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 3rd PaintExpo: 13 through 16 April 2010 in Karlsruhe, Germany
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Welcome to Lirpa TS1  Bluetooth Powder applicator
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Introducing IPC - Lirpa TS1 (BETA), A  hardware and software combo pack which will replace the conventional powder coating applicator.
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UN launches independent review of climate panel United Nations
The United Nations today launched an independent review of the
pachauri2Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which has come under much criticism in the recent months.

The decision was announced by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and IPCC chair Rajendra Pachauri in the wake of a report by the body which erroneously claimed that Himalayan glaciers would melt away by 2035.

"... We need to ensure full transparency, accuracy and objectivity and minimise the potential of any error going forward. I have initiated in tandem with the head of the IPCC a comprehensive independent review of the IPCC's procedures and processes," Ban told reporters here.

"This review will be conducted by the InterAcademy will be done completely independent of the United Nations," he said.

The InterAcademy Council (IAC) is a multinational organisation of science academies crated to produce reports on scientific, technological and health issues.

"The IAC is ready to take on the challenge of the review of the IPCC. Our goal will be to ensure nations around the world that they will receive sound scientific advice on climate science with which governments and citizens alike can make informed decisions," IAC co-chair Robbert Dijkgraaf said.

The 2007 report of the IPCC erroneously claimed that the Himalayan glaciers would melt away by 2035. The error has also been attributed to a typographical error with the words 2035 appearing instead of 2350.<more>
In January India Today reported  "US senator ask Pachauti to quit" TERI continues with its green mission with a golf course

Asian Paints says products carry lead-free guarantee
Asian Paints says products carry lead-free guarantee
Asian Paints Lanka, the owner of a multi-brand portfolio of standard and specialised paints, has announced that its products in Sri Lanka are now covered by a lead-free guarantee, following a global Green initiative begun by the India-headquartered coatings giant.

The company said it had progressively moved out of paint formulations that contain lead and other potentially toxic heavy metals and switched to organic pigments in the manufacture of its products. <more>

BASF sets up technical center for eco-friendly car coatings
Seoul, Korea – March 12, 2010 – BASF establishes a technical center for developing advanced eco-friendly coatings technologies for the automotive industry in Korea. BASF and the Gyeonggi Provincial Government of the Republic of Korea (GGPG) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to confirm their collaboration in constructing this center.

BASF is setting up a Coatings Technical Center at the Gyeonggi Techno Park in Ansan City, Gyeonggi Province, with the support of GGPG. In this technical center, BASF plans to conduct research and development of eco-friendly waterborne coatings for use by automotive OEMs as well as the technology for integrated coating process, which yields more cost-efficient results. GGPG pledges to provide all the necessary support required to facilitate a seamless establishment and operation.

Chemical spill suspected as Beechmont vapor cause
EPA official cites overflow from tank
Authorities suspect a chemical spill — not contaminated groundwater — caused pungent vapors that seeped into some homes in the Beechmont neighborhood last week, sending at least one person to a hospital with a diagnosis of “chemical exposure.”

Officials last week could not pinpoint the source of the problem, saying they were looking into two possibilities: a wastewater spill reported by Nuplex Resins last Monday, or groundwater under the plant that might have been contaminated.

Art Smith, the on-scene coordinator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said Monday night that the investigation points to an overflow from a tank.

In 2003, The Courier-Journal quoted residents as saying vapors had come into their homes dating back to at least 1999, when the company was known as Akzo Nobel Coatings Inc.<more>

Pompton Lakes residents begin suing DuPont over pollution
More than 350 residents of a Pompton Lakes neighborhood beset with groundwater pollution began suing DuPont and another company Thursday seeking financial damages on claims they have lost property values.

The complaints also want DuPont to provide medical monitoring of illnesses the residents say they suffered because of the contamination, and they demand that DuPont clean up the groundwater contamination under their homes.

About 50 of the complaints were filed on behalf of individual residents Thursday in state Superior Court in Passaic County by Weitz and Luxenberg, a New York law firm representing the residents.<more>

EPA orders DuPont Belle plant to take safety measures after gas leak
March 19, 2010 · The federal Environmental Protection Agency is ordering chemical giant DuPont to review environmental safety procedures at its plant in Belle. The action comes after an employee died from exposure to a toxic gas.
Phosgene gas, a chemical weapon used during World War One and now an ingredient used to make plastics and pesticides leaked from DuPont’s Belle plant in January. 32-year DuPont employee Carl “Dan” Fish was exposed to toxic gas and later died. <more>

DuPont opens platform for UAE students to promote environmental protection
DuPont, one of the leading market-driven science products and services companies, has today (March 11, 2010), launched an initiative to encourage United Arab Emirates (UAE) students to generate ideas and develop innovative solutions to address prevailing global environmental challenges. The ‘DuPont Bright Ideas Eco Challenge (DBIEC),’ is a science-based competition for university students in the UAE, organised in collaboration with Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) and ALHOSN University. <more>

Biomimetic silica encapsulation of enzymes for replacement of biocides in antifouling coatings
Current antifouling technologies for ship hulls are based on metals such as cuprous oxide and co-biocides like zinc pyrithione. Due to the persistent adverse environmental effects of these biocides, enzyme-based antifouling paints are proposed as a bio-based, non-accumulating alternative. Here, a hydrogen peroxide-producing system composed of hexose oxidase (HOX, EC, glucoamylase (GA, EC and starch is tested for the chemical and physical functionalities necessary for successful incorporation into a marine coating. The activity and stability of the enzymes in seawater was evaluated at different temperatures, and paint compatibility was assessed by measuring the distribution and activity of the enzymes incorporated into prototype coating formulations. We used a biomimetic encapsulation procedure for HOX through polyethylenimine-templated silica co-precipitation. The co-precipitation and formulation of a powder for mixing into a marine paint was performed in a one-step economical and gentle formulation process, in which silica co-precipitated HOX was combined with GA and starch to form the antifouling system. Silica co-precipitation significantly improved the stability and performance of the antifouling system in marine-like conditions. For example, encapsulation of HOX resulted in 46% higher activity at pH 8, and its stability in artificial seawater increased from retaining only 3.5% activity after 2 weeks to retaining 55% activity after 12 weeks. A coating comprising the full enzyme system released hydrogen peroxide at rates exceeding a target of 36 nmol cm-2 d-1 for 3 months in a laboratory assay, and had potential for prolonged action through incorporation in a self-polishing coating. <more>





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The learning curve starts with the first call and is not considered finished until after stringent inspection and final commissioning. The latest state of art CAD Technology accompanied with a team of skilled, well qualified and experienced engineers, combine to deliver a professional and proven solution to any application through the Design, Manufacturing process and onto the installation and final commissioning at site

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) Range of Powder Hoppers- Select from a range of the finest powder hoppers depending upon your production requirement. The 3-piece Stainless Steel Hoppers make colour change a quick and easy process. Can be used with all brand of guns. Available in 2kg, 5kg, 10kg, 25 kg capacity.

Powder Spray Nozzles- Boost your production by selecting from a wide range of powder spray nozzles which have been designed specifically for differently contoured objects. Also find a Nozzle specially made to coat Metallic Powders with the same high quality and ease as regular powders.
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   Infomercial from Paint Expo  

PaintExpo – the Meeting Place for the Coating Industry

The international coating industry will meet once again in Karlsruhe from the 13th through the 16th of April, 2010. Offerings covering all aspects of liquid painting, powder coating and coil coating will be presented more comprehensively than at any other technical trade fair worldwide. This makes it possible for companies with in-house painting facilities and job shop coaters to gain an extensive overview of the latest developments and trends for painting and coating processes, and for all of the pertinent process steps from pre-treatment right on up to inspection. 
Complete, Competent and Well Worth Your While in Any Case

About 300 exhibitors, more than at any other specialised event for coating technology, will present innovative products and target oriented services which make painting and powder coating processes more flexible, more reliable, more economical and more environmentally sound. Gather information regarding solutions with which you can hone your competitive edge and secure a competitive advantage – regardless of whether you paint or coat metals, plastics, wood, glass or other materials.
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Systems and equipment for liquid painting, powder coating and coil coating 
Application systems and spray guns
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Automation and conveyor technology
Cleaning and pre-treatment
Drying and curing
Environmental technology, air supply and exhaust air purification, water treatment,recycling and disposal
Accessories, for example covering materials and systems, hangers, filters, pumps 
Measuring and test technology, quality assurance
Paint stripping
Job-shop coatings 
Training and vocational education
Technical literature
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  Infomercial from Vijay Enterprises Pvt. Ltd

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Vijay Enterprises is a leading manufacture of powder coating materials (PCM) in India. VIJAY COAT today stands as a Reliable source of High Quality and Durable Powder Coating materials at very reasonable prices. Vijay's PCM find extensive application for industrial and other demanding applications. Vijay enterprises was incorporated in 1995 with a view to supplying quality PCMs to Indian industry. Vijay's manufacturing set up is equipped with best machines from M/s Buss AG Switzerland who are world's largest manufacturer of Powder Coating Machines. Vijay has now established itself and earned a name for its quality supplies and prompt delivery at very economic prices. VIJAY has multi-locational production facilities near Ahmedabad in western India and at Silvassa in the U T of Dadra & Nagar Haveli, 200 Kms off Mumbai. This makes it a competitive source of PCMs to all customers. 

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3M claims DuPont is violating patent
Manufacturer seeks payment for use of process to apply nonstick coating free of harmful acid

For years, 3M Co. supplied DuPont with a chemical used to make Teflon, the nonstick substance used on everything from pots and pans to clothing.

But the chemical that originated with 3M — perfluoro-octanoic acid, or PFOA — is now a suspected health risk. And the two industrial giants disagree on whether DuPont is playing fair with a 3M technology used to contain PFOA.

3M sued DuPont last week claiming it is failing to pay to use a patented process for making nonstick products that are largely free of PFOA. 3M's lawsuit says DuPont "continues to infringe" on the patent and has turned down repeated requests to license 3M's process.

"We have no intention of trying to stop anyone from using this technology, including DuPont," said Donna Runyon, a 3M spokeswoman. "We just want to receive fair compensation."

3M's lawsuit, filed in federal court in Minneapolis, doesn't list a dollar figure, but 3M is seeking damages and attorneys fees, plus interest.

DuPont, based in Wilmington, Del., acknowledges it is using the technology for fluoropolymer production, but it takes issue with 3M's claims of a patent violation.

"We are confident in our freedom to operate in manufacturing these products, and we will defend ourselves vigorously," said Dan Turner, a DuPont spokesman.

PFOA has been used for decades in the production of fluoropolymers, which are best known to consumers for their use in nonstick products. Fluoropolymers also are used in water-resistant <more>

Kansai Nerolac plans Rs 400 capacity ramp up
Kansai Nerolac Paints (KNP) today said it will invest Rs 400 crore over the next three years to increase its paint manufacturing capacity by 40 per cent to 2.8 lakh tonnes per annum.

KNP, in which Japan's largest paint maker Kansai Paint Company has 70 per cent stake, has five manufacturing plants - at Housr in Tamil Nadu, Jainpur in Uttar Pradesh, Perungudi in Tamil Nadu, Lote in Maharashtra and Bawal in Haryana - with a total capacity of 2 lakh tonnes per annum.

"We will invest Rs 400 crore over the next three years to increase the capacity to 2.8 lakh tonnes per annum. Out of the total investment, Rs 250 crore will be spent to introduce the industrial line in Hosur plant, which went on production last week," KNP's Managing Director H M Bharuka told PTI.

An additional Rs 150 crore would go towards increasing capacity in four other plants, he said, adding that KNP does not have any plan to set up a new plant now. <more>
Ashwin Dani is new vice president of FICCI
Ashwin Dani (67), Vice Chairman of Asian Paints Limited, has been elected as Vice President of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

He was unanimously elected at the 82nd AGM of FICCI held recently in the capital. Dani is also on the Board of Sun Pharmaceuticals Ltd, one of the leading pharmaceutical companies in the country. <more>

Paint prices likely to rise soon
Getting your house or building painted would soon become more expensive, with paint manufacturers across the country planning to raise prices by anywhere between three and five per cent. Dealers say the rise will be seen across categories in the commercial, domestic and automobile paint segments.

Market leader Asian Paints, which accounts for 70 per cent of all sales, declined to comment. But, sources say the company would increase prices of all its products with effect from next week.

"The prices are going to increase for sure, given the excise duty hike and the increase in prices of raw materials. But, no formal communication has been carried out with the dealers as of now,&" said Hemant Somani, general manager, ICI Dulux, which has been taken over by global paint giant AkzoNobel. Norway's Jotun has also planned to increase prices. "We may not have an immediate increase in prices as of now, as we are trying to absorb the increase in costs as much as we can, but in the future we may have to,&" says Lopesh Dalal, marketing head, Jotun India.

The two per cent increase in excise duty, coupled with a rise in customs duties on crude oil by 2.24 per cent, is forcing the companies to raise prices of their products, since the by-products of crude oil are used as key raw materials in the manufacturing of paint.

Analysts believe it is the customer who will bear the ultimate brunt of this increase in prices, since retailers would not be able to absorb the hike. "The paint industry, particularly the domestic paint market, is very low on margins and has a fragmented distribution. Plus, the dealers are large in number but not big on capital, so they can't absorb these costs,&" explains Purnendu Kumar, senior analyst Technopak India.

Paint companies could, however, make up for the loss in margins during the festive season."Though prices are going up, the main peak time for the paint industry in India is Diwali, and people will still get their houses painted just as much,&" says Kumar <more>

Akzo Nobel Surface Chemistry To Increase Prices in North America
CHICAGO - (Business Wire) Effective April 1, 2010, or, as contracts allow, Akzo Nobel Surface Chemistry will increase the prices of various surfactants and polymers in North America.
These increases are necessitated by the continuing escalation in raw material cost, catalyst, energy, regulatory cost, labor cost, capital reinvestment and other factors. <more>


Brenntag has opened a new warehouse in Samutprakarn Province, Thailand and inaugurated a new headquarters office in Mumbai, India.
The new headquarters in India will focus on various industry segments including Engineering Plastics, Pharma, Agro, Dyes, Food, Flavours, Coatings and Silicones. Whilst the new warehouse in Thailand, covering an area of 4,901 m², enables Brenntag the separate storage of pharmaceuticals and chemicals as well as food products. “The new warehouse here in Thailand will allow us to continue our strategy to become a full-line distributor and to further grow in the Asian Pacific market”, stated Henri Néjade, CEO Brenntag Asia Pacific.
Brenntag markets a diversified line of specialty and industrial chemicals to a wide range of industries in Thailand such as Electronics and Electrical, Automotive, Home- and Personal Care, Textile, Paper, Paints and Coatings, Tyre & Rubber, Food & Nutrition and Pharmaceuticals.<more>

Demand for Carbon Black to Reach 11.6 Million Tons
CLEVELAND - World demand for carbon black is forecast to rise 4.3 percent per year through 2013 to 11.6 million metric tons, bolstered by a healthy global rubber market over the same period. Gains will be exaggerated to some extent by the fact that growth will be rising off a relatively weak base in 2008, when a significant part of the world experienced the beginnings of recession. The vast majority of carbon black finds use as reinforcement material in vulcanized rubber goods, with over 60 percent devoted to motor-vehicle tires alone. Carbon black demand from the tire sector is projected to increase 3.7 percent per year through 2013. The non-tire-rubber carbon black market will expand 4.8 percent per year. These and other trends are presented in World Carbon Black, a new study from The Freedonia Group Inc., a Cleveland-based industry research firm. <more>

The Fiscal 2010 demand for paint by market in Japan 




Over past year
Building Materials
Steel Structures
Marine Usage
New Vehicles
Electrical Appliances
Industrial Machinery
Metallic Products
Wooden Products
DIY Usage
Road Markings



Total 1,434 101.1


Developments in Pipeline Coatings
The economic crisis has affected pipeline construction as with many other industries, because of the lack of availability of finance for new projects, and because of the drop in oil and gas prices. However, oil prices are starting to rise again in 2010 and the outlook for pipe coating is very encouraging, according to Noru Tsalic, Consultant at Applied Market Information. He was speaking at the AMI conference on Pipeline Coating held in February 2010 in Vienna, Austria.
Russia has the largest natural gas reserves and is in the top 10 for oil reserves. Transneft has 49,000 km of pipelines and Gazprom, the world's largest gas company, has 169,000 km of gas transmission systems according to Tial. The most common onshore coating in the country is polyethylene. The average pipeline lifespan is 33 years and around 34% of oil trunklines are over 30 years old, which shows the potential for market growth.

ExxonMobil is the largest global petroleum company and in 2007 it was producing the equivalent of 4.2 million barrels of oil per day with 7 new upstream projects. Michael Surkein of the Development division has reviewed pipe coatings. Fusion bonded epoxy (FBE) is used up to 95C, with 3-layer polyethylene up to 80C and 3-layer polypropylene up to 110C (commonly used subsea). Polyurethane is sometimes added for insulation and compatibility with the polyolefin coating then becomes an issue. The company looks at aspects such as handling, cathodic disbondment and the ease of field joint coating.

FBE is the main pipe coating in North America and ANZAC, whereas polyolefins predominate in Western Europe, North Africa, Russia and South America. Canusa-CPS is working on improved coating systems, for example, the PP preheat temperature in the new GTS-PP is down to 160C, with an improved operating temperature rating of 140C.

Salzgitter Mannesmann Forschung is a leading pipe coater. Chromium ions are used for pre- treatment for FBE coatings, but this process may be banned as it is very toxic. The company has recently studied alternative adhesion promoters including epoxysilane and aminosilane, Ti and phosphating. It is proving difficult to match the performance of chromating. <more>

Robots boost efficiency in powder coating
ABB says its robots have helped Electrolux reduce the emissions at its manufacturing plant in Dudley Park, South Australia.

The company installed a fully automated and flexible powder coating facility for oven and grill cavities at the plant, replacing a wet enamel flow-coating process.

The new process consists of a four stage ceramic powder coating line in which different sized and orientated oven and grill cavities are suspended from a moving, overhead transfer conveyor.

An IRC5 controller monitors the conveyor’s process and identifies the orientation and differences in the oven cavities and grill boxes.

Four ABB IRB 2400 six-axis robots, equipped with a ceramic powder coating nozzle system, operate in conjunction with the conveyor. Using the information from the controller, they move to the precise position to apply the appropriate powder pattern. <more>

AkzoNobel Coatings to Protect Oakland Bay Bridge
AkzoNobel's International Paint is the sole supplier of protective coatings for the overhaul of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge

Sherwin-Williams to Acquire Sayerlack Wood Coatings
The Sherwin-Williams Co. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the Industrial Wood Coatings business of Arch Chemicals

Benjamin Moore Tells Painting Contractors
"Yes, There's an App for That"
(MONTVALE, NJ— FEBRUARY, 2010) -- Benjamin Moore stirred tremendous buzz with the introduction of an iPhone application that, since its availability last May, has been downloaded by more than 100,000 people who can snap a picture of any color inspiration and instantly match it to one of the more than 3,300 hues comprising Benjamin Moore’s color system. Now, painting contractors and designers have a Benjamin Moore iPhone app all their own.

The Benjamin Moore ProConnection iPhone app allows a contractor or designer to store vital client information on an iPhone, including names and contact details, before and after photos of a project, and other data that can aid in creating an on-the-go sales proposal and presentation. It is equipped, as well, with a GPS, which can often be a time-saver in finding a job site. Most importantly, there is instant connectivity to Benjamin Moore’s color collections and product information.

“Benjamin Moore has been diligent in harnessing the latest digital technology to help painting contractors and designers operate their businesses more efficiently and effectively,” said Nick Harris, Benjamin Moore Senior Manager, Marketing Communications. “The ProConnection iPhone app is one more innovation we’ve developed that they can add to their tool boxes. Moreover, it’s a free download, which makes it especially attractive.”  <more>

ICI Paints AkzoNobel takes PPG to court
Paint manufacturer ICI Paints AkzoNobel has launched legal proceedings against PPG Architectural Coatings Limited following Johnstone's Paints ongoing 'No. 1' advertising campaign.

The campaign, which draws direct comparisons between the Dulux Trade portfolio and PPG's Johnstone's Trade range, will be challenged by ICI Paints AkzoNobel's legal team in relation to the claims contained within the advertisements. ICI Paints AkzoNobel believes these claims to be misleading and unlawful.

Dr Steve Snaith, trade marketing director at Dulux Trade, said: "ICI Paints AkzoNobel is instigating legal proceedings in the High Court against PPG in relation to claims made in its current advertising campaign. We feel that we can no longer ignore this activity, as it is in danger of causing confusion in the market place and damaging our brand, in which we have tirelessly invested <more>

Ashok Leyland Pantnagar plant inauguration today by Pokhriyal and Deshmukh
Hinduja group flagship company Ashok Leyland today launched their Pantnagar plant with trend-setting technologies. Set over 190 scenic acres, the Pantnagar plant of Ashok Leyland is also its largest manufacturing facility. 200,000 of built up area houses one of the most integrated manufacturing facilities in Indian commercial vehicle industry. Best in class industrial architecture combined with the latest manufacturing technologies has created a truly modern facility that is also ecology sensitive as reflected in the selection of machinery and processes.
Frame painting
Powder coating instead of conventional liquid painting eliminates hazardous pollutants while bestowing high corrosion resistance to withstand well over 500 hours of salt spray bath. The change of technology also ensures zero wastage of paint.
Cab painting
The CED coating system is led / tin free, employing robotics and reducing paint wastage. While propane gas cuts atmospheric pollution, the camel back type baking ovens reduces fuel consumption and heat dissipation. All material movement is automated to enhance operational safety and output quality  <more> <more2>

Jotun to spread wings
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"Ask Joe Powder" is a question and answer column authored by Kevin Biller of the Powder Coating Research Group. Mr. Biller has over 30 years experience formulating and manufacturing powder coatings. He welcomes your questions regarding powder coating technology. Please write to:

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Hello Joe,

I read your article about out gassing on zinc die castings. I have a few questions about this, if I could.
- Does this happen with aluminum die castings as well?
- What is the result of the out gassing, I envision a little "crater" on the surface of the part.
- You recommend driving the part temperature above the powder cure temperature which is typically 400 degrees F. How much higher than the cure temperature should you take the part to and for how long; i.e.: is there a recommended soak time at the elevated temperature?

Thanks for the help Joe,

Mike Blumberg

Hello Mike,

Yes this phenomenon occurs with aluminum castings as well as zinc die cast parts. My experience has been that the aluminum castings generally have less porosity than the zinc ones and hence less outgassing issues. As for the pre-bake - a long soak is not needed. Getting the part up to a temperature slightly above the powder cure temperature is sufficient. Using a lower temperature cure powder would help a lot. I suggest trying a 325F bake product. They offer a reasonable compromise of lower energy requirement without a serious concern for storage stability. Powders that cure at sub-300F temperatures usually require more careful handling and have shorter shelf life.

Let me know if this solves your problem.

Best Regards,

Joe Powder


We do auto restoration and are asked to provide high shine, chrome like powder for parts like intake manifolds, wheels, etc. What is the brand and number of the brightest powder that you are aware of? We have been using a "Tiger" product with a clear coat - the clear protects the base from oxidation. The clear knocks the shine down significantly. Are there any techniques on applying clear that would help?

Thank you,
J. Michael King

Dear Mike,

Finding a chrome-look seems to be the Holy Grail in powder coating technology. All of us powder coating formulators have the same aluminum flakes available to create a shiny chrome-like (not chrome-look) powder. We use leafing aluminums to provide the patina-like sheen, but we have never approached the brightness of a plated surface.

Using a clearcoat however should enhance the brightness not diminish it. It's important to marry the clearcoat with the silver metallic basecoat. Using the same chemistry is a good start. It's also wise to fully cure the basecoat before applying the clearcoat. Any movement or emission of volatiles from the basecoat due to undercure will reduce the clarity and brightness of the clearcoat. It's also vital to provide the highest smoothness of the basecoat otherwise the clearcoat will mirror the texture of the basecoat. Getting a smooth basecoat means (1) using a smooth powder to begin with, (2) applying the recommended thickness - too thin will create texture and (3) laying down an even coat - avoid electrostatic "pop-off" by moderate gun voltage and distance to the part.

The same care taken with applying the basecoat applies to laying down the clear topcoat. One very important issue is to ensure that you have a very good ground (earth) to the part you are coating. This is especially important when applying a powder to an already coated part. Poor grounding will result in uneven and thin deposition of powder. It is wise to reduce the current and kV's so you don't build up too much charge on the part surface. Too much charge causes back-ionization and the physical "pop-off" of powder. This reduces the smoothness and brightness of the finish.

As for recommending a supplier of the brightest chrome-like finish - I think most powder suppliers have comparable technology.

There is a technology recently pioneered that provides a chrome-like finish using powder coating. At least three companies use it. It consists of a multi-layer process beginning with a very smooth powder basecoat which is cured completely. The coated part is then introduced into a vacuum metallizing chamber which deposits an extremely thin layer of metal - typically aluminum. This aluminum layer is incredibly bright but will oxidize and lose brightness within minutes. Consequently the next step is the application of a very smooth powder clearcoat typically an automotive grade acrylic. This creates the closest approximation to a chrome finish using a powder.

Let me know if you have any more questions.

Best Regards,

Joe Powder


We refurbish a large volume of metal parts that have dents in them. I think we have tried most if not all the high temperature fillers, with poor results. These fillers are very expensive and have adhesion problems and bubbles forming in the finished coating. We have used "Thermobond-3", "High Temp Lab-Metal", etc. We have had best results using "All-Metal" a high metal content, regular temp. body filler. We use thin coats allowing 24 hours to dry between coats and the we cure it out around 275 Deg.F. This is O.K. but it expensive and very time consuming.

Are you aware of any products or techniques that will help us?

Thank you,
Mike King


Repairing dents in parts can be a nightmare. And I agree most high temperature fillers don't always work. Here's what I would do. Apply the filler as recommended by the filler manufacturer. They usually want you to apply no more than a quarter inch (6mm) at a time then let the material air-dry for 24 hrs. They then recommend curing the material before coating or applying another layer. I would bake the material at a relatively high temperature to drive out any volatiles that may be present in the filler. 425F (218C) for 1 hour is where I would start.

Alternately you can try the lower temperature fillers however I would only use something that is cured at a temperature higher than the powder I subsequently would be applying.

Let me know if this helps.

Best Regards,

Joe Powder

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