One of the challenges for any OEM in the Grand Rapids area is to find quality providers for part manufacturing, fabrication, and final finishing. For many automotive, equipment, industrial, appliances, and everyday use products, powder coating provides a durable, customized, and effective coating solution.
Finding quality powder coating services is critical. Poorly or incorrectly processed powder coating does not last and can have a negative impact on marketing and brand recognition for the OEM. Often companies that are offering lower than average costs for powder coating services are cutting corners in the process, which leads to problems with the final product.
The Importance of the Process on Quality
There are companies in the Grand Rapids area that specialize in quality powder coating services. These companies have built a reputation on quality standards at each step, ensuring that the final powder coating meets industry standards and their customer’s expectations.
The process of applying quality powder coating is not complicated, but it does take the correct prepping and setup of the system. The setup varies slightly based on the type of powder coating, which is either a thermosetting or a thermoplastic powder.
Pre-treatment of the metal surface is critical. It must be completely free of debris, dust, oils, grease, rust, or chemicals on the surface. This can include multiple treatments and rinses. Drying the parts is also required before the powder coating application.
For quality application, the powder coating equipment has to be maintained, and the system configured to the specification for the part. This is true for both robotic or manual applications. Finally, curing must be done for thermoset powder coating, and it can include a range of different options to create the consistent temperature required.