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powder coat manufacturers have worked extensively on developing
systems for powder coating wood, especially MDF (medium density
fiberboard), for use in furniture and shelving. One concern
is the retained moisture in the wood. If you have the time
and patience, you can preheat the wood, spray hot (250°F
or so), cure at an elevated temperature (say 350°). The
moisture in the wood will blister out and show as blow holes
in the coating. You could then sand the coating and repeat
the operation. The second coat should come out okay. If not,
Powder Coatings [800-842-1994] and others have developed a
temperature cure powder for wood coatings. As I understand
it, you first
must sign a non-disclosure agreement with Morton promising
your first born
child if you reveal what you are about to be told. It is hard
to fool the
laws of physics, so I don't believe they are doing anything
This may be a combination of pre-heat (possibly with infra-red)
temperature cure powders. They do make powders which will
cross link at
close to the boiling point of water, but these tend to be
quite touchy at
room temperature, and during transit.
questions apply to the powder coating of plastic. Since plastics
tend to be non-conductive, the electrostatic charge will not
to ground, and the powder will tend to not stick to the plastic
unless it is
preheated. The softening point of the plastic will be the
doing this. If it is an engineering plastic, it may take a
and post heat. If it is a commercial molded product, it probably
spoke with a coater a few days ago who is coating cast pewter
pewter tends to melt at the standard 400° oven temp. Since
the part was
dense and solid, I guessed that it would not do any flexing
coated, and the coater could get by on less than a full cure.
He will try
coating at 275° to 300°. The only down side is poor
impact resistance, but
he said that should not be a problem.
wood and plastic can be coated, but probably not with a standard
procedure and cure schedule.
should not be a problem as long as the coater can get the
the part. Armstrong Powder Coatings (since purchased by Morton)
produce a flat black epoxy which was used on a Tequila bottle.
One coater I
know said he would put a "grounding rod" down the
center of glass lamp bases
to enhance electrostatic attraction. Others routinely spray
hot to get the
powder to adhere to the glass, then do a conventional cure.
It may take two
coats for complete coverage. After the first coat is applied
(not cured), it is easier to get the second coat to stick
to the first.
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