Powder Coat Motorcycles

There are many companies that can Powder coat motor cycles. The advantage of using their services is that they offer professional results. powder coating requires highly controlled application and curing of the powder. It involves use of special equipment, tools and appliances. The end result is impressive. The colour and finish last long. The result of it compared to the other paints is better in many ways. All parts of the motorcycle that require painting are first disassembled. Each item is prepared and painted separately for the best result.

Extra information about Powder coat motor cycles

Preparing the Metal

A good quality coating can be ensured only when the metal is prepared properly. Most of the coating failures are due to the ineffective preparation. Oil, grease, dust and debris must be removed from the metal object. Heavy oxides are removed using the surface etching process. Further cleaning and preparation process are used as required. It depends on the type of metal and its condition. In case of the steel, the metal part is first cleaned and then rinsed. In the next step, the rust is removed and then the part is rinsed again. It is put through an acid rinse process to remove all traces of rust and other contaminants. Zinc phosphating, iron phosphating and grain refiner are some other techniques used at his step. The type of chemical used for neutralising the surface depends on the type of metal. In the last step, the part is demineralised to remove the chemical salts. It improves adhesion of the powder to the metal part.

Electrostatic Spray

Once the metal is prepared properly, the powder is applied with the help of an electrostatic spray gun. The powder is fluidised before it is passed through the gun. It separates the grains of the powder and improves the electrostatic charge applied to the powder. It ensures the powder flows freely through the gun. The electrostatic charged powder particles stick to the metal part. The powder sticks to the part as long as there is electrostatic charge.

Oven Cure

The metal part is then placed in an oven for melting, flowing and curing the powder. It is heated to 160-210 degrees centigrade temperature depending on the type of the powder. In the oven, the powder goes through the curing process. It first melts, then flows, then gels, and finally cures into a solid, abrasion resistant and tough coat. It has a continuous flow. Whether it achieves gloss or matte finish depends on the type of powder used.

Why Use Powder Coating for Motorcycle Parts?

It offers a hard, long lasting and abrasion resistant coat. The powder for this purpose can be ordered in an unlimited number of colours. The powder colour and finish are determined at the powder manufacturing facility based on the customer's instruction and cannot be changed once the ordered powder has been shipped. The coating thickness can be increased or decreased as required. For interior applications, 25 micron minimum thickness of the coat is recommended. In case of exterior applications, minimum 60 micron thickness is recommended. In some cases, full coverage can be achieved only after 75-80 micron thickness.

Unlike conventional paint films, powder coating does not peel, chip or crack easily. The popularity of powder coating in the automotive sector has been growing. It has gained good reputation due to its robust adhesion to the base metal, corrosion resistance and smooth texture.