Unveiling the Future of Powder Coating: Houston Powder Coaters Launches New Website

Houston Powder Coaters New Website &  Resource Houston Powder Coaters

We are thrilled to announce the exciting launch of our brand-new website at Houston Powder Coaters! Designed with a commitment to education and innovation, our website aims to be a comprehensive resource for anyone eager to delve into the world of powder coating.

At Houston Powder Coaters, we believe that knowledge empowers and innovation propels industries forward. That's why we've crafted a website that goes beyond being a mere digital presence—it's a hub of information, a learning center, and a celebration of the transformative power of powder coating.

Why Powder Coating? Powder coating has emerged as a leading finishing technique for various industries, offering durability, versatility, and environmental benefits. Our new website serves as a gateway for individuals and businesses to explore the myriad advantages of powder coating. Whether you're a seasoned professional or a curious enthusiast, you'll find valuable insights into the benefits, techniques, and technology behind this revolutionary process.

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Unlocking The Benefits Of Powder Coating Finishes


Unlocking The Benefits Of Powder Coating Finishes

Imagine a world where your car’s paint job lasts longer, your patio furniture doesn’t chip, and your appliances maintain their sleek appearance for years. That’s the world of powder coating - a game-changing technology that has revolutionized the coating industry. In this blog post, we’ll dive into the fascinating world of powder coating, exploring its components, processes, and advantages over conventional liquid coatings. Get ready to unlock the benefits of this durable, cost-effective, and eco-friendly finishing solution.

Key Takeaways

Powder coating technology is a dry finishing technique that offers uniform finishes, enhanced durability and diverse colors.

It utilizes an electrostatic process for even coverage and has two primary materials: thermoset & thermoplastic.

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Fusion Bonded Epoxy In Houston: Protecting Surfaces, Enhancing Durability


When it comes to protecting surfaces against corrosion and enhancing durability, fusion bonded epoxy (FBE) coating has emerged as a popular choice in the city of Houston. Fusion bonded epoxy is a thermosetting powder coating that is commonly used as a protective coating for steel and other metal objects. It is applied to the surface of the material in a powder form and then heated, causing the powder to melt and fuse with the metal substrate, creating a strong and corrosion-resistant barrier.

Applications of Fusion Bonded Epoxy

The versatility of fusion bonded epoxy makes it suitable for a wide range of applications in Houston. Here are some of the key uses of FBE coating:

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Beating the Heat with Powder Coating in Houston

Beating the Heat with Powder Coating in Houston

Houston, Texas is known for its hot and humid summers. With temperatures regularly reaching over 90°F and heat indexes regularly reaching 100 degrees some days, it can be challenging to stay cool and comfortable. However, there is a solution that can help beat the heat – powder coating.

Powder coating is a process that involves applying a dry powder to a surface and then heating it to create a durable and protective coating. This coating is known for its ability to resist heat, making it an excellent choice for infrastructure in Houston.

One of the main benefits of powder coating is its ability to reflect heat. When sunlight hits a powder-coated surface, the heat is reflected rather than absorbed. This means that the surface stays cooler, which can help reduce the overall temperature in the surrounding area.  Park benches and playground equipment are in danger of becoming hot enough to burn residents during the hot summers, but because of powder coating’s ability to reflect rather than absorb heat, parks and playgrounds can be enjoyed more thoroughly. Renewing old metal patio furniture with powder coating is also a viable option, and Houston Powder Coaters can even redo straps, slings, and fabric accessories to be a one stop shop for refinishing your outdoor patio furniture.

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Non-slip Powder Coatings for Power Plants in Houston

Non-slip Powder Coatings for Power Plants in Houston

Non-slip powder coating is a type of industrial powder coating that can be applied to virtually any surface to provide a textured grip. It's commonly used in industrial settings, but it also has many other applications.

The process involves spraying the material onto the object being coated and then curing the product at the right temperature, creating a highly textured finish that provides better traction than smooth surfaces without affecting the look or feel of whatever you're coating.

Non-slip powder coatings for power plants have many benefits. The most obvious benefit is that it reduces the risk of slips and falls, which can lead to serious injuries or even death. This is especially important in areas where there are high volumes of traffic, such as at entrances and exits or near walkways. The increased safety means that your employees will be able to work more efficiently without worrying about hurting themselves while they're doing their jobs.

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New Trends in Sustainability in the Powder Coating Industry: Part 2

New Trends in Sustainability in the Powder Coating Industry: Part 2

Along with the venture into plant-based (also known as bio-based) and low temperature curable powders, the powder coating industry in Houston is taking other strides into the sustainability and economic impact of their industry.

Hyper-durability is easily the most effective way to impact the sustainability of an industry. Having to do frequent recoats is labor-intensive, cost-ineffective, and unsustainable. Product failure due to ineffective coatings is antithetical to the sustainability movement. A hyper-durable coating ensures that products need to be coated less frequently, and the products themselves last longer as well. Powder coatings are graded on their corrosion resistance and their UV resistance to measure their overall durability. Different durability ratings determine what industry powder coatings can be used for and what environment they perform best in. UV intensive areas such as Houston would do better focusing on powders with higher durability ratings according to the AAMA (American Architectures Manufacture Association). 

Interest in anti-microbial coatings has surged over the past few years as well (for obvious reasons). Powder coating distributor Keyland Polymer has developed an anti-microbial powder that is UV curable. This new powder can be completely cured within minutes at 100-125 degrees Celsius. Keyland Polymer’s entire UV line now has the added benefit of being antimicrobial, called UVMax Defender. Using a silver ion technology, UVMax Defender reduced the reproduction of bacteria like E. Coli and Staphylococcus by 99.99 percent. This would be hugely beneficial for hospitals and other medical facilities, long-term care facilities, grocery stores, food prep areas, and public restrooms.  Whatever your powder coating needs are, Houston Powder Coaters is sure to leave you satisfied.

New Trends in Sustainability in the Powder Coating Industry: Part 1

New Trends in Sustainability in the Powder Coating Industry: Part 1

In 2022, the powder coating industry is said to have raked in 14.7 billion dollars across the globe and by 2032 it is expected to hit a market size of 25.4 billion dollars. The industry is not slowing down, and there are many new aspects to powder coating in Houston that will give the market every advantage over other coating methods. But is it sustainable? The definition of sustainability is the ability of a market to meet current demands without sacrificing availability for future needs. The powder coating industry in Houston has always boasted a higher measure of sustainability than other coating industries. The durability of powder coating in combination with the recyclability of powders and abrasive medias make the powder coating industry in Houston a sustainable one. However, new developments in the powder coating industry stand to make it even more sustainable for the future.

Plant-based is a buzzword many industries have been using lately to promote more sustainable goods. Recently Sherwin Williams has unveiled its new Powdura® ECO Hybrid Coatings line which uses 25% pre-consumer recycled plastic. The company Allnex has also developed a powder coating line that uses 25% pre-consumer recycled plastic, as well as a line that uses plant-based polyester resins.  According to the industry, one pound of the recycled product powders contain on average the equivalent of 10 water bottles worth of consumer plastics. 

The powder coating supply industry has been looking for durable powders that are able to be cured at a lower temperature than previous powders. This reduces a company’s carbon footprint as well as its energy costs. In recent years, companies have been shifting to a more sustainable cure time and temperatures of 10 to 15 minutes at 150 to 160 degrees Celsius for a majority of powder coatings. Not only do these powder coatings save companies money on energy expenses, but a quicker turn around allows for higher production numbers. 

The Environmental Advantages Of Powder Coating In Houston


Powder coating is well known for its durability, attractiveness, and unmatched corrosion and environmental protection.  What it is less known for, but perhaps its greatest asset, is its eco-friendliness. Powder coating in Houston boasts many environmental impact advantages when compared with other types of coating processes.

No Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds (VOC for short) are chemicals found in the air from a variety of industries. These can include but are not limited to liquid paint and paint strippers, adhesives, cleaners, pesticides, air fresheners, and gasoline fumes. Powder coating and liquid paint coating industries are closely related but vastly different when it comes to environmental impact. All coatings need time to cure to reach maximum durability. Liquid coatings release VOCs as they cure and also as they are applied. While some liquid paints are classified as low-VOC, they still emit hazardous fumes as they are applied and as they cure over time. Choosing powder coating over liquid coating means not only will you get a more durable, attractive finish, but you can rest easy knowing your order won’t contribute to air pollution. 

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Houston High-Rises: How Powder Coating Can Set Them Apart


Architectural powder coating in Houston covers surfaces from railings, metal facades, window and door frames, vents, soffit and fascia, fences, and more. In a climate like Houston’s, having the ultimate protection against the environment with powder coating saves money on costly renovations due to corrosion or peeling paint. High-rises are relatively new to powder coating, with one of the first high rises to use powder coating being built in New York City in 2020. The 51-story Hudson Yards structure took over twenty thousand pounds of PPG’s Coraflon powder coating to the metal elements for the exterior of the building. The company responsible for the massive undertaking used FEVE, or fluoroethylene vinyl ether, which unlike other architectural powder coatings can be applied at ambient temperature rather than requiring high temperatures to cure. FEVE provides excellent color retention, which for a high-rise is important, as well as high-degradation resistance to air pollution and environmental effects. 

Architects and contractors have been using powder coating shops in Houston for decades for their structure needs because the protection and durability is unmatched when compared to liquid coatings. Stair and balcony rails, decorative metal facades, vents, etc. all can be powder coated for optimum protection of surfaces. Powder coating surfaces for large buildings and commercial buildings is optimal, as the longevity and durability of the coatings makes it a cost-effective option. For high-rises specifically, keeping the exterior looking new for as long as possible is desirable because of the impracticality of frequent touch-ups and repairs.

Ensuring Powder Coatings Reach Maximum Corrosion Resistance


Powder coating in Houston is more than just spraying the coating, curing, and handing off to the client. Proper preparation methods as well as making sure powders are not contaminated ensure that the client gets the most life out of the coating and that the coating looks flawless if it is on a visible surface. 

When it comes to corrosion resistance, industrial powder coatings in Houston are known for their high level of durability. Corrosive environments are more than industrial zones that handle chemicals both liquid and airborne, with the outdoors being the main corrosive environment powder coated machinery and products are exposed to. In Houston, the outdoors subjects machinery, buildings, vehicles, park equipment, etc. to high heat, high humidity, and in some areas higher levels of general pollution because of its vast number of industrial plants. 

Also, because of Houston’s relative proximity to the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, there is a higher level of sea salt in the air that also can be highly corrosive to metals not protected by powder coatings. To determine if a coating gives maximum durability to the object it is protecting in an area, real-world testing in the location of the powder coating shop/client’s area is a good idea. While this isn’t practical for everything, many powder coating manufacturers should be able to inform powder coating shops in Houston what the best coating systems are for different needs.

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Types Of Powder Coating And Their Uses: Thermosets


The biggest difference between thermoset powder coatings and thermoplastic powder coatings is how they react under high temperatures. Thermoplastic coatings will melt and turn liquid again under high heat because they do not chemically react with the surface they adhere to. Thermoset coatings will not melt under high temperatures and are therefore used in industries where the powder coated object will be subjected to harsh conditions. The science behind thermoset powder coatings in Houston is a chemical process called cross-linking during the heat curing process. After it has cooled and set, the thermoset powder maintains its hardness when heat is reintroduced. 

Polyester Thermoset Powder

This type of thermoset powder is the most commonly used powder coating in Houston. Over 60 percent of the market uses polyester-based powder coatings because of its durability and ability to withstand constant outdoor exposure.

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Essential Pre-Treatment Advice For Powder Coating Aluminum In Houston


Powder coating is a great option to coat metals like aluminum and protect them from a harsh environment. The powder coating method ensures a durable, long-lasting finish that is environmentally friendly and cost-effective. However, to get the durability you expect out of powder coated aluminum, pre-treatments are necessary to make an optimum surface for the powder coating to stick to.

The first step in pre-treatment of aluminum for powder coating is degreasing. The method of degreasing for the aluminum will depend entirely on the surface of the metal and the pollutants involved. The three primary methods of degreasing aluminum for powder coating are solvent cleaning, vapor cleaning, and emulsion cleaning. Solvent cleaning is the best method if you need to preserve the surface of the metal. Heavy grease and oil are removed from the surface using a solvent-soaked cloth and wiping the surface clean. Emulsion cleaning and alkali cleaning use a solvent with a higher pH and a dipping method. The metal is dipped in the solvent for a few minutes, removed, and rinsed.

Removing rust is the second pre-treatment step for powder coating aluminum in Houston. Corrosion is a major weakness for metal, and the whole reason behind powder coating is to prevent corrosion. However, that doesn’t mean a surface is ruined if rust is present. It can be removed and then powder coated to further protect the metal from further corrosion. Rust is easily dissolved with acid, so this pre-treatment step is relatively simple. This method will also require a rinse afterward.

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Why Media Blasting Is A Necessity Before Industrial Powder Coating


Professional painters and industrial powder coaters in Houston will tell you that a job is only as good as the prep work.  Poor prep work?  Poor job. While often referred to as sandblasting, that is a misnomer as many types of media are available to be used and sand is not typically one of them.  The specifics of the job, and the type of stripping you need to do, will determine what kind of media you use. 

Aluminum oxide is the most frequently used media form for prep work before industrial powder coatings. Its hardness and strength make it the perfect media to prepare surfaces for powder coating where the removal of rust or previous coatings is necessary.  Aluminum oxide works best with harder metals like titanium and stainless steel but can work with softer metals if enough care and attention is given. It is great at removing old powder coating as well. It can be reused, and as it is expensive, using it in a media blasting cabinet where it can be recovered is typical practice.

Industrial powder coating works best with a well-prepped surface. Foreign contaminants such as dirt, oils, old paint, etc. can create an imperfect finish.  Imperfect finishes are not as durable and do not look as nice. While not completely necessary and technically optional, media blasting before coating is considered an essential step by many professional industrial powder coating shops in Houston

Getting The Right Color With Powder Coating In Houston


Powder coating in Houston is a vast industry with a plethora of uses. Outdoor furniture, architectural use, industrial use, municipal and infrastructure possibilities, etc. all benefit from powder coating in one way or another. Powder coating is a dry powder made from a mix of curatives, flow modifiers, and leveling agents. The powder is applied with a sprayer to electrostatically charged surfaces and then cured in an oven. Thermoplastic powder coatings fuse to the surface using heat and can melt after the curing process if reintroduced to excess heat. Thermoset powder coatings become set in their physical and chemical properties after their initial curing process, making them more durable and appropriate for use in industrial settings where exposure to high heat and chemicals is likely. 

When you make an appointment with Houston Powder Coaters to discuss your powder coating needs, you will quickly find out that because of HPC’s size and high output, they have a great relationship with many powder coating suppliers. They can quickly get you what you need if they do not have it in stock. They also work with powder coating suppliers to provide custom, specialty colors to clients who require specific colors for their products due to HOA restrictions, safety restrictions, or simple logo matching, etc. HPC’s special order colors are any color that exists on the RAL color chart for powder coatings and are considered non-inventory. These are not custom colors, but rather colors not frequently used, so they are not kept in stock. Custom colors can be formulated to match exact shades and specifications when provided with a swatch.  Whether you want to match your new powder coating to an existing coating or match it to your company logo, Houston Powder Coaters can get it done.

Fusion Bonded Epoxy Vs. Powder Coatings: What’s The Difference?


Fusion bonded epoxy in Houston is a type of powder coating that is classified as a protective coating. It is applied by applying the coating to an already cleaned and preheated to over 400 degrees Fahrenheit surface. As the epoxy powder is applied, it melts and fuses to the surface, creating a protective barrier. Because fusion bonded epoxy (FBE for short) is a thermoset coating, it cannot go back to its original form and further heating of the FBE coated surface will not allow the FBE to melt. This is great for industries where FBE is needed to protect the surface from corrosive materials and elements such as water, chemicals, heat, UV rays, and more.  FBE is different from other powder coatings in that it is used mainly in industries such as the oil and gas industry and the space industry.  In oil and gas, FBE in Houston is used to coat the interior and exterior of pipelines to ensure maximum protection from the corrosive materials the pipeline is exposed to. 

While traditional powder coating can be used for a myriad of things, FBE is best suited to heavy industry, as it is not necessary or suitable for everything.  Depending on the usage of what you need powder coated, traditional powder coating methods can do their job efficiently.  Unlike FBE, traditional powder coating relies on spraying the powder onto an electrostatically-charged surface, then baking the powder onto the surface in large batch ovens.  Metal patio furniture, public space items such as park benches, bike racks, etc, as well as the appliance industry all benefit from traditional powder coating in Houston.

Industries That Benefit From Powder Coating In Houston: Part Two


Architecture/Building Powder Coating

The architecture and building industries use powder coating in many different ways. When it comes commercial buildings, whether they be skyscrapers, smaller buildings, or large warehouses, many aspects of the structure can benefit from powder coating in Houston. Door and window facades benefit from powder coating because of their constant exposure to the elements. Other architectural elements that can be powder coated are metal facades, stair railings, metal fencing, soffit and fascia, light poles, and more. 

Oil & Gas Industry Powder Coating

The oil and gas industry uses powder coating in Houston for all kinds of things. Most notable is powder coating the interior and exterior of pipes for pipelines to protect the integrity of the materials. Oil and gas pipelines can carry corrosive chemicals, so they require great protection against corrosive and abrasive elements, and fusion bonded epoxy coatings in Houston do just that. The powder coating industry in Houston also works with oil and gas companies to protect certain elements of their refineries, storage tanks, and field equipment.

Powder coating has taken over global industries because of its versatility, environmental friendliness, durability, and more. Not a day goes by where you do not see at least one item that has a powder-coated element. That bright red tool chest in your garage? Powder coated. The transformers on your neighborhood power lines? Powder coated. Exercise equipment, mailboxes, sports equipment, park play areas? Powder coated. They all benefit from the durability of powder coating in Houston.

Industries That Benefit From Powder Coating In Houston: Part One


There are many industries across the world that benefit from powder coating.  The architecture/building industry, oil and gas industry, appliance and automotive industries, etc., all make use of powder coating for their products and services in one way or another. 

Appliance Powder Coating

Appliances benefit from powder coating because many household appliances deal with moisture or potentially corrosive chemicals on a daily basis.  Refrigerators can be powder coated on the front panels and side panels, which is great because they can become grimy from dirty fingers and need regular cleaning to remain shiny and new.  Without proper coatings, regular cleaning and usage of a refrigerator can have it looking old and worn before its time.  Dishwasher racks are also frequently powder coated to withstand the corrosive detergents and high temperature water required to clean and sanitize dishes.  Water heaters, washer and dryer exteriors, and air conditioner cabinets are also frequently powder coated to protect them and ensure long usage.

Automotive Industry Powder Coating

There are many aspects of the automotive industry that benefit from powder coating.  There is even a new clear top powder coat for the exterior of vehicles, and door handles, bumpers, wheel rims, etc. have been utilizing powder coating in Houston for a long time. Vehicles are subject to the environment on a daily basis, as well as gasoline, oil, and other chemicals regularly. They are also not inexpensive and need to last for years if not a decade or more without falling apart and rusting, and powder coating provides great protection.

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Types Of Powder Coating Materials And Their Uses: Thermoplastics


In broad terms, there are two types of powder coating in Houston that industries use today.  These are thermoplastics and thermosets. Thermoplastic powder coating is physically bonded to the surface with the introduction of heat.  This requires batch baking that sets the powder coating by turning into liquid form.  Thermoplastic coatings are thicker and tend to be more durable than thermoset powders. Thermoplastic powders are used in a variety of industries, from the automotive industry to the appliance industry and more.  Thermoset powders are chemically bonded to the surface after they are fully cured, which makes them appropriate for use in industries where conditions are harsher, especially temperature because heat will not affect the coating.

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)

Polyvinyl chloride powder coating in Houston (PVC for short) is one type of thermoplastic powder. PVC requires a temperature of 400 degrees Fahrenheit to set, so if the underlying substrate is unable to withstand that high temperature, PVC will not be an appropriate coating.  Polyvinyl chloride is FDA approved for use in the food industry.  It is also acceptable to coat chain-link fencing amongst other things.

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Fusion Bonded Epoxy For Water Pipeline Infrastructure


Fusion bonded epoxy (FBE for short) and abrasion resistant overcoat (ARO for short) are well known in Houston for their uses in the oil and gas industry. Where they are not well known, however, is in the municipal water industry, such as pipes used to bring drinking water into our homes and sewage pipes and at water treatment plants. The municipal water industry is due for a big upgrade in the next few years. Using fusion bonded epoxy and abrasion resistant overcoats to protect pipes from corrosion will ensure the longevity of the pipes and the health and safety of the region’s residents. Water pipelines can be lined with cement after FBE/ARO applications.

FBE became commercially available in the 1960s, and in the decades since has become a true competitor in the industry for coatings to protect steel pipes and more for the oil and gas industry. It offers great corrosion protection and is environmentally friendly as it involves no solvents. This lack of solvents makes FBE in Houston the perfect option for the municipal water industry. When it comes to drinking water, you have to be careful that the pipes will not leech anything into the water that is hazardous to the health of residents. Typically, pipes are lined with cement mortar and spun at a high rate of speed to compact the mortar to the interior of the pipes. FBE, in combination with ARO coatings, exceeds many standards and requirements for potable water, and the corrosion protection is second to none.

Weather-Resistant Powder Coatings In Houston


Powder coating provides great protection and durability for many items subject to the elements. To get the best out of weather-resistant powder coatings in Houston, there are certain steps that should be taken to provide optimal protection, especially if refinishing an item that already has a powder coating. 

The first step is to prepare the surface to accept the powder coat. This can be done by media blasting. Media blasting in Houston is the process of using small granules (can be sand, crushed walnut shells, etc.) blown at high speed against an object to remove debris like old paint or rust. This step, where necessary, is vital to the life of the powder coat.

The next step is the actual powder coating application. A primer or rust deterrent can be applied to the surface before the actual powder coat to serve as a foundation. Zinc-rich primers can be used to prevent the formation of rust in humid or wet environments. The powders used in powder coating stick to the surface of the primed metal through electrostatic charge. 

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