Are You Searching For High Volume Plastic Part Coatings Solutions? - Spectrum Coating
Eye doctors regularly warn their patients not to leave their prescription sunglasses in their vehicles. People that do often find themselves in need of a new pair of shades because the soaring temperatures inside a car that's sitting in the summer sun are enough to warp plastic eyeglass lenses and alter the delicate balance of the prescription. While some plastics are more resilient than others, it's a simple fact that heat and plastic don't always play nicely together. Since heat is a common element in the installation process for some industrial coatings, plastic part coatings can present unique challenges. Fortunately, Spectrum Coating delights in a challenge. We also have a variety of coatings in our repertoire, so we're ready to provide top-quality industrial coatings for a wide range of surfaces and purposes.
Plastic Part Coating Possibilities
When it comes to plastic part coatings, heat is not your friend, so any option that calls for traditional oven curing is best avoided. While some teams might be stumped by those restrictions, we have a couple of possibilities that might suit your needs: Cerakote Air Cure and powder coating for plastics.
Cerakote Air Cure
Cerakote coatings are prized for their ability to resist corrosion and abrasions and valued for their added durability, lubrication, and attractiveness. Cerakote is a polymer-ceramic composite coating that is applied with a high-volume spray gun, compressed air, and an incredibly light, skillful touch to create a thin film. How thin is it? The resulting coating is roughly half the thickness of most powder coatings. That's why Cerakote is such a popular choice for firearms and other situations where precision is vital.
When it comes to curing Cerakote coating, there's a great deal of flexibility, so it's easy to choose the optimum method for your material. For metals, that might mean a traditional oven curing. For plastics, that could mean a customized oven curing featuring either a flash curing with a quick trip to the oven or a longer curing comprised of a short trip to the oven at lower-than-normal temperatures. In many cases, it will mean air curing. While heat curing typically produces a harder finish, any of these methods can deliver an excellent finish.
Powder Coating for Plastics
Powder coating can protect plastics from dings, scratches, gouges, and fading. Some people will tell you that powder coating is only for metals. In truth, some forms of powder coating are only for metals. Traditionally, powder coating used an electrostatic spray gun to apply charged colored powder to a grounded metal surface. Then, the item was heated to melt the powder, creating a tough coating. Any powder that fell away could be swept up and reused, adding to the efficiency of the process.
However, materials like plastics that couldn't hold the power or be heated weren't eligible for powder coating until some clever new techniques were introduced that expanded the treatment's potential. Now, trained technicians can apply a special primer that allows nonmetallic surfaces, including plastics, to accept the powder. After applying the powder and binding it to the plastic surface with an electrostatic discharge, a very low, brief dose of heat is used to help set the coating. Finally, a special ultraviolet light is brought in to finish curing the coating.
When you want plastic parts coatings that protect from weather and wear and tear, Spectrum Coating has the solutions that you're searching for, and we have the capability to fulfill high volume orders. We'd be delighted to talk with you about our products and services. Call us at 321-632-3018, stop by our shop in Cocoa, Florida or send us an email at info@ coatingbyspectrum.com. We look forward to hearing from you.