Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: How long have you been in business?
 

A: Forty two years.
 

Q: What is Powder Coating?
 

A: Powder coating is a type of coating that is applied as a free-flowing dry powder. It looks very much like copier toner and is finely ground plastic particles of filler, resins, pigments and hardeners. The main difference between a conventional liquid paint and a powder coating is that powder coating does not require a solvent to keep the binder and filler parts in a liquid suspension form. Powder coating is used mainly for coating of metals such as aluminum, steel and other alloy. Powder coating can also coat plastic and other types of substrates, so don’t be afraid to ask.
 

Q: What is the powder coating process?
 

A: The powder coating process involves three basic steps:
 

1. Part preparation or the pre-treatment (see our Gallery page)
2. The powder application
3. Curing of the piece
 

Q: How is powder coating applied?
 

A: The coating is typically applied electro statically and is then cured under heat to allow it to flow and form a “skin”. The powder may be a thermoplastic or a thermoset polymer. It is usually used to create a hard finish that is tougher than conventional paint.
 

Q: What role does sandblasting play in powder coating?
 

A: Sandblasting provides the appropriate etching and promotes adhesion for a strong and durable finish.
 

Q: What is the application process?
 

A: The most common way of applying powder coatings is to spray the powder using an electrostatic gun. The gun imparts a positive electric charge on the powder. It is then sprayed towards the grounded object by mechanical or compressed air and then accelerated toward the work piece by the powerful electrostatic charge. The object is then heated. The powder melts into a uniform film and is then cooled to form a hard coating. It is common to heat the metal first and spray the powder onto the hot substrate. Preheating can help to achieve a more uniform finish.
 

Q: What can be powder coated?
 

A: Almost anything can be powder coated. However painting is another option that ECP offers. Call us with your specific need.
 

Q: How long does it take to cure?
 

A: Depending on the metal thickness determines the amount of time the piece needs to “bake”. The average temperature is 400 degrees for approximately 30 minutes. The curing schedule can also vary depending on the manufacturer’s powder specifications.
 

Q: Can power coating be removed?
 

A: Yes, powder coating can be removed with abrasive blasting or chemical strippers
 

Q: Do we need to make an appointment?
 

A: No, while it would be nice to know you are coming, no appointment is needed to visit our facility. We welcome anyone that has an interest. A personalized tour is excellent way to understand the process and instill confidence that the job will get done right the first time. We are always ready for inspection.
 

Q: Do you offer outside appointments?
 

A: Yes. Give us a call.
 

Q: In order to receive a quote do I need to bring in what I want to be powder coated, painted or screen printed?
 

A: No, you do not. But we recommend bringing the item in so we can pay attention to the details that could be missed by not seeing it in person.
 

Q: When will I receive a quote?
 

A: Most likely on the phone or within a few hours.
 

Q: Can I call to check on the progress of the job?
 

A: Yes at any time.
 

Q: Do you powder coat one piece?
 

A: Yes, from one piece to one million pieces.
 

Q: What are your terms?
 

A: Cash, check or credit card. You can also be set-up as a business account.
 

Q: Do you have pick-up and delivery service available?
 

A: Yes.