Perfect Powder Coating in Victoria BC
Powder coating is a very durable, scratch resistant finish that can be applied to metal, glass, and some plastics. It is applied as a powder to an object using an electrostatic charge and then cured in an oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Powders come in an almost limitless array of colours, finishes, and textures, which are all highly protective against the effects of UV rays and rust.
Here at Tower Fence we have two purpose-built powder coating shops, with one located in Victoria and the other in Courtenay. Our powder coating ovens measure 10’ high by 22’ long and will accommodate materials of all shapes and sizes.
Some of the items that we have powder coated over the years include:
- Fences of all shapes and sizes
- Patio Furniture
- Car and Bike parts
- Custom gates
- Lamp Posts
- Fire Hydrants
- Tractor and fork lift parts
We pride ourselves here at Tower Fence Products on the ability to sandblast, prime, and powder coat products at an affordable rate. Please feel free to contact our office staff here in Victoria at 250-478-9733 for more information and a free estimate.
Our Powder Coating Portfolio
Expert Powder Coating
All staff at Tower Fence Products who are involved in our powder coating operations go through an extensive training process with a focus on providing the Victoria BC region with expert powder coating services. Our staff are trained in common issues related to quality of product application. This includes:
- Review of preparation of the objects to be powder coated.
- Parts pre-treatment.
- Contamination dangers and issues.
- Extensive education about the importance of the quality of the compressed air being used.
- Information on the conditioning of the powder and the techniques used to achieve the highest quality of polymer powder.
Equipment Care & Maintenance
- Training in proper grounding techniques.
- How equipment charges the powder.
- Review of common wear patterns of equipment.
- Common issues in pre-treating parts and substrate preparation.
Practical Supervised Technician Training
- Challenges with coating large, flat surfaces to minimize imperfections.
- Technician training centres around µA,kV, air, and powder instructions related to specific common parts.
- Dealing with the Faraday cage effect.
- How to adjust, fine-tune, and save as a future pre-set all of the various settings on the electrostatic powder coating guns on our modern equipment.
Workplace Safety Training
- Discussion of the most effective and professional technician grounding procedures.
- Prevention of electrical arcing during powder coating procedure.
- Fire prevention and safety procedures associated with powder coating guns and other equipment.
- Proper and effective use of air filtering and induction hoods, technician respirators, and dust masks.
Powder Coating Workflow
- We continually evaluate our in-house powder coating work flow and technical processes.
- Keeping the production line efficient keeps costs lower and quality higher.
- Fine tuning the density of our parts loading process for different categories of parts.
- Maximizing parts hanging and racking configurations will maximize productivity and reduce costs.
- Evaluating current powder coating methods looking for areas in which to increase efficiency and efficacy such as the powder itself, all coating apparatus, and blast media.
Powder Coating Review Of Equipment
- Regular audit of all equipment to determine any maintenance issues and create plan for repair or replacement as needed.
- Probe calibration testing at regular intervals.
- Thorough oven check with rebalancing tests.
- Technician evaluation and upgraded training.
- Plans for maximizing output and results from the coating line.
Quality Improvement Procedures
- Powder imperfections and defects.
- Evaluation of finish quality at procedure’s end.
- QUV accelerated weathering tests.
- Salt spray ratings.
- Impact tests.
- dry film thickness readings.
- Solvent rubs.
- Adhesion tests
The History Of Powder Coating
Believe it or not the powder coating process has it’s origins way back in the post-war era of the 1940’s and 1950’s. This is when new modern products were being introduced to a public fascinated by, and looking forward to, the space age. Bakelite swept through pop culture and chemistry came to the forefront of people’s lives like never before. At this time organic polymers were still being reduced to powder form and sprayed onto metal objects. The free dictionary defines a polymer as any of numerous natural and synthetic compounds of usually high molecular weight consisting of up to millions of repeated linked units, each a relatively light and simple molecule. So you start to get an idea that powder coating is not just a fancy way to spray paint something.
Dr. Erwin Gemmer was the first to patent a process for a ‘fluid-bed’ process of thermosetting powder coatings in the early 1950’s in Germany. This introduced the process of using heat to bind the heavy polymers to the metal. Not long afterward scientists in the US developed a process for using electricity to bind the polymer powder to the metal. Electrostatic powder coating is widely used in the industry today and is the process that Tower Fence Products has perfected and uses today here in Victoria.