How do you clean powder coat?
There are a lot of products that can be powder coated, but none more so than automotive parts. Powder coat is known to have electrostatcially charged particles that make them bond with metal, therefore giving it a more durable coating than those with ordinary paint. Although it will make powder coated items last longer, powder coating does not make your rims invulnerable. You will still need to take care of the coating, so here’s a guide on how to clean powder coated surfaces.
As with everything, you should try to make sure that your powder coated wheels are always free from dust or debris. This is why when asking how do you clean powder coat, you should always consider your location. There will be areas that will be more susceptible to pollutants, like the the beach’s mixture of saltwater and sand, or the polluted and grimy air of the city. Some areas will require you to clean your powder coated rims as often as possible, and some will require washing within a week or two.
Here’s a general idea on how to remove stains from powder coat: wet the area to loosen up any dirt or debris sticking to the rims. With a wet sponge, carefully wipe the area to remove any deposits that was not unclogged by the water. With a soft, non-abrasive brush and some diluted solution of mild detergent, soap up the area to further ensure that the rim are free of any residue. Rinse with clean water. That is how to remove stains from powder coated wheels.
Making sure your powder coated rims are clean goes a long way in the longevity of the finish, but if you want to go the extra mile, you can also apply powder coat wax polish. After washing, simply wax the rims like you would do your car. After the wax dries, simply wipe it off with a clean rag and your rims will look as good as new. Brands like Meguiar’s offer great top shelf polish, and are recommended for powder coated items.
Powder coat is not an invisible shield that makes metal objects invulnerable to damage. It protects the item from minor scratches and has a great glossy finish. However, like other automotive parts, it needs to be maintained and kept clean to ensure that it does it best, until the time comes that it needs to be replaced. Should you encounter a problem with maintaining your powder coated wheels, bring them over to Wheels Respray and let the professionals do it.
Can you clear coat powder coat?
Powder coating is known to be stronger, durable, and lasts longer than other paint jobs in market, which is why more and more people are choosing to powder coat their metal automotive parts. However, there are questions being raised about how to apply it, such as can you clear coat powder coat, which is understandable, because there are those who unknowingly apply powder coat to materials without properly understanding them.
Powder coat is electrostatically-charged paint so when sprayed on metal, the powder bonds onto the material. Typically, it is applied to metal surfaces. Given that it bonds with the material, the powder coat provides a protective coating that makes the metal surfaces stronger and does not chip easily. however there are those who still doubt the resilience of powder coat, so they always ask can you clear coat over powder coat. Yes, car owners can apply clear coat over powder coat, but it is rarely recommended by panel beaters or car repainters. Clear coat is considered inferior compared to powder coat, and although it will not affect the paint job it is very recommended that powder coated materials are left as is. At the same time, majority of powder coat paints in the market now resemble a clear coat finish after the baking process, so when it’s all done, you will immediately see that you don’t need to clear coat powder coat.
Another thing you might consider when asking repainters if they do clear coat powder coat is for oxidation. Most metals need clear coat to avoid unpainted parts from oxidising, and sometimes even parts with paint are not assured from oxidation. With powder coat, the powder sticks directly onto the metal, so an even coating is always assured even before the curing process. After it bakes, the entire metal object will then be safe from oxidation, therefore there is no need to put clear coat.
Using clear coat on metal objects has been a necessity for the longest time, especially to those who do not have access to powder coat. It offers protection from chipping and oxidation, and gives the metal a glossy finish. Powder coat offers all of those, plus more. With powder coat, the metal is already protected by the paint itself, and has a glossy finish. It is also longer lasting than other paints, so refreshing it will take longer than others. Powder coat gives more value for your money over time, compared to other paint products, which just goes to show why it’s the choice of paint for many.
What Materials Cannot Be Powder Coated?
Powder coating is fast becoming the choice method of applying damage-resistant paint finishes to different products. Powder coating is primarily applied to metal parts, but its effectiveness and overall durability makes people want to put it on different products, thus begging the question: what materials cannot be powder coated?
Primarily, materials that CANNOT HOLD A CHARGE cannot be powder coated. There’s a reason why majority of powder coated products are metal: the paint is ejected from the powder coating gun with electrostatic to make it cling to all nooks and crannies of the metal object so when being cured, the paint melts and covers everything well. You can attempt to pewter coat non-charged items by heating it up first so when the paint lands on its surface it melts immediately, but do note that this opens up opportunity for the paint job to fail, compromising the integrity of product.
FABRIC is another item always brought up if it can be powder coated. Yes, we understand that clothes hold static charges every now and then, but the answer is no, fabric cannot be powdercoated. Yes, the powder paint will probably stick to the fabric, but unfortunately very little fabric can withstand the heat of a powder coating oven, sometimes reaching 400 degrees, like he using polyester powder coating. Sublimation is the best method when it comes to fabric, so it’s better to use that process to get the best look possible.
WOOD Is extremely tricky to powder coat because yes, there are electrostatic wood products like medium-density fibreboard (MDF), but most wood products will not survive the extreme heat of the oven. You can attempt to powder coat wood by using low temperature, but doing so will compromise the quality of the paint.
PLASTIC is another product that will not be able to withstand the heat of a powder coating oven, not to mention the lack of electrostatic charge on the material. Like with wood, you can attempt to powder coat plastic by keeping the curing temperature low, but do not expect the best results after.
Surprisingly, GLASS is a non-charged material but can be hacked for powder coating: simply putting any metal behind the glass is enough to make a stainless steel powder coat colour stick. However, much like the other materials, the glass needs to be able to withstand the intensity of the oven during curing, so not all glass materials can go through this.
We understand that powder coating not only gives off a nice finish but somehow embeds the metal item with superior strength and durability in just one coat, and this is something that most products can use for themselves. Regardless the powder coating colours, wheels, callipers and other metal items found in cars are still the best items to apply powder coating to, and we here at Wheels Respray have honed the art of powder coat application.
Can you DIY powder coating?
Powder coating is fast-becoming a primary option for automotive paint jobs. Since they’re mostly made of metal, it is fairly easy to powder coat car parts and end up with a seamless, professionally-made finish. But that professional paint job does come with a price, so many netizens are asking: can you DIY powder coating?
Gathering the Tools
Technically, it is possible for anyone to start powder coating by themselves. Assembling a complete DIY powder coating kit is key: you will need powder coating gun, sandblasting equipment including a sandblasting cabinet, ultraviolet light or oven for curing, and of course powder coat paint. Other DIY powder coating equipment include respirators so you don’t inhale the powder coat when you start spraying, and high temperature paint that can handle the curing process, and miscellaneous safety and paint gear.
The DIY powder coating Process
The process start with stripping the paint on the object you want to powder coat. Doing this in your backyard or garage can be pretty messy, so it would be better if you did it in a sandblasting cabinet so the sand and the paint will just be collected in one vessel. Clean the surface well to ensure an evenly-coated finish. With the powder coat gun, spray the object with the powder coat paint. The gun “charges” the powder coat, making it stick to metal. The best thing about powder coating is the very small window of ruining the paint job by over or under-spraying the object.
The curing process then begins after spraying, wherein the coat is cured either under heat or ultraviolet light, depending on the type of powder coating used. Though possible, do note that the typical household oven should not be used to cure powder coating because of the emissions the paint will set off, so you might want to get a DIY powder coating oven for this. After a few hours of high-temp baking your newly-painted object should be good as new.
DIY Powder Coating Recommendations
If you’re still asking if you can DIY powder coating at home, the answer is a big yes, but it is not recommended for a DIY weekend project. The overall process can be tedious and can cause problems for you and your neighbours, especially during the sandblasting and the curing process. If you plan to do DIY powder coating for any of your car parts like your rims, we highly recommend getting a professional to do it for you, since not only do they have the proper equipment setup in their shops, but their experience guarantees a smooth finish for every project.
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Will paint remover remove powder coat?
Newly-painted rims are a thing of beauty. The gloms and brand-new look will always be a feat for the eyes. However, paint does fade over time, and this is true for powder coated products as well. However, if you’re thinking of doing a weekend DIY on your rims, better take it easy before getting a load of paint remover, because powder coat is trickier than you think.
“Will paint remover remove powder coat?” Unfortunately no, your powder coated item will not be stripped of its paint by applying basic paint remover. When paint stripping powder coating, remember the process of application. The powder was electrostatically sprayed on to metal object and then baked in an oven, making the paint and the metal merge together. There’s a reason why powder coated materials lasts long, and it’s the same reason why paint remover won’t work easily.
Another mistake people make is to try remove powder coat with acetone. Yes, acetone will remove the shiny finish and might fade the paint a little, but more often than not it will not remove the paint fully. Unless you have barrel loads on hand, acetone will only do more harm on the powder coated item than good.
Removing powder coat with heat gun is another option, but it is not recommended. Using a heat gun means burning off the paint of the surface of the metal, then scraping the metal off. This is not recommended because most DIY jobs go too hard on the scraping, leaving permanent marks and scratches on the metal. When applying a new coat of paint, these marks will be visible and can leave an awful overall finish.
When looking for a powder coat remover, Australia has heaps of experts with years of paint experience that are at your service. Powder coating specialists are still your best bet in removing powder coat, so you will want to look for shops that specialise in powder coating. Specialists like Wheels Respray have all the right tools to strip away the paint without damaging the item, even fixing any dents and scratches it has before applying powder coat on it, making sure that each job looks factory-fresh, every single time.
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Wheel Respray Cost
Alloy Wheel Respray Costs:
How much does it cost to respray your rims? This is the first question we get asked whenever someone enquires on getting their rim resprayed, and so, we decided we should break down the costs, so you can understand what really happens during a wheel respray, and to make sure you aren’t cheated with hidden fees!
Firstly, we’ll start off with the wheels itself. What is the size of the rim? Many people often aren’t sure of their rim size, and so, to find out, all you need to do is take a look at the rubber on your tyres. It usually looks something like the image as shown. These numbers outline the complete detailed dimensions of the rim, however, the rim size you may be asked to provide is the number at the end, which is circled in red. This is an example off of a Volkswagen Multivan, and as you can see, it has 17-inch alloy wheels. The price of a wheel respray will differ depending on the size of the rim.
What colour you were after is also the biggest factor in price. You can get standard colours such as black, red, white etc… which are a set price, but custom colours, such as pearlescent colours, can also cost more. The powder is another determining factor. Since there are so many suppliers, the quality and pricing of the powder can vary. The same coloured powder can be cheap for one brand, and expensive for another. The most reputable brands on the market are currently Interpon and Dulux. The price may also be affected by the finish of the wheels, whether you get them powder coated in gloss, satin or matte. One point to note about satin and matte finishes is that, whilst long lasting, do not enjoy a lifespan as long as gloss wheels. Because of this, many powder coating companies will offer a clear coat option for your wheels, or may put them into the price. Clear coat is nothing more than sealant and protector against scratches. Sort of like paint protection film for your wheels. Since this is an additional cost, you could save yourself a couple of bucks if you ask to not have it, which is usually favoured by those who do not drive their vehicle but are merely collectors.
We know that not everybody is going to be able to get the rubber of their rims, which means they often have to get the powder coaters to do it for them. Many people often charge extra for this, which is why it’s best to check when calling up and getting a price. Prices may vary from workshop to workshop, but the average price is usually around $250. Again, just make sure powder coater is able to perform this service!
We pride ourselves on offering the highest quality powder coating service, and not just for wheels! If it’s metal and fits in our oven, then we are more than happy to sandblast and/or powder coat it for you! call us now on (02) 9743 1729 or email us at email@example.com for a quick and easy quote!
Powder Coating Leaving Paint In The Dust
Powder Coating has been the forefront in clean, environmentally sustainable, and durable painting. It is a technique used in a variety of industries, and yet it remains relatively unknown amongst outsiders. Powder coating is the process of applying a statically charged powder onto a statically charged metal surface. A lot of metal items are powder coated. Some more obviously than others. Some relatively unknown objects that are powder coated include baby cribs, golf clubs, alloy wheels, fridges, dishwashers, fire extinguishers, ATM’s and even vending machines, just to name a few. A lot of these products use powder coating as a lot of them are used in high stress jobs, which would tear away at traditional paints and lacquers. Powder coating is therefore used as a substitute to make up for this, in order to provide high quality, long lasting and durable colour. With recent developments in technology, you can also powder coat at home, thanks to new machines that provide you with a scaled down version of a powder coating workshop.
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