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Dupont Asbestos Confession
Dupont Asbestos Confession

Philadelphia, PA: The Dupont Corporation's days are likely numbered, after its corporate representative admitted in a New Jersey court that DuPont knew by the 1930s that asbestos could cause health problems, and was aware of its link to lung cancer and asbestos mesothelioma by the 1950s. DuPont used asbestos in its factories and other facilities for decades.

Judith Stadler was named as a representative for the one of the world's largest chemical companies to testify before the court with the purpose of investigating the existence and depth of DuPont's knowledge concerning the dangers of asbestos as well as what it did or did not do to protect workers. Some of the company's internal communications from the 1960s show that DuPont management knew about the risks of asbestos exposure but chose to hide the information from its workers and the public.

Although Dupont did not manufacture asbestos products, it did use materials containing asbestos in its chemical plants for countertops, lab equipment (such as Bunsen burner pads), and protective heat- and chemical-resistant clothing. Attorneys for the plaintiffs estimate that thousands of Dupont employees or employees of contractors could have been exposed to asbestos in the past decades.

As part of a huge class action lawsuit against DuPont Chemical, plaintiffs claim that DuPont management was aware of asbestos dangers as early as 1940, but chose to conceal that information instead of instituting policies that would have protected workers’ health.

Willis Whisnant Jr., who worked at Dupont as a pipefitter in 1966, died from mesothelioma in 1999. After his death, his family joined the class action suit, claiming that DuPont negligently and maliciously exposed workers to asbestos when the company knew asbestos dust and fibers  created health hazards.<more>

Asbestos exposure led to death of Runcorn ICI worker
A MAN who died from asbestos poisoning after working at industrial company ICI had been told his period of exposure was ‘not life threatening’.

An inquest heard on Thursday how Harold Smith, of Halton Lodge, Runcorn was exposed to asbestos throughout his working life, which ultimately led to his death.

Mr Smith began working at ICI Pilkington in 1946 after leaving school. He worked for the company during which time he worked around pipes containing asbestos on a regular basis.

In a life statement read out to the court, Mr Smith recalled working in various plants and factories. Labourers would leave asbestos lying around on the floor and workers would then ‘throw it around like snow balls’.

He would assist the labourers to lag pipes, causing more asbestos to become airborne. <more>

Greenpeace protests DuPont chemical use

The environmental group Greenpeace sent a blimp over Delaware and nearby New Jersey this morning as part of a worldwide campaign to eliminate toxic chemicals.

The blimp was tracing what on-the-ground advocates said was the possible path of hazardous chlorine gas that could spill from DuPont Co. plants nearby.

The blimp, launched by Greenpeace pilots at New Castle Airport, passed over the park and DuPont’s Edge Moor plant, crossed the river, circled DuPont’s Chambers Works and retraced its path.

Greenpeace leaders say the airship was sent to focus public attention on the riverside plants’ hazards and a long-running federal debate over chemical plant safety and disputed proposals that could require use of safer chemicals or processes. <more>

OSHA Issues Data on Chemical Exposure

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the release of 15 years of data providing details of workplace exposure to toxic chemicals.

The data is comprised of measurements taken by OSHA compliance officers during the course of inspections, and includes exposure levels to hazardous chemicals including asbestos, benzene, beryllium, cadmium, lead, nickel, silica, and others.

The data offer insights into the levels of toxic chemicals commonly found in workplaces, as well as insights into how chemical exposure levels to specific chemicals are distributed across industries, geographical areas, and time, OSHA said.

“We believe this information, in the hands of informed, key stakeholders, will ultimately lead to a more robust and focused debate on what still needs to be done to protect workers in all sectors, especially in the chemical industry,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Dr. David Michaels.

With an understanding of these data and their limitations, it can be combined with other related data to target further research into occupational hazards and illness, OSHA said. In addition to the raw data, OSHA said it will soon make available an online search tool allowing public access to the information. <more>

AAMA Encourages Congress to Approve One-Year Delay on EPA's Lead Rule
SCHAUMBURG, ILL. -- The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and its members continue voicing their support to delay implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (LRRP). Although the new rule took effect on April 22, government leaders are reviewing legislation introduced on April 29 that would postpone implementation until accreditation classes are held for a period of at least one year.

"It is fair and logical that remodeling contractors need time to gain the proper training and certification so that they can comply with these new requirements," says Janice Charletta, AAMA association services director. "The proposed one-year delay also will give the EPA more time to adequately prepare for full implementation and to fully inform U.S. homeowners of the impending requirements." <more>

DuPont and Tate & Lyle expanding Tennessee bioplastics plant
LOUDON, TENN. (Updated May 5, 4:05 p.m. ET) -- The bioplastics movement continues to roll ahead, with DuPont Co. and Tate & Lyle announcing a 35 percent capacity increase at their Bio-PDO resin plant in Loudon, Tenn., by the middle of 2011.

Construction of the expansion is set to begin next month, officials with Wilmington, Del.-based DuPont and Tate & Lyle of London said in a May 4 news release. The project is expected to create 130 temporary construction jobs and a small number of permanent jobs, according to DuPont spokeswoman Michelle Reardon.

“We had record sales last year and are already anticipating the need for additional capacity after just three years of operation,” DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products LLC President Steve Mirshak said in the release. “This expansion is proof that cutting-edge industrial biotechnology can deliver products that meet the needs of industry and consumers while contributing to a smaller environmental footprint.”

DuPont Applied BioSciences President Craig F. Binetti added that the expansion “is an important milestone in how superior performing, cost-effective products, which reduce reliance on fossil fuels, are creating a viable bio-based business.”






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  Zinc-Aluminium Flake Coating  
 Water reducible Non-Electrolytically applied Zinc-Aluminium Flake Coating: (Part II)

Contributed by Kalyan Dhakane and Digamber Dhake

What Coating thickness is applied?
Generally, the coating thickness ranges from 5-15 microns. The corrosion resistance can be achieved over 1000 hours by ASTM B117 in Salt Spray test; The results of corrosion depends up on the shape and geometry of the parts.

Water Soluble Polymet™ Coating Technology
Premium products Inc., USA has developed water based coating for threaded hardware and metal parts in Automotive and engineering construction and it offers direct cost saving by not using solvents compare to other solvent based products. These water based coatings are environmental friendly, Low VOC, HAP free, Hazardous (declarable by ELV) substances free and best suitable for tough climatic/weather conditions.

Polymet™ Base Coat & Polymet-Seal™ Sealer top Coats:
The base coats can be applied separately or with Sealer top coat combination according to various color and friction requirements. The coating offers Chrome (VI) free surfaces with  Zinc-Aluminum flake based silver grey appearance and meets WEE, RoHS & ELV legislation for not using six declarable substances in coating formulation.
The coating is single pack system which gives easy to use & suitable for various climates and reduces costs of rejection by not having risk of jellifying process. The water based coatings are normally non flammable, Easy water cleanup, Low Odor, Environmental friendly and low Curing temperature compares to other products around 200 deg c. This coating has a ability to recoat and better adhesion with sealer top coats. The sealer top coats are water based thermosetting corslinked system organic or inorganic type with variety of colors like Silver, Black, Blue, Red & White etc. which improves mproves the SST life, UV resistance, resistance to automotive fluids and improves or stabilize the Co-efficient of friction values for threaded parts during assembly.

Aquazinc™-Single coat system:
The Aquazinc is made by -Al. flake, water borne one coat system, Silver grey in appearance. This coating is integrated with lubricants and do not need of additional top coat to adjust the friction values for threaded hardware parts and Fasteners.

Single coating system applied by 2 times or as required by dip spin coating and one coat by Spray. It is economical application due to no change in coating chemical for 2nd coating  cycle. The single coat water based coating is best suitable for Red Rust 240 hours and could be Replacement for Zinc Plating!

Main Characteristics of Polymet™ Zinc flake coating:
The first and important characteristic of Polymet™ coating is higher corrosion protection in comparison with electrolytically deposited zinc or zinc alloys. With uniform application of  coating layer by advanced application techniques, 720 hours SST can be achieved with even lower thickness like 8-10 microns and the coating is very suitable for spring steel and high strength steel parts. Other properties are:

Water soluble: Low VOC
Sacrificial behavior
Heat resistance of 150 deg c by organic and 200 deg by Inorganic sealer top coats.
Free from Hydrogen Embrittelment
Protection of various corrosions
Anti Freezing in cold climates
High Chemical resistance
Improved Wear resistance
Colored sealer top coats for aesthetic and sorting
Possible to adjust the required Co-efficient of friction
No hydrogen Embrittelment stress cracking of high strength metal parts

Modes of Corrosion Protection
There are three primary modes of corrosion protection and high performance protective coatings generally use all three in synergistic combination to achieve superior protection.

Barrier Protection is the simplest form of corrosion protection. An impermeable coating over a corrodible substrate prevents environmental factors from attacking the base metal. Unfortunately, if the coating is damaged, the substrate will begin corroding and the protective coating will lift off along the edges of the damaged area. In addition, no coatings are truly impenetrable; many coatings have a high water transmission rate, allowing water to penetrate through the coating, thus allowing corrosion.

Sacrificial Protection is the application of a ‘sacrificial’ metal (i.e., one that is more active or higher in the electromotive force series) to the substrate. This more active metal then sacrifices itself to protect the less active metal. Thus, for example, zinc, aluminium coatings will protect steel.

Zinc coatings may be applied as components of protective coatings, by electrodeposition, by mechanical deposition, by hot-dip processes, and in many other ways; aluminium, by virtue of its’ reactivity, cannot be commercially applied Electrolytically, but it may be applied in many other ways like non Electrolytically applied dip spin coating techniques.
Inhibitive Protection is the incorporation of an inhibitive agent in the coating. Inhibitive agents prevent corrosion by migrating to the molecular corrosion site and intervening in the corrosion mechanism.

Salt Spray Protection by Polymet™
Because these coatings last for years under environmental conditions, accelerated testing procedures are used to evaluate coatings. The most common test is the ASTM B-117 Salt Spray (or Salt Fog) test. In this test, the parts to be tested are exposed to a mist of 5% sodium chloride at 950 F. When red rust is evident the part is deemed to have failed. While zinc plating or phosphate and oil generally provide protection in the 50 hour to 200 hour range, some of these products are able to achieve protection in excess of 1000 hours of salt spray protection.

Various Corrosion Protections by Polymet™ coatings:
The Polymet™ coating protects substrate from various corrosion forms
listed below:

Group 1 - readily identifiable by ordinary visual examination
Uniform corrosion
Crevice corrosion
crevice model
pack rust
Galvanic corrosion
Lamellar corrosion
Group 2 - may require supplementary means of examination
Erosion corrosion
Fretting corrosion
Intergranular corrosion
Dealloying (selective leaching)
Group 3 - Verification is required by microscopy (optical, electron etc.)
Environmental cracking
Stress Corrosion Cracking (SCC)
Corrosion fatigue
Hydrogen embrittlement

Applied References for
ISO10683: Non-Electrolytically applied zinc aluminum flake coating standard is referred worldwide by coaters and end users for specifying the requirements and test procedures.
Touch with Environment
No Declarable Substances
Polymet-Seal and Aquazinc coating
• No Chrome VI
• No Chrome IV
• Cadmium
• Lead
• MoS2
• Cyanide
• Cobalt
• Nickel
• Barium
• Mercury
• PBDE and PBB
EC Directive 2000/53/EC:
ELV – End of Life Vehicles Directive  This directive regulates material recycling of motor vehicles in the European Union. Since 01.July 2007 it contains prohibitions of different substances like heavy metals  and chromium VI.
Thus, materials and components of vehicles must n
chromium VI. This directive shall increase the recycling
EC Directive 2002/95/EC:
RoHS - Restriction of the use
electronic equipment
This directive restricts the use of six hazardous materials in the production of various
types of electronic and electrical equipment.
These hazardous materials are:
Hexavalent chromium
Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB)
Polybrominated diphenly ether (PBDE)

Application technology for
Surface Preparation Polymet™
Optimum effectiveness of high performance protective coatings is highly dependent on the
preparation of the surface prior to application of the coating formulation.
Polymet™ Coating:
on metal parts. This
in Polymet,
ehicles not contain the harzadous
recycling- and recovery rate.
restriction of certain hazardous substances in electrical and PBDE)
Superior results are achieved when the items to be coated are first degreased (using, preferably, conventional alkaline degreasing - although solvent based processes can also be used) and then blasted with an abrasive such as silica, steel grit, or alumina to achieve a surface profile that provides optimum performance and adhesion. In general, the best performance is achieved when the surface preparation is a ‘white metal blast.’
Oil Cleaning-Degreasing: Environmental friendly Alkaline or Solvent base oil cleaning is recommended to use, It is applicable to all metal parts. Good oil cleaning is also enough as a pre-treatment for some parts. No acid cleaning for parts having 32 HRC or higher hardness and spring steel to avoid hydrogen embrittlement.
Phosphate (as for example, zinc phosphate or iron phosphate) is often used as a surface preparation for coatings; it is inexpensive and relatively foolproof. The primary disadvantage of phosphate coatings is that they are non-conductive. Nearly all high performance protective coatings rely on sacrificial action to achieve a high level of protection; the traditional view is that having a non-conductive intermediate coating interferes with the efficacy of the coating; this view has disappeared somewhat over the past decade or so.
Shot Blasting: For high strength steels (10.9 grade and above or hardness >32 HRC), Shot blasting is preferred, since Phosphate treatment may lead to Hydrogen Embrittlement, so it is not recommended for spring steel and high strength steel.
Application Techniques
Polymet™ Polymet-Seal™ Aquazinc™ products can be applied with non Electrolytically applied Dip Spin coating techniques for mass produced hardware parts and by spray application with or without electrostatic for larger metal parts.
Dip spin coating process whereby product is placed in a mesh basket, submerged in coating solution and spun to remove the excess coating. The temperature and viscosity of the coating, immersion time, spin direction and velocities and the cure method are among the variables that allow users to customize a process recipe and achieve precise, highly repeatable results.
Polymerisation Cycle
The coated parts need to cure at around 200 deg c for polymerisation and cross linking of added polymers before the coating is functional. The SST results and other chemical related properties vary if the baking cycle is not being performed properly.
Fields of Application
Motor cycles/Three Wheelers/Passenger cars/Commercial Vehicles/Farm Equipments/
Tractors/ Earth moving equipments

- Fasteners, Bolts, Nuts, Rivets, Screws and other threaded hardware parts.
- Springs, Spring Steel Parts, Clips, Clamps, Brackets and other stamping parts
- Brake Disc, Brake Drum, Brake Rotors
Wind Turbine Industry
- Blade assembly Bolts, Nasal assembly Bolts, Tower Construction Bolts and
Foundation Bolts
- Springs, Spring Steel Parts, Clips, Clamps, Brackets and other stamping parts
- Bolts, Washers, Spring tension Clamps, Sleeper Screws, Crossing Bolts, Fish Bolts,
Holding Bolts

Energy and infrastructure/Chemical Processing Industry/Marine Industry/ Petroleum &
Gas Industry/ Replacement of Electroplating and Hot Dip Galvanizing

- High tensile Fasteners, Fasteners, Bolts, Nuts, Rivets, Screws and other threaded
connecting hardware parts.
- Spring Steel Parts, Clips, Clamps, Brackets and other stamping parts





Nerolac introduces Heat Guard Technology
Heat guard technology has a property to reduce the temperature of the interiors by up to 5C as compared to normal exterior cement paints.

Kansai Nerolac Paints Ltd, has done product improvement in its premium exterior emulsion Nerolac Excel Total. Nerolac has come with a new offer Heat Guard technology. It is specially designed for application in extreme tropical conditions of humidity and heat.

Heat guard technology has a property to reduce the temperature of the interiors by up to 5C as compared to normal exterior cement paints. So by using Excel total the consumers can get the interior temperature down and also save electricity over a period of time. Besides this the product now has lower VOC content as compared to other exterior paints. <more>

Powder Coatings Launches Interpon A Range

AkzoNobel, the world’s leading automotive powder paint supplier has launched Interpon A, which brings together the company’s range of automotive powders into one clear and comprehensive global collection.

Interpon A’s global standardization allows customers to quickly identify products from one of six ranges—underhood/body, interior trim, exterior trim, alloy wheels, powered wheels and body shell. Within each range, products are broken down into more specific categories which detail, for example, their performance capabilities, energy requirements, color range and approved manufacturers.

“This makes our range much more transparent,” said Oscar Wezenbeek, AkzoNobel’s global automotive director. “Customers can see at a glance the benefits of individual products, which car manufacturers use them and even how we can help them improve their carbon footprint.” <more>

AkzoNobel to Add New Plant at Ningbo Site in China
AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands - AkzoNobel is planning to build an additional plant at its Ningbo multi-site for its Functional Chemicals business. The new EUR 17 million project, part of a total investment of EUR 275 million, will further expand the company’s rapidly growing organic peroxides activities.

Production of chelates has already started at the location, while new ethylene amines and ethylene oxide factories are also due to come on stream later this year. The new unit is expected to be operational in late 2011.

Kansai Nerolac's net up 68.9 pc to Rs 33.9 cr in Q4
MUMBAI: Paints and varnish manufacturer Kansai Nerolac Paints Ltd today said net profit grew 68.92 per cent to Rs 33.92 crore in the quarter ended
March 31, 2010, compared to the corresponding period a year ago.

The board of directors has approved a bonus issue in the ratio of 1:1, Kansai Nerolac Paints said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange.

Total income jumped to Rs 424.13 crore in the quarter under review from Rs 313.92 crore in the same period last year, the statement said.

For the year ended March 31, 2010, net profit rose to Rs 165.50 crore from Rs 98.59 crore in the last fiscal, it said.

Total income increased to Rs 1,707.41 crore in the year under review from Rs 1,375.63 crore in the previous year.

The board also recommended a dividend of Rs 15 per share on the paid-up equity capital of the company for the year 2009-10.

The board recommended the issuance of a bonus share for each one held by the existing shareholders, it said.

The record date for the issue of bonus shares would be determined after obtaining approval of the shareholders at the annual general meeting, it said. The AGM is scheduled to be held on June 17.

The Hosur unit of the company commenced production in the quarter under review.

The board has announced an additional outlay of Rs 230 crore towards expansion of Hosur facility. <more>

Berger Paints net rises 31 percent in Q4
Kolkata, May 15 (IANS) Berger Paints India posted profit after tax (PAT) of Rs.28.17 crore in the January-March quarter of 2009-10 against Rs.21.49 crore in the corresponding period a year ago, a company statement said Saturday.
The PAT grew by 31 percent.

During the quarter, net sales were at Rs.434.5 crore against Rs.350.7 crore in the corresponding period a year ago, representing a growth of 24 percent, the statement said. <more>

Jotun launches energy-saving, environmentally friendly ‘Cool Shades Collection’ for architectural powder coatings
Unique range uses heat reflective technology to reduce temperature of aluminium extrusions and other building components and thereby lower energy consumption costs
Claudio Iurilli, Divisional Director Marketing - Jotun Powder Coatings
Jotun Powder Coatings, one of the world’s leading producers and suppliers of powder coatings, has launched the ‘Cool Shades Collection’, a new collection of energy-saving and environmentally friendly powder coatings formulated to reduce the temperature of aluminium building components that are exposed to the sun, thereby effectively contributing to lowering buildings’ energy consumption and cooling costs. The unique range is based on heat management pigment technology that reflect the infrared energy from sunlight and keeps coated surfaces much cooler, while still absorbing visible light energy to allow colours to maintain their vibrancy.

The ‘Cool Shades Collection’ offers a wide range of colours to match both modern and traditional architecture, and is an ideal application for window frames, curtain walls, shutters, louvers, and wall panels. Furthermore, the new collection is available in industry-leading high performance polyester powder coatings Corro-Coat PE-SDF Super Durable, as well as the standard architectural grade Corro-Coat PE-F Façade. <more>

AkzoNobel plans greenfield unit in South
Integration of ICI India with the company will be completed by June

The integration of ICI India with AkzoNobel, the Netherlands-based euro 13 billion paint company, will be completed by June. AkzoNobel plans to double its capacity in the next five years. As part of the expansion plans, it proposes to set up a greenfield project in South India with an investment of Rs. 100 crore.

The Managing Director (Decorative Paints India and South Asia) of ICI India, Amit Jain, said the company had three manufacturing facilities — Thane in Maharastra, Punjab and Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh — to manufacture decorative paints with a total installed capacity of around 70 million litres annually.

The fourth unit, with latest technology would be set up on 75 acres in the South. “The company has been looking for land both in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The new factory would be for the decorative segment,” he added.

Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) was a British chemical company and had become a subsidiary of AkzoNobel in 2008. Mr. Jain said the company was keen to improve the distribution channels.

It was looking at expanding its point of presence.

Mr. Jain said the company's market share was around 11 per cent of the industry (decorative segment alone) which was estimated at Rs. 10,000 crore <more>

Court rules 'Dulux' has not mislead the market Thursday,
The Commercial High Court of Colombo recently ruled that Akzo Nobel Paints Lanka which produces 'Dulux' was not on the wrong advertising campaign when it announced that it was the only brand which conforms to international safety standards for lead over the media.

Commercial High Court Judge High Court judge P. R. Walgama made this order sequel to a civil suit filed by Macksons Paints Lanka (Private) Limited.

In its plaint the plaintiff Macksons had sought an order preventing the defendant Aszo Nobel paint Lanka holding out that its paint brand Dulux was the only brand which confirms to the said international safety standards for lead according to a study conducted by IPEN and Toxics Link.

In its action Macksons Paint Lanka (Private) Limited of Cross Street, Colombo 11 also had sought an order preventing Akzo Nobel Paint from carrying out any press conference and advertising campaign in the media. Macksons Paint Lanka had further claimed that it professes in the business of manufacturing, marketing, retailing and exporting paints and had emerged as a leading paint manufacturer in Sri Lanka. "It is ISO certified and its quality controls are in conformity with ISO 9001;2000 Quality Management System. At present there is no limit set in Sri Lanka indicating the levels of lead that could be allowed in paint formulation by the government regulatory bodies inter alia including the Sri Lankan Standards Institutions (SLIS),". <more>

Dow announces major investments in China
Dow Coating Materials, a global business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, has announced a major investment in its Chinese manufacturing footprint — a new $17 million dollar emulsion plant located at the company’s Zhangjiagang site in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu.
The new plant comes on the heels of significant market growth in the greater Shanghai region, as Dow Coating Materials continues its practice of inventing, manufacturing and launching products specifically for the needs of the Chinese coatings market. The facility will also supply products for Dow’s Adhesives and Functional Polymers business as well as the Building and Construction Business Unit.

Construction of the new plant, one of two Dow emulsions plants in the greater Shanghai area, is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2010, with an expected start-up date sometime in late 2011. The area, also home to one of Dow’s largest research and development facilities, has long held strategic importance for the Dow Coating Materials business. According to Bruce Hoechner, Vice President, Regional Director, Dow Advanced Materials, Asia Pacific, the expansion is just one piece of Dow Coating Materials’ broader long-term strategy for greater China.
Hoechner sees the new emulsions site as just one of many long-term investments in the greater China market. “East China remains one of the most dynamic and fastest growing regions in the already expanding Chinese coatings market. This emulsions plant reinforces our commitment to stay close to our customers and developing products that meet their needs and the changing needs of the Chinese consumer <more>

Stäubli Robotics Announces the New TXPAINT 250 Painting Robots
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"Ask Joe Powder"
"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:

Kevin Biller
The Powder Coating Research Group
4419 Brookpark Road
Cleveland, OH 44134

Dear Joe Powder:

Please send me the answer for this example:
The powder coating costs 130 Rs./kg, and the coating thickness is 70 to 80 microns in this situation. How can I calculate cost per square meter for powder coating including labour, gas and all things, and what is the standard cost per square meter for powder coating painting to quote any company?


Kishor Palhade
Jay Industries

Dear Kishor Palhade,
In order to make this calculation you must know the specific gravity of the powder coating. I can make an assumption to illustrate how to make the calculation. Please assume that the specific gravity is 1.6 and the average coating thickness is 75 microns.
A. 1.6 g / cm3 x 75 microns = 120 g – micron / cm3
B. Then divide 1000 by the answer in “A”. (1000 converts microns and centimeters to meters and grams to kilograms.) Therefore: 1000 divided by 120 = 8.33 m2 / Kg.
This of course assumes 100% transfer efficiency. If you are spraying the powder without reclamation and reuse, you can assume 60% transfer efficiency. This provides coverage of 5.0 square meters per kilogram.
Your cost per square meter at 130 Rs/ kg will be 26 Rs per square meter. This is only the material cost.
To factor in the labour, gas and other manufacturing overheard you should first determine how many square meters can be coated with one man hour. (This will vary based on the parts coated.) Then calculate the cost of one man hour (wages, company paid taxes, company paid benefits, uniforms, meals, etc). To calculate gas expense it is best to use a meter on your oven and measure how much gas is used during a typical shift. Then divide this usage by the amount of product (in square meters) that was processed. You can then calculate the gas usage per square meter of product. Next account for all of your manufacturing overhead costs such as electricity to run your finishing line, water used, maintenance of your process, depreciation of your equipment, etc.
As for a standard cost, there really isn’t one. So much depends upon the quality requirements of the job. For a simple product with low quality demands you do not have to charge as much as for one that requires careful cleaning, masking, coating
thickness control and cleanliness. All of these activities must be factored into the final estimate and cost of the job.
Lastly and most important is to factor in your profit on the hard work and valuable service that you provide your customer.
I hope that this helps and please let me know if you have any further questions.
Best Regards,
Joe Powder
aka Kevin Biller

Hi Mr. Joe Powder!!
I have a question, we have a Powder Process here in our facility, and we use a PPG Epoxy, and it doesn’t pass an accelerated exposure test. Question is, this kind of Powder does or doesn’t pass the QUV test?
Because we are having troubles with our customers.
Thanks for your time.
Tito Mansilla
Buenos Dios Tito,

Thank you for the question, this is a good one. The QUV test simulates the exposure a coating will experience in a high intensity UV environment. The wavelengths are close but not identical to the sun. It is a decent comparative test for similar formulations. Epoxies will not last long in a QUV chamber without fading and chalking. Similarly a hybrid powder coating which also contains epoxy resin will not resist degradation in the QUV cabinet.

Powder coatings that have good to excellent QUV performance are based on the following chemistries: aliphatic polyurethanes, polyester TGIC, polyester HAA, acrylic and fluoropolymer. Pigmentation also has a strong influence on UV resistance. Mixed metal oxides have the best performance.

If you need more guidance please let me know.

Best Regards,


Is there any truth to shot blast being able to “impregnate” oils in the surface of steel? I have a product that gets E-coated off site, and I want to shot blast the product versus hand cleaning, but my customer is concerned.
Eric Groos

Your customer has reason to be concerned. Shot blasting can be a very good pretreatment process before powder coating or painting a metal surface. The issue develops if the shot blasting process is sloppy. It is imperative to have clean blasting media. If the blasting media gets contaminated, yes it will embed the surface with dirt and oil. The microscopically embedded contaminates will compromise the corrosion resistance of the finish.

This doesn't mean shot blasting can't be used as a pretreatment, it's just really important to keep the process and media extremely clean. In fact a good shot blast process is better than simple solvent cleaning because the blasting, when done correctly, provides better adhesion. This is because it creates a profile on microscopic peaks and valleys that allow the coating to 'bite" into.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

Best Regards,


Dear Mr. Biller:

I hope you don't mind me troubling you with a question regarding the failure of the epoxy/polyester powder coat to the metal on the equipment in my office. I found your site while searching the internet for answers.

I am a dentist in Florida and am experiencing problems with the finish to my dental equipment. The equipment is 3 years old and the the paint is bubbling up and chipping off the delivery units which is that movable tray holder that the instruments sit on. I have never seen this before in the 25 years that I have been working in dental offices. The paint is covered with a protective plastic that is lightly adhesive and disposed of after each patient. The paint is wiped down with a hospital grade disinfectant wipe after every patient as well. We first starting noticing the bubbling and "corrosion" about 18 months of use.
I have had dental equipment that was over 40 years old, disinfectant with diluted bleach that never displayed this type of wear.

The manufacturer said they never experienced this phenomenon on any of their products. They used epoxy/polyester powdercoat. They insist the units were manufactured in the US according to FDA standards.

Can you think of any reason why this would happen? If you need photos I can email them to you. I sincerely appreciate any insight you can offer to this problem.

Thank you for your time and consideration,
Maria Zecca-Botwin, DMD

Hello Maria,

From what you describe there can be a couple problems that are responsible for the coating failure. Here are some of the possibilities:

1. Incorrect or poor quality powder coating - The applicator may have pulled the wrong product off the shelf (e.g. mistook one white powder for another) and applied it to the dental equipment. A standard polyester product would not have the chemical or solvent resistance that a hybrid would. A more remote possibility would be a lousy quality batch of powder coating as supplied by the powder manufacturer. This doesn't happen very often however.

2. Inadequately cured powder coating - The applicator may have applied the proper coating, but didn't bake it at high enough temperature or time to adequately harden or cure the coating. An undercured powder coating will have poor chemical resistance and could blister and lose adhesion.

3. Poorly cleaned and pretreated metal prior to powder application - This is highly probable. If the instrument parts weren't thoroughly cleaned and pretreated prior to applying powder coating, this could result in premature bubbling and adhesion failure. Adequate cleaning and pretreatment would consist of a minimum of 5 stages including an alkaline cleaner, intermediate rinses and the application of a phosphate solution. Without this the coating will not anchor to the metal substrate and will subsequently corrode and lose adhesion.

As for the FDA standards, these regulate the composition of the powder coating. Details are contained in the Code of Federal Register (CFR) 175.300. The purpose of this is to ensure nothing leaches out of the coating that could harm a human. It does not regulate the performance or durability of the coating.

Did the equipment manufacturer provide a warranty for the performance of the equipment? I would think they are responsible for the durability of the equipment including its finish. They should correct the problem or replace the equipment. It would then be up to them to pursue the powder coating applicator (if it is not them).

It would be helpful to send me pictures. I could then comment further on the mode of failure and its possible cause(s).

Please let me know how I can help you further.

Kind Regards,
Kevin Biller aka Joe Powder

Best Regards,

Joe Powder

Joe Powder has over 30 years experience in powder coating formulating, manufacturing and troubleshooting. If you have a question, please feel free to submit it to



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