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Currently we are a small business with very big plans for the future and we will continually provide updates as we progress. Since the early 1980s we have placed in many automotive shows. One of the large automotive shows that we placed in was the World of Wheels in Boston where we were awarded first place in our class for Mini Pickup Trucks. Now we would like to offer you the same quality and knowledge that we have developed over many years. Over the last years we have been recognized on the Madison Who’s Who list for three years for our distinguished contributions to the public community.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Powder Coating?

Powder Coating is a process where a finely granulated powder is sprayed at a very low pressure (about 10psi) from an electrically charged gun. The powder has the consistency of talcum powder or laser printer toner. The clean, bare metal part is grounded and the gun is charged to 10,000 volts or above to give the particles a very high electrical charge. The particles exit the gun and are instantly drawn to the grounded metal part. Because this static charge is of a very high voltage, the particles of colored powder from the gun are attracted to the part. Typically a tablespoon of powder will cover about 1 square foot of area. Unlike paint, there is very little “overspray” with powder coating. Once the part has been thoroughly covered with the powder particles, it is placed in a curing oven set at 400 degrees. Once the powder has flowed out, a timer is set for 20 minutes or more to thoroughly cure the coating on the part. Because of the high temperatures involved, there is no risk of trapped moisture under the powder coating (unlike chroming or plating processes). Once the part is removed and has cooled to room temperature, it is ready to be placed into service. This is unlike paint or epoxy finishes that have to spend time curing before they can be handled. In addition, because of the sterile environment of the oven and the short baking time, there is little chance of dust or debris being embedded in the coating (unlike paint).

What does the finish really look like? Say, compared to paint?

This is a common question from people who are having parts powder coated for the first time. In a nutshell, the cured, powder-coated item appears as it has been “dipped” in a very high-gloss paint, removed and allowed to dry. Because of the high temperatures involved in powder coating, the powder will “go plastic” and flow evenly over the surface of the part (similar in viscosity to a light oil). For this very reason, we are very careful not to touch the part when it comes out of the curing oven and is still hot, simply because the finish has not yet hardened (and we don’t like getting burned either!).

Because very little powder is actually over any given area (1-3 millimeters thick), there is little change of “drips” or “sags” in the finished item. This results in a show-quality look to the part and is the main reason top contenders at auto shows have powder coated items on their cars. Finish quality wins shows! In addition, the amount of “clear” in a powder (non-pigmented particles) can be adjusted to give an ultra-high gloss that is scratch and chip resistant, and can be cleaned easily with products such as Windex. Unlike paint this is important to remember, the “clear” in powder coating is actually all the way through the finish, not just a layer on the top (like paint). As a huge bonus, powder coated items never have to be waxed or polished simply because the “shine” is actually embedded in the finish itself!

I can grab a rattle-can of paint from the hardware store! Why pay to have something powder coated?!?!

This is an easy question. Powder coating is for show winners and people who want their finish to last darned near forever, plain and simple. If you want your item to look “good enough” for a couple months, come across like everybody else’s, scratch, chip, rust, run and sag, then a can of paint is probably what you need.

Paint required maintenance to keep it looking good! Powder coated items do not. If you get dust on paint and simply wipe it off, you will scratch the paint and ruin the gloss. A powder coated item can be cleaned with Windex and a soft cloth and it will look as good years from now as when it was first coated. Powder coating is for people who want the parts on their classic cars to LAST, resist rust, and look first-rate. This is one of the main reasons that people have rims, rear axles, leaf & coil springs and other suspension components powder coated. The abusive environment under a car, with heat, flying rocks, gravel and road dirt flying around, you NEED a durable scratch and chip resistant finish!

Is powder coating indestructible?

NO! Any finish, even plating such as chrome is capable of being gouged or scratched if a sharp enough object is scraped along it. There is no such thing as an “indestructible” finish. To understand the properties of any finish, you have to understand three terms; hardness, pliability, and thickness. Paint is hard, not very pliable, and very thin. What this means is that paint can easily be chipped (being hard), will not bend (paint on a spring will eventually crack). and is very thin, which gives very little protection for the painted item (scratches easily). Plating, such as chroming, is extremely hard (chips easily), is not pliable at all (part-flex will crack it), and somewhat thick, which provides good protection to the part underneath (at least until it chips!).

Powder coating, on the other hand, has up to 75% of the hardness of chrome plating, is very “pliable” (it better be, it is a finely-granulated semi-plastic powder!) which makes it great for coating items that will flex or bend, and is thick compared to paint (about the same thickness as chrome plating).  Because it is pliable, rocks, etc will “bounce” off of a properly cured part instead of chipping it.

In addition, unlike chrome, the cured powder has formed a strong mechanical bond with the metal underneath.  This makes it almost impossible to chip a powder coated part if the metal has been properly cleaned and cured (powder coating a rust-covered item WILL chip, but only because the rust has separated from the underneath!).  Your powder coater will probably provide a simple set of instructions to help you prevent damage.  If not, then simply ask!

Question:  Where is the price list?  How much does this process cost!?!?!

Answer: Most powder coating shops do not have a price list on most items simply because without seeing the item to be coated, they cannot tell how much effort will be needed to prepare the item for coating.  For example, a pristine, new-in-the-box aluminum valve cover that is bare, clean metal can probably be powder coated for about $40.00.  On the other hand, if you send them a valve cover that is greasy, corroded, has all of the rubber parts on it, and is painted with 6 layers of rattle-can paint, it might cost you $175.00!

This is only because they have to remove all of the rubber & plastic items, scrape off the caked-on grease, polish out of the corroded areas, chemically dip, bead-blast and finally polish the item to get it close to being prepared for powder coating.  This includes any “flash” removal which the shop may do on any parts, new or used, simply because the factory casting process is not perfect.  When you send items to a powder coating shop to be coated, try and send as many as possible at the same time!  This results in a much lower cost to you because they can “batch” the items when cleaning, bead blasting, polishing, powder coating and curing.

If I send you something, how long before I can get it back? (turn-around time)

Powder coating shops get this question a lot, simply because many of their customers are automotive enthusiasts who dislike being with their cars!  (Driving around without a valve cover would be a bad thing, to say the least!).  Generally speaking, once the items arrive, they are stripped, cleaned and polished on the 1st day, masked coated and cured on the second day and generally shipped on the third day!  Of course, this depends on how busy your powder coating shop currently is.  It is entirely possible to have it by the “next weekend” if you get it to the powder coater early enough in the week.  Believe it or not, weather can play an important role in turnaround time!  If it is raining heavily, or is very cold, then some shops would prefer to wait until conditions improve.  This is because the powder may “cake” on very humid days.  This results in an uneven coating, which most powder coating shops will not allow.  Very cold days usually mean that static electricity is very high which results in dust and other airborne particles being drawn to the grounded part prior to coating.  In general, figure about a week from the time you ship your item to the powder coater until you get it back!