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What can you powder coat?

Powder coating is a great addition to products you use every day and materials that undergo everyday wear and tear. The process differs from applying regular paint. As the name suggests, the paint is in a powder form. It is heated at high temperatures to allow it to adhere to the item in question. By the end, your item will have a much more durable coat.

But it isn’t a suitable process for everything. It’s why, to make your life easier, we’ve compiled a list of items you can and cannot powder coat.

Good for powder coating

In simple terms, powder coating works best on items that will undergo a lot of use. It is commonly used on objects that will spend a lot of their lives outside, exposed to the elements. This includes things like:

Appliances – items in your home like microwaves, fridge/freezers, and ovens that get a lot of use but maybe aren’t always treated with delicate care.

Automotive – parts of a car that you wouldn’t think to clean, such as ashtrays, antennae, bumpers, license plate, and wheels.

Architectural components – items around your neighbourhood that need to be their best in every season, like benches, fences, building panels, and handrails.

Building and construction – ceiling panels, fans, fire extinguishers, ladders, scaffolding – things that may go neglected and ignored for long periods of time.

Lawn and garden – Items in your garden that will have to withstand wind, rain, and snow, like bird feeders, canopies, gazebos, and lawn mowers.

This list isn’t exhaustive by any means but gives you a general idea of items that typically undergo powder coating. But what can’t you coat?

What to avoid

The high heat required for powder coating means that materials that are highly sensitive to heat and melting are not ideal for powder coating and can cause serious damage to your equipment. This includes:

Rubber materials – Even though they might see a lot of wear and tear, items like exercise/play mats, outdoor gym equipment, or cricket stumps can’t be powder coated.

Protective polythene film – Be aware of any film that is usually placed on top of windows, carpets, or any new equipment for protection.

Silicon – These are typically delicate objects like computer chips, ceramics, or pottery.

Anything that will melt easily and can’t withstand heat is not suitable for the powder coating process.

Once you have an idea of what you can and can’t powder coat, you can begin to evaluate your own manufactured goods. Whatever you decide, make sure to enlist the service of a professional who will ensure the process is done safely and correctly.

At Tomburn, we are here to help you with your powder coating needs for products like those above. If you want more information about our services, or if you need a quote, contact us today by calling 02392 692 020.

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