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Functional Powder Coating Fusion Bonded Epoxy Coatings for Pipeline and Rebar Industries

An Article by Muhammad Abid Wasim Technical Manager Powder Coating Manufacturing
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Fusion Bonded Epoxy is very fast curing, thermosetting Protective Powder Coating based on especially selected Epoxy resins and hardeners and formulated in order to meet the specifications related to protection of underground steel pipelines and particularly as an anticorrosion coating. FBE is widely used in Pipeline and Rebar coating and is the preferred over other protective systems in this segment, due to their several advantages over other protective systems. Fusion Bonded Epoxy coating has been used for the corrosion protection. It acts as a barrier to corrosive chemicals and moisture, which are essential components of the corrosion process. It is applied to preheated steel as a dry powder, which melts and cures to a uniform coating thickness. The FBE system was first introduced in Europe in 1953 for coating electrical equipment by fluidized bed dipping process. Where as the electrostatic spray system was introduced in 1962, this technology was introduced for coating pipelines for oil, gas, and water transportation. During the late 70ís FBE became the most widely used pipeline coating in USA, Canada, Saudi Arabia, and UK. Today it is successfully used in each country for corrosion protection system for underground pipelines. <Read the article here>

Two articles by R Siva Marpol Pvt Ltd

Effective Particle Sizing of Powder Coatings through Wet-Dispersion

R. Siva
Marpol Pvt Ltd
Margao, Goa 

The determination of particle size of powder coatings and its distribution within the bulk of a powder are matters of great importance. Particle size distribution of the powder coatings is critical to both the final product performance and the application properties. Two factors dominate when considering the significance of particle size. The first is the presence of larger particles which will protrude above the surface and affect the finish of the cured coatings and it can even clog the spray nozzles while spraying the powder. The second is to control the excess of fine particles (less than 10 microns) which influence the ability of powder to flow properly through the application equipments it can lead to problems like powder spitting at the gun head etc. Presence of excess fines can lead to poor coverage & agglomeration of powder particles etc. So full distribution of particle size is important to maintain optimum performance of the powder application as well as powder manufacturing process. <Read the article here>.

Antibacterial Powder Coatings
R. Siva
Marpol Pvt Ltd
Margao, Goa 

This article provides basic information about antibacterial powder coatings and its importance. Potential applications for antibacterial powder and selection criteria for suitable antibacterial agent are described. Mechanism of silver technology and the advantageous of silver additive are briefly described. Guidelines for designing antibacterial powder and factors which need to be considered while formulating and manufacturing antibacterial powder coatings are discussed. <Read the article here>

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Berger Paints unit probed for groundwater pollution
PANAJI: A manufacturing unit of Berger Paints, a major decorative paint manufacturing company in India, is being probed for pollution of ground  water in villages near the Pilerne Industrial Estate in Goa, environment minister Aleixo Sequeira told the assembly Monday.

Speaking in reply to a calling attention motion, Sequeira said the state pollution control board was conducting a hearing after residents of Saipem village filed a complaint under the Water and Air Pollution Act.

"The state top pollution control authority is already hearing a complaint against Berger Paints. An inspection of the unit at the industrial estate has already been conducted after the complaint said that chemicals were being discharged by the company and was contaminating the ground water," Sequeira said.

"We will take strict action in accordance with law after the hearing, which is a part of official procedure," Aleixo said.

Berger Becker Industries Coating Pvt Ltd located at the Pilerne industrial estate, about 10 km from here, manufactures industrial paint, industrial colour powders, white wash colours and paint pigments. <more>

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Polluting Berger paints unit ordered shut down
Panaji, July 20,

The state pollution control board on Tuesday suspended the operations of a Berger Paints manufacturing unit, located at the Pilerne industrial estate in Goa, for polluting ground water resources.

The suspension order was issued by the chairman of the Goa State Pollution Control Board Simon de Souza after conducting a hearing on the issue. The management of Berger Becker Coatings Private Limited, one of the largest decorative paint manufacturers in India, have also been asked to “manage, handle and dispose off all the hazardous waste stored at the unit”, until which the operations will remain suspended.

The unit has also been asked to clear solvent, which was being discharged in the storm water drains, and report to the authority within seven days. The order also directs the district collector to seal the premises and disconnect the water and electricity supply to the unit. The issue of pollution by Berger paints was raised in the Goa legislative assembly Monday. <more>

The GSPCB members conducted a discreet inspection at the site recently and found the charges were true. "Several dead earthworms were seen along the road on which coloured solvent was flowing," a GSPCB report stated. The representatives of the unit were given a chance to present their version, but it was found that the firm was storing hazardous waste in violation of the authorization issued to it by the GSPCB. The unit has been directed to comply with all terms and conditions for revocation of the order. <more>

Maharashra tells paint companies to go eco-friendly
Mumbai: The state government is going all out to reiterate its commitment to the green cause.
On Monday, the government asked all major manufacturers of paints such as Asian Paints, Nerolac, Pidilite, Camlin, etc to start producing eco friendly paints in order to promote environmentally safe Ganesh idols for the upcoming Ganesh festival in the city. Valsa Nair Singh, chairperson of Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), and environment secretary, state ministry of environment, held a meeting on Monday with officials from paint manufacturing companies to make the request.

The state environment department along with MPCB is also organising a meeting on July 15 with major Ganesh pandals in the city to demonstrate some eco-friendly practices for the festivals. <more>

Going green
Kansai Nerolac Paints Ltd has introduced an eco-friendly paint ‘Nerolac Impressions Eco Clean' that is supposed to have low levels of VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) and is an odourless paint. It is supposed to provide a rich and smooth finish with an optimum sheen and is supposed to wash well and have superior stain resistance quality. Eco Clean paint is priced Rs 385 per <more>

Legislation Limiting Formaldehyde Emissions Passes Congress
WASHINGTON, D.C. - On June 24, 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation limiting the amount of formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products to 0.09 parts per million as of January 1, 2012; the U.S. Senate passed the measure on June 14. Just a few days earlier, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a draft revised assessment of the health effects of formaldehyde exposure, strengthening the list of possible adverse effects from acute exposure and stating that there is a causal relationship between formaldehyde exposure and various types of cancer.

Formaldehyde is often used in the production of resins, which are then used in the manufacture of particle board, plywood and other composite woods; as raw materials in surface coatings and adhesives; and in the manufacture of plastics and plasticizers. Formaldehyde is also used in the manufacture of dyes, cosmetics, textiles, disinfectants, animal feeds, perfumes, vitamins and explosives.
Exposure to elevated levels of formaldehyde is known to cause health effects such as watery eyes, burning in the throat, nausea and asthma attacks. The EPA's new draft assessment also includes discussion of immune system effects and neurological damage and suggests that these risks may be particularly acute in pregnant women, children and asthmatics. The new EPA draft also states that there is evidence of a casual relationship between formaldehyde exposure and cancer. <more>

NYC Inspector’s 10-Year Fraud Leads to Crackdown
New York City will tighten oversight of private lead and asbestos safety inspectors, after one unlicensed inspector admitted falsely certifying hundreds of buildings as clean over many years.




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She is a beautiful girl, but there is really a tough person behind this face.

Nidhi is 19 year old girl, and a dealer for Nerolac Powders in Vadodara Gujarat, studying B.A. economics from M.S. University, Vadodara and Paint Technology course, a Distance learning from noida. She works, studies and takes care of her mom and sister. She is handling northern Gujarat, Savli to Ankleshwar, Palanpur Mehsana. In a short period of time will be starting near Kutch.

Here is a short chit chat we had with her

IPC: How did you land up in the powder coating business?
I was a person who never took interest in the business nor had a thought in my mind that I would ever help my dad in it. I was of that type who always used to attend parties, hang out with friends.

My dad was into this line. He had Nerolac dealership since several years. He passed away last year. so I decided to take over the whole business not considering my age and that I was a girl. It's a male dominated business but there are a few girls in this field . After loosing my father, I have my mom and elder sister in the family and also look after them.

I got into this business but It was a completely new and a difficult thing for me At that time I had my 12th Science Boards exam within 15 days. There was a dilemma in my mind , which one should be given more priority. But, I decided to study and continue with the business as both were equally important to me.

The sales manager in the beginning told me that there's no girl dealer in our company .. but I didn't care about that ... I just wanted to go ahead..

IPC: How has it helped you or put you in trouble, being a girl in the powder business?
Yes, being a girl many people all over told me that I wont be successful just because I'm a girl. But I could proceed without any trouble. Initially, there was a stage where it was difficult to communicate to people who were of my father's age.... but gradually, it started working.

All of the people, be it in the company or my competitors, there'were no girls. Things I didn't like to do were the one's I started doing. My company, Kansai Nerolac Paints Ltd., supported me the most in all ways, professionally and personally. Also, I would thank all the valuable customers who supported me and stood by me in the beginning.

IPC: This must be a stressful schedule !
Yes its 24 hrs. and 365 days
A few weeks ago I handled about 45 boxes of powder each weighing twenty kilograms. I had back problem. Was on bed for six weeks. Stress is a part of business actually. just got back to work few days ago. Got a lot to be done.

IPC: How do u face the competition
In the beginning when I decided to get over the things, I wasn't actually aware about the market position, be it anything. Slowly with the help of few people and searching out things, I came to know that there were actually many competitors that I would have to face. Bigger brands were a bit tough to deal with as they were good in quality. Considering the smaller one's, the local manufacturing company's weren't the one's I bothered as I had a better quality to provide to the customer's ahead.

IPC: How has our website helped you ?
Talking about India Powder Coating website, the only thing I would say rather suggest (to the viewers) is to help IPC to update, and get yourselves updated through their newsletters. The last link, that's the job coater, in the powder coating chain, is unaware of the power of internet. The job coaters do not realize how useful their presence could be on the website. Many of them are not that educated enough to get into the website thing and they don't even want to change according to the new generation. We also need to change, as it is for our own benefit. So, all the people who are related to this world of Powder Coating Industry, be it small or big, it would be really good if we keep ourselves a part of this website. Because I very well know that initially you might find that its useless but for me personally its the best way you can excel in your field.

IPC: What are your future plans?
I would always continue with this line and keep on and on growing and get it to heights. Be it before or after marriage There always will be a lot to do.

IPC Yes, there will always be a lot to be done, there is really no end. Once again IPC salutes you for all your courage and efforts ! Best luck.



Rajni Bhai from Jai Chemicals Ahmedabad was in Indore . He informed us about the pre treatment chemical from his company.

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Berger Paints in talks to buy local paints maker
Berger Paints India is in talks with a domestic speciality paints maker for a possible acquisition, Chairman KS Dhingra said at its annual general meeting on Thursday.

"We have already appointed Ernst & Young to advise on the deal," he added without divulging further details.

"We are in talks over the last 7-8 months and the issue will be taken up in our board meeting later today."

The Kolkata-based paints maker has also lined up Rs 400 crore investments to double its annual capacity from 250,000 tonnes to 500,000 tonnes over the next five years, he said.

The plan includes setting up of two greenfield plants at Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra and capacity expansion of its existing plants, Dhingra said. <more>

Paint industry smells a huge opportunity in economic growth
Paint companies are anticipating sustained demand growth, hinged on a rising gross domestic product, higher disposable income and a desire for a better lifestyle.
While growing urbanization benefits the paint industry, a healthy rural economy is not only benefiting consumer companies but also paint makers.

During fiscal 2010, the paint industry’s sales rose by 15% to Rs21,000 crore, according to Kansai Nerolac Paints Ltd. The company, which is a market leader in industrial paints and a large player in decorative paints (industry jargon for wall paints), sold 22% more paint by volume during the year.<more>

Asian Paints eyes major jump in overseas revenues
The country's largest paint-maker Asian Paints today said it is working towards substantially increasing its revenue share from overseas operations from the present 16 per cent.

"Revenue from our overseas markets is 16 per cent now and we expect further growth this fiscal," Asian Paints Chairman Ashwin Choksi told reporters here on the sidelines of the company's AGM.

The company is now concentrating more on Nepal, Bangladesh and Egypt as the business is really doing well in those markets, he said, adding the company has divested its subsidiaries in Malasia, Thailand, Hong Kong and China.<more>

Asian Paints hikes decorative paints prices by 2.8%
Asian Paints has hiked prices of decorative paints reports CNBC-TV18 quoting sources. Effective from 1 July, decorative paints prices will be increased by 2.8%.
It is learnt that the increment is over and above 4.15% hike in May. <more>

Mumbai Inc works from home as bandh hits transportation
Mumbai, July 5
It was a difficult opening to the week for Mumbaikars with the bandh bringing the city to a near standstill.

The lucky few whose offices were close to their homes made it comfortably. A handful of others who ventured to step out came back quickly fearing violence. The vast majority worked out of home thanks to the Internet. To that extent, technology was the best piece of news during the bandh

Mr Percy Jijina, General Manager-Decorative, Jotun India, said he made it to his office in suburban Andheri only to find that the caretakers had not turned up and it was locked. His fellow employees were absent too. “A day's productivity is lost, but then do we have a choice?” he asked.<more>

Akzo Nobel India, formerly ICI India, is looking at doubling its production capacity by 2012 under the new leadership.
The present chairman Aditya Narayan will pass on the baton to Nihal Kaviratne.

The company, which is geared up for organic and inorganic expansion, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Karnataka government to set up a plant there.

“We are looking at increasing our production capacity to almost 150 million litres per year,” said Amit Jain, managing director of the company. <more>

Polyester resins to replace epoxies
DSM Powder Coating Resins has formulated polyester resins "Uralac Veranda" and "Uralac Corres", which can be used as alternatives to epoxy resins in powder coating applications. "Uralac Veranda" is suitable for the formulation of zero-epoxy powder coatings treated with beta-hydroxylalkylamide. Indoor hybrid powder coatings based on epoxy resins have the tendency to yellow and lose lustre when exposed to sunlight. Powder coatings formulated the new product demonstrate good resistance to chemicals, boiling water and stain. "Uralac Corres" can be used in powder coatings that offer corrosion protection and are also friendly to the environment. The resin is also cost-effective and imparts increased levels of efficiency while applying the powder coating. . <more>

Akzo, PPG Profit Squeezed by Paint Materials Shortage
The world’s largest paint makers are raising prices as they try to overcome a shortage of raw materials and keep store shelves stocked during the prime house- painting season in North America, Europe and Asia.

Akzo Nobel NV, which makes Dulux paint, and PPG Industries Inc., which produces the Olympic and Pittsburgh brands, have seen the price of acrylic acid, a resin that binds pigments together, jump 71 percent in the past 12 months. Titanium dioxide, which makes paint opaque, has risen close to a record this year, while there’s not enough methyl methacrylate, which is used to create weather-resistance.

Dow Chemical Co. and rival paint-ingredients suppliers shut plants in the recession and are suffering mechanical failures as their remaining factories are pushed to full output, said George Pilcher, vice president of Cincinnati-based industry consultant Chemquest Group. Demand in the $70 billion-a-year paint industry is growing, led by Asia and the recovering U.S. economy.

“I don’t see any of this clearing up before the end of the year,” said Pilcher, who formerly worked at Akzo, the world’s biggest paint maker, and Sherwin-Williams Co., the third- largest. “There won’t be enough house paint to go around.”

Dow, the world’s largest producer of acrylic, can’t fill all its orders, said Gregory Baldwin, a company spokesman. Dow and competing makers of paint ingredients probably won’t catch up with the backlog of acrylic-acid and methacrylate orders until September or October, Chief Financial Officer William H. Weideman said in a June 8 presentation.

Low Inventories

“Inventories are low all through the chain,” said Ian Davenport, a former director of Dow’s acrylics business who runs New York-based consultant Davenport International Associates.

“Pricing of paint absolutely must go up,” he said. “It’s a global issue.”  <more>

Akzo Nobel India Q1 net profit down at Rs 44 cr
Akzo Nobel India has declared it first quarter results. The company's Q1 net profit was down at Rs 44 crore versus Rs 69 crore. <more>

Global Paint Thinners Market to Exceed $1.3 Billion by 2015, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.
GIA announces the release of a comprehensive global report on Paint Thinners markets. The world market for paint thinners is projected to exceed $1.3 billion by the year 2015. This is primarily driven by a rapid rise in architectural construction and industrial activity in the emerging markets, which created significant demand for paints that in turn rocketed demand for paint thinners in these markets.

San Jose, CA (PRWEB) July 07, 2010 -- The global paint thinners market is feeling the ill effects of the economic recession; similar to the way the global paints and coatings industry is enduring. Until mid-2008, the global paint thinners industry relished significant growth, both in value and volume terms. However, the industry began to suffer in the latter part of the year as the global economy slipped into a recession. Most end-use markets for paints and coatings, such as the residential housing, commercial construction and automotive markets, began to shrivel in the last quarter of 2008, resulting in a declining demand for paints and coatings, and resultantly for thinners used in these products. With prospects in the end use markets further deteriorating through most of the year 2009, the paint thinners market became a lackluster affair by the end of 2009, with the exception of few markets in Asia-Pacific.

Europe dominates the world paint thinners market as stated by the new market research report on paint thinners market. Though the aftermath of global recession adversely affected the European paint thinners market, demand is expected to emerge from Eastern European countries, owing to rapid growth in the industrial sector of the region. Asia-Pacific represents the fastest growing market for paint thinners. The rapid economic growth in most of the emerging countries resulted in rampant architectural construction and industrial activity, which created significant demand for paints that in turn rocketed demand for paint thinners in these markets. The global economic recession that shattered some of the major global economies failed to create similar impact on Asian economies such as India and China. Infrastructure development in these countries remained positive, although the global recession decelerated growth of development to a certain extent. Resultantly, growth in demand for paints and coatings, and consequently for paint thinners, decelerated in Asia-pacific. Going forward, Asia-pacific is expected to continue fuelling growth in the global paint thinners market, with considerable growth opportunities arising from other emerging regions, such as Latin America.

Key players profiled in the report include Akzo Nobel India Limited, ANGUS Chemical Company, Benjamin Moore & Co., Berger Paints India Limited, Dichem Srl, Kansai Paint Co. Ltd, Kansai Nerolac Paints Limited, Marlin Srl, Orica Limited, PPG Industries Inc., Sico Inc., The Valspar Corporation, and Wattyl Pty Ltd, among others. <more>

Ecolab and DuPont poised to launch new anti-microbial film
Ecolab and DuPont have said their new non-food contact anti-microbial coating for processors will reduce the risk of contamination from mould and a range of pathogenic bacteria on a wide range of surfaces for up to 30 days.

The new antimicrobial film is designed to boost environmental hygiene on non-food contact surfaces when used together with a cleaning and sanitising program, an Ecolab spokesman told

“The coating helps control environmental and pathogenic bacteria, especially Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes, as well as the growth of mould in both moist and dry environments within processing facilities,” he added.

The product is currently being reviewed by regulatory bodies in Europe and North America. The companies said no definite launch date for the coating had yet been set. <more>

DuPont's titanium dioxide project stuck in China
"Long time, little progress" is probably the best description for the current status of DuPont's largest titanium dioxide investment outside of U.S. borders. Industry rumor has it that the $1 billion project may not see the day of approval.

Back in 2005, DuPont signed a memorandum of intent with the local government in Dongying, Shandong province, hoping to establish a 200,000-metric-ton-per-year facility there and start production in 2010.<more>

AkzoNobel sets $3 billion China target for 2015
AkzoNobel’s ambitious growth plans for Asia were underlined today when the company announced that it plans to double its current revenue in China within five years. A target of $3 billion has been set for 2015, with China poised to play an integral role in AkzoNobel’s strategic focus on the world’s growth regions.

“The importance of Asia, particularly China, has long been emphasized by our company and we are committed to expanding in the region, as recent investments have shown,” explained AkzoNobel CEO Hans Wijers. “Not only is China an important growth engine, but it is also rapidly establishing itself as a great center of innovation. It’s moving from made in China, via developed in China to innovated in China, and we believe it will become a global powerhouse for science, technology and invention. AkzoNobel wants to make its contribution to that journey.”<more>

PPG Aerospace names Brian Roberson global platform director for coatings
SYLMAR, Calif., June 30, 2010 – PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) aerospace business has appointed Brian Roberson global platform director for coatings.

Roberson joined PPG Aerospace in 1999 as Southwest region sales and market development representative, based at the Dallas Application Support Center. He held marketing and sales positions with increasing responsibility for PPG Aerospace until 2005, when he became Mountain West regional sales manager for PPG’s automotive refinish business, based in Denver. He moved to Toronto in 2007 as director in Canada for the automotive refinish business, and he subsequently returned to PPG Aerospace and assumed his current position.

Roberson earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Oklahoma State University and a master of business administration degree from Oklahoma City University.<more>

Valspar to buy Australia's Wattyl Ltd
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Paint and coatings company Valspar Corp (VAL.N) said on Sunday it had agreed to acquire Australian paint maker Wattyl Ltd (WYL.AX) for about A$142 million and also assume its existing debt.

The deal will help Valspar build on its presence in the Asia Pacific region and presents new opportunities for growth, Valspar said. It is subject to approval by shareholders and regulatory authorities. <more>

Valspar Implements Price Increases for Powder Coatings
The Valspar Corporation has announced pricing increases for powder coatings products. Pricing changes will take effect for all shipments on or after July 15.<more>

D5146 Standard Guide to Testing Solvent-Borne Architectural Coatings
This guide covers the selection and use of procedures for testing solvent-borne architectural coatings to be used on exterior, interior, or both types of surfaces. <more>

Bayer MaterialScience expands development of medical coatings
Bayer MaterialScience LLC has extended its capacity for feasibility studies and customer development support at its Medical Coatings Development Centre in Sheffield, England. The research and development facility is solely dedicated to the "Baymedix C" portfolio of coatings for medical devices. Driven by new projects stemming from the recent U.S. and European launches of the portfolio, the team has doubled in size in the past two months. Equipment has been upgraded as well. The company has also made a capital investment, installing new dip-coating equipment that allows the processing of samples measuring up to 140 cm in length. This technology upgrade will enable the company to apply coatings to full-length cardiovascular catheters <more>.

Jotun paints and protects largest fruit and vegetable hyper market in Kuwait
Jotun Paints, one of the world's producers and suppliers of paints and coatings, announced that it has painted the KD30m (Dhs441m) 'Al Forda Central Fruits and Vegetable Hyper Market', the largest establishment of its kind in Kuwait. The company further revealed that over 62,000 litres of paints and coatings under its 'Jotafloor System' were used on the project's 95,000 square metre interior floor  area.<more>

Evonik Launches Separate Carbon Black Unit
Evonik Industries announced a reorganization of its carbon black activities with the launch of Evonik Carbon Black GmbH, an independent management company operating under the umbrella of Evonik Industries.

The new unit is headed by chairman and CEO Jack Clem, with Rainer Wobbe appointed chief financial officer.

The company’s headquarters, currently in Frankfurt, Germany, will move to Hanau-Wolfgang, Germany, on Oct. 1. The product portfolio and customer relationships will not be affected by the spinoff, the company said.

Evonik said it is the second-largest carbon-black manufacturer worldwide, with production at 17 sites in 12 countries on four continents, and annual sales of approximately 1 billion euros.<more>

Akzo Nobel buys Swedish can coating firm
Akzo Nobel has agreed to acquire a Swedish metal packaging decorator to strengthen its position in beverage cans and target new growth markets.

The deal covers the worldwide assets of Lindgens Metal Decorating Coatings and Inks, including its majority stake in the Server Boya joint venture in Turkey. <more>

ASTM D5144 - 08e1
ASTM D5144 - 08e1 Standard Guide for Use of Protective Coating Standards in Nuclear Power Plants<more>


Ask Joe Powder

"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
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Hi Kevin,
My name is Chad and I have attended two seminars with you and have a question about powder.
We currently looking into spraying some plastic chips and some other possible designs in our lab for a Coatings show that is coming up, but have been unsuccessful in finding a conductive primer.
I contacted a major coating supplier after finding a tech data sheet online about a conductive primer they offered, but they no longer make it and told me they have nothing at all to offer that can go under powder.
Do you happen to know of anything that can be sprayed onto plastic objects prior to the powder being sprayed?
Any help would be great.
Chad Reynolds
Sun Chemical Corporation

Hi Chad,

Thanks for the question. Indeed there are a couple options to make a plastic substrate conductive enough to electrostatically apply powder coating. First a few caveats.

1. Ensure that the plastic can take the powder bake cycle. Plastics are characterized by heat distortion temperature (HDT) which signifies the maximum temperature in which the plastic will maintain its integrity. At the HDT the plastic will begin to soften and distort. Make sure that the HDT of the plastic to be used is at least 10 degrees higher than the powder bake temperature.

2. Make sure that the plastic is clean. Mold release compounds are notorious for causing poor wetting and adhesion of powder coatings and any other coating for that matter. You may want to clean the surface with an appropriate solvent prior to attempting to apply the powder.

3. Applying the powder is a little tricky. Make sure that the substrate is grounded. Also cut back on the kV's and amperage of the powder spray gun. I would start at 55 kV's and move higher or lower until you develop good, even deposition.

Now for the key component to make this work. I know of two approaches that provide sufficient conductivity on non-conductive substrates which will facilitate electrostatic deposition of powder coatings. The first is Ransprep which is available from a company called Chemical Technology. They can be reached at +1 (313) 893-4930.

The second approach involves applying an iodine based solution. You can make your own solution by diluting tincture of iodine (alternately you can use a "teat dip" product). You can use either isopropyl or ethyl alcohol for the dilution. I would prepare a 1% concentration. The solution should be applied to the substrate by spray or dipping. Then thoroughly dry the substrate. This should provide the conductivity needed to apply the powder coating.

Good luck with your project Chad and let me know if you have any further questions.

Best Regards,

Kevin aka Joe Powder

Dear Kevin,
How are you? Do you remember of me, even if it’s a long time we don’t have contacts? I hope all is running well.
I disturb you for an information: now the market, by us, begins to requires products (for outdoor aluminium profiles) of class 3, that is to say hyper-durable with 10 years of positive test in Florida. Practically as PVDF for performance.
I’m trying to find suppliers of specific resin for this purpose, but at present I was not successful. I contacted Arkena, Atofina, Solvay Solex: but no one seems to have this technology. May you help me?
Thank you in advance for your kind cooperation.
Best regards

Hello Alberto,

It is very good to hear from you and, of course, I remember you. To answer your question: Please check with AGC (Asahi Glass Company). They make a hydroxyl-functional fluorpolymer called Lumiflon. It can be reacted with blocked isocyanates or uretdiones. These systems provide 10 to 20 years Florida outdoor durability. Please see:

I have heard of some companies using a Kynar product from Arkema. This material is a thermoplastic fluoropolymer that requires different extrusion and grinding (cryogenic) technology. Here is their website:

I hope that this information is helpful.

By the way, I have established a powder coating technology center. The company is called The Powder Coating Research Group. We conduct testing, raw material evaluations and, most import, product development. You can find us on the web at

I hope that all is well with you. I am happy that we have reconnected and I look forward to a continued correspondence.

Best Regards,
Kevin Biller aka 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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