client could see the bare metal.

They loved the industrial beat-up look of the surface. They decided they wanted a clear coat that protects the table while preserving the vintage look.

The matte clear top coat brought out some interesting details. The finish also makes sure the table is protected for daily use in a family home.

Contact us to find out about how we can help you with your vintage furniture!

Custom Color Matching

Custom color matching is an involved and pricey process of trial and error. We recommend exhausting all possible existing color samples from our different suppliers before deciding to try color matching.

 

To find out more about our custom color mixing policy, contact us for more details.

Before asking for a custom color, we would recommend trying to just find a match from existing samples. An RAL color chart is the first place to look, because this is the universal color code for powder coating. one client wanted a powder coat that would match a touch up paint they already had – we painted a panel with the paint and after it dried we matched it up against all the yellow swatches we had in stock and sure enough we found one that was so close you wouldn’t be able to tell they weren’t the exact same color.

It’s hit or miss to pick a color off a screen, so we always try to make sure you pick your final color based on a physical sample. We have swatches from our suppliers, or we can make a sample here in the warehouse.

Sometimes it’s not so easy, and we end up having to order all sorts of sampled to find the right match. One customer needed a very particular shade of pink. When none of our suppliers had a color that matched, we worked our way to the right shade by mixing the two closest colors through trial and error.

The challenge, though, is that powders aren’t like paint. The colors don’t fully blend, and if you look at the finish very closely, you’ll see the different little spots of the two colors, like little speckles and grains in the finish. In these custom colors, you can see that we used a pinkish red and a light cream – you can see the white speckles standing out against the red.

Every project is a little different, and we try our best to meet your individual needs. Contact us to see what we can do for you!

Bike Frames

We also powder coat bike frames. With the colder weather keeping you inside, why not personalize your bicycle? We can work with new bike frames or refurbish old ones! The paint on this bike had been banged up, but the frame itself was still good.

We can work with all steel and aluminum frames, forks and accessories! Just bring us the dismantled bike frame, and we’ll do the rest.

We sandblast the frames after stripping away factory finishes or old layers of paint. Before we powder, we mask off all the threads to protect them.

Throughout the process we work with you to pick a powder coat that matches the color you want – metallic, glossy, or matte. You can stop by and look through our samples, whether you have a color in mind or are looking for inspiration. An easy cheat is to take a look at the standard RAL color chart – we can match any of these colors in a glossy finish.

This frame now looks brand new with a fresh coat of silver!

Contact us to find out how we help personalize bike frames!

Custom Bumper

For these custom bumpers we changed a small detail, but the effect was very dramatic. We sandblasted off the factory finish from the bolts and detail parts on the custom bumper. Then we found the perfect glossy red to powder coat the accent parts. Now they really pop and break up the solid black of the bumper.

Contact us to find out more about how we can help you create a custom bumper!

Refurbish Cast Iron Radiators

Some houses have beautiful old cast iron radiators hidden under years of caked on paint, like these vintage American Radiator Company pieces. This fall we have been refurbishing lots of radiators, as home owners prepare for the colder weather to come.

These came to us so coated with old layers of paint that you couldn’t see the wonderful filigree.

We sandblasted the layers of old paint away to reveal the clean metal underneath. We powder coated them with a simple metallic gray that really emphasizes the design in the metal.

They are now good as new, and ready warm their house for many more years. Make sure to check out our tips for caring and maintaining your powder coating finish.

Contact us to find out how we can help you refurbish your cast iron radiators.