Powder coating is a finishing process in which dry, free-flowing, thermoplastic or thermoset powder material is applied to a surface, melted, and hardened into an even coating. This finishing process is suitable for various materials, including metals, plastics, glass, and medium density fiberboard (MDF), and can provide both functional and decorative surface coatings in a wide range of colors, finishes, and textures that are not readily achievable by conventional liquid coating methods.
There are two main methods of powder coating—electrostatic spray deposition (ESD) and fluidized bed application. Either process can produce an even, hard finish which is generally more durable, cost-effective, and environmentally-friendly than a comparable liquid coating. However, while powder coatings demonstrate some advantages over liquid coatings, especially in thick or high traffic coating applications, they are not suitable for all manufacturing applications, such as for thin film or large part coatings. The requirements and specifications demanded by a particular powder coat—e.g., application environment, substrate materials, sizing, costs, turnaround times, etc.—help determine the type of coating process most suitable for use.
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What is CERAKOTE®?CERAKOTE® is a ceramic based finish that can be applied to metals, plastics, polymers and wood. The unique formulation used for CERAKOTE® ceramic coating enhances a number of physical performance properties including: Abrasion and Wear Resistance Corrosion Resistance Chemical Resistance Impact Resistance Hardness Each of these properties is rigorously tested to guarantee that CERAKOTE® products remain at the forefront of the ceramic coatings market. CERAKOTE®ceramic coatings utilize state-of-the-art technology to out-perform any competitive coating in both laboratory settings and real world applications.
Will CERAKOTE® rust?The greatest threat to firearms is rust. CERAKOTE® prevents rust exponentially better than any other firearms finish on the market. When subjected to salt chamber testing against other firearms finishes, CERAKOTE® outperformed every other finish by leaps and bounds. CERAKOTE® Elite Series lasted nearly 3000 hours in the chamber before it showed any signs of rust. By contrast, basic bluing lasted less than 24 hours.
Will CERAKOTE® wear off?As with all finishes, CERAKOTE® will wear over time if it is subjected to regular use. What sets CERAKOTE® apart from every other finish on the market is not that it is impervious to wear, it is that CERAKOTE® resist wear far better than its competitors; hundreds of times better to be more specific.