Powder coating is a treatment that is becoming more and more popular for objects in and around the home. Although it’s commonly used for automotive and industrial purposes, powder coating’s distinctive look makes it a stylish way to add emphasis to outdoor furniture, metal cabinetry, and fiberboard cabinets.
Metal is the material easiest to powder coat, but what other materials can be used? You may be surprised that the answer isn’t limited. Almost anything that can withstand extreme temperatures and can hold an electrostatic charge has the ability to hold on to the powder material. Those materials can include:
- Medium Density Fiberboard
It’s important to know exactly what an object is made out of before you consider powder coating it. If you know the base material, you can ask yourself:
- Will the material withstand 400+ degrees of heat for an extended period of time without burning or melting?
- Is the material electrically conducted?
As many materials, such as most plastics and some wood materials, melt or burn during the initial heating process, they’re not ideal for the typical process. There are ways to heat and cure objects that are considered “heat sensitive” or low electrical conductors with UV-curable powders that require minimal heat to cure on an object.
Because the powder has to electrostatically attract to the object being coated, it’s best, to use a material that has a charge to it. Trying to coat a material that has little to no electrical charge will result in the powder substance falling off. However, materials can be pre-treated with spray solutions that provide a greater conductive surface and then “pre-heated”. The powder is applied directly onto the heated object, helping the powder adhere upon contact. The object will then go back into the oven to finish curing.
If you’d like to powder coat an object but are unsure if it can be done, give us a call. The specialists at Full Blown can answer any questions you have about coating materials we use and the general process itself.