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.


Polyolefin powder coating in Houston is highly durable when introduced to abrasive or chemical elements. This makes it acceptable to use in lab or hospital settings, where sanitation with abrasive chemicals is required for safety purposes.


Polyester powder coating in Houston finds its uses in many industries that produce items for the outdoors. Outdoor furniture, automobile parts that are exposed to the environment, and architectural building elements all greatly benefit from polyester thermoplastic powder coating.  The type of polyester powder coating you will need depends on the needs of your product, as you will need an architecture-certified polyester coating for buildings. 

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