About Powder Coating
about powder coating

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About Powdercoating

Architectural Powder Coating
For 30 years, powder coating has been the finish of choice for a superior, more colorful, longer lasting and more durable finish on architectural applications, as evidenced on thousands of commercial, industrial, government, residential, historic and institutional buildings around the world.

Powder coating is specified because of its durability, scratch resistance, gloss retention, weatherability, resistance to chalking and its unlimited range of colors, finishes, glosses and textures. Plus, it is an environmentally friendly finishing process, making it an important part of a sustainable or green building project that incorporates low-emitting products.

Powder coating is now available in super durable PVDF finishes for monumental style projects. PVDF was previously only available through environmentally unfriendly wet coatings.

Powder coating explained
Powder coating is an advanced method of applying a decorative and protective finish to a wide range of materials and products that are used by both industries and consumers. The powder used for the process is a mixture of finely ground particles of pigment and resin, which is sprayed onto a surface to be coated. The charged powder particles adhere to the electrically grounded surfaces until heated and fused into a smooth coating in a curing oven.

The result is a uniform, durable, high-quality, and attractive finish. Powder coating is the fastest-growing finishing technology in North America, representing over 10% of all industrial finishing applications.

Powder coating benefits
Powder coated surfaces are more resistant to chipping, scratching, fading and wearing than other finishes. Color selection is virtually unlimited and extremely long-lasting.

Environmentally friendly
Liquid finishes contain solvents with pollutants, yet powder coating contains no solvents. This makes costly pollution control equipment redundant. Plus, the overspray can be reused, so reducing waste.

No solvents and reduced waste saves money and helps companies comply more easily and economically with regulations.

Australian Standard
AS 3715-2002 Metal finishing – Thermoset powder coatings for architectural applications.

Care and maintenance
To ensure the decorative and protective properties of your coated material are maintained, it is recommended that a regular cleaning program is undertaken.

The timing of such a program will be dependent upon a number of variables. Some of these include:

  • The geographical location and surrounding environment; e.g. marine, humidity, prevailing wind.
  • Atmospheric Pollution (industrial / rural)
  • Protection by other buildings and / or surrounding vegetation

The best method of care is by regular washing of the coated surface using a solution of warm water and a mild detergent, washed with a soft cloth or sponge. Rinse thoroughly with water to remove residue.

In no circumstances should abrasive cleaners containing ketones, ethers or alcohols, or harsh materials such as steel wool, be used. For stubborn stains use mineral turps or methylated spirits on a soft cloth.

Coated surfaces can be cleaned at the same time as glazing for convenience.

Depending on the environment, your care and maintenance program could vary between once per annum in a rural situation, to monthly intervals in industrial high pollution instances.

Contact a Qualicoat licensed applicator or organisation that markets products produced under the Qualicoat label for further information. Refer to the Member Directory on this website for a list of Qualicoat approved powder coaters, and those with a licence pending.