A: The cost of powder coating depends on total square footage of the part and the color of powder you have chosen. All powders do not cost the same. We also have a difference in quality-ranging from the standard, to the Extreme Finish.
Standard: 3-Stage wash and top coat
Mid-Grade: Media blast, 3-Stage wash and top coat
The Extreme Finish: Media blast, 3-Stage wash, prime and top coat
The choice is up to you - but we recommend the Extreme Finish to get the best performance and longevity out of the part.
A: Generally, if NEW steel is brought to us media blasting is not necessary. Depending on the performance level of the part and other issues such as grease or the degree of mill scale on the part will help us decide if it is necessary to blast new steel. However, you will get the best performance out of a media blasted, 3 stage washed, primed, and top-coated part, new steel or old. Now for restoring parts, that are rusty or already have paint on them, yes media blasting is necessary to clean the part and to prepare it to be washed and coated.
A: Typically, in our shop, we have a 72 hour turn around time. The fact of the matter is that we have a wide range of customers with different deadlines. As the finisher, Extreme is the last vendor to touch the product, but our work is the first thing the customer sees. Typically, given a date, we will meet the needs of our customers. This is how we have gained a solid reputation with our customers.
A: Unlike liquid paint, powder coating is a dry process. Finely ground particles of pigment and resin are electrostatically charged by a specially designed gun that sprays powder to the electrically grounded part. This positively charged spray sticks efficiently and effectively. The part is then run through our trolley system into the large curing oven. The surface is then baked on permanently with 400 degree heat and then removed for cooling.
Also, it's environmentally safe because it does not release hazardous VOC into the air and atmosphere like liquid finishes do.
Powder has an attractive, tough, durable, scratch-resistant, proven, cost-effective finish.
"Extreme has been a valuable vendor of RCP Shelter since 2002 by meeting our ship schedules, suggesting and implementing improvements in our powder coating process and backing its work. The quality has been excellent."