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Spraying Powder Coat Explained

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The process is fairly

Simple provided you know what you are doing. At first, we begin by cleaning the surface to be painted. This is then followed by blasting or masking. The final step is the pointing the spray gun and shooting. This article offers an expert opinion on how to achieve the right coating thickness. Getting it correct prevents cases of orange feel later on.

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Getting started

Begin by working in an area with proper lighting. An LED flashlight can also be useful. When applying the powder coat, the best approach is to have it done in a designated space or a booth. This keeps your garage neat. A booth does not have to complicated, a simple home-made wooden or box version is good enough. You can have a box fan fitted with a furnace filter behind the booth to capture overspray. Those with powder coating shops can build powder coated booths to grab any overspray. It is very important t rest in a clean area where you can easily prevent spray from foreign particles from getting into contact with the parts being sprayed. Experienced workers usually shower or spray themselves with air before they begin the procedure. This is due to the sensitivity of the job to contamination. Here are several safety tips that provide protection when powder coating.

 

Adjust your powder coating gun

This will depend on the gun you are using. For instance, some gun version has no air pressure adjustment settings. Nevertheless, most powder coating guns need the air pressure to be set before use. Surprisingly, the powder coating process runs on low pressure. In most cases, less than 10psi the range is good enough. The only time you might have to set the psi high is when you are shooting in recessed areas. When it comes to area coverage, the low psi works best. To keep tabs on the gun pressure, you can use wall mounted regulators bearing in mind that some pressure is lost as it moves through the hose. This means a nine psi setting will be lower than that at the shooting point. To overcome this discrepancy, you can use inline gauges before the gun. This can be in the form of a mini-regulator.

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High kV settings

High-end powder coated guns work on adjustable kV settings. The higher, the more efficient. More powder sticks to the part rather than ending up in overspray. All in all, the higher, the better. Those shooting on large panels will have to crank the kV settings to 100kv. This produces an adequate distance between the part being sprayed and the gun. A good distance is 8 inches. A defect known as black ionization brings about tiny dimples on the coating. In that case, it is advisable to use less kv for the complicated areas. You can begin with 50kv then tone down to 30 or 20 in the Faraday areas. Some gun can go as low as 15kv. The low setting enables the sprayer to complete more tasks.

 

Conclusion

For more on powder coating, spraying guns get in touch with commercial powder coating equipment by RFS. Expertise and reliability are all you need to get the job done.