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January 2011
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Household paints contain high levels of lead
According to a study, the popular household paints might expose you to health hazards as they are found to have lead content more than the international permissible limit.

An analysis by the Consumer Association of India in association with Quality Council of India and National Referral Centre on Lead Poisoning on several popular branded paints like Berger paints, ICI Dulux, Nippon Pylox, Gem Paints, Alfa Coat, Primer Paints, Laxmi Paints and Agsar Paints revealed that they contain unacceptable amount of lead.

"50 samples of 12 brands of wall paints were collected and analysed. This was done to determine the extent and degree of lead content in the paint. Eight brands of the enamel paints contained high concentration of lead which can be hazardous for human health," Dr Giridhar J Gyani, secretary general, Quality Council of India, said.

"The samples were tested in NABL accredited laboratories with technical support coming from National Referral Centre on Lead Poisoning in India," he said.

The golden yellow and deep orange colour of the Berger paints contain 133 and 253 times more lead content than permitted internationally and the same colours of ICI dulux
contain three times and 46.9 times more lead content than permissible, the study claimed
Abhijit Roy, senior vice president, sales and marketing, Berger Paints India Limited said, "There is no lead content in any of our products that goes to consumers. It does not cost much to make lead-free products. It is a wrong study." <more> <more2>

Further follow up
Berger, Quality Council spar over lead content report
Firm says it discontinued use of lead-based pigments in paints a year ago

Berger Paints has objected to the finding of the Quality Council of India (QCI) that its paints contain unacceptable amount of lead. The company said it was neither contacted by the National Referral Centre on Lead Poisoning in India (NRCLPI) or QCI and had, in fact, discontinued the use of lead-based pigments in paints since December 2009.

Gyani said Berger could not wash its hands of the issue by blaming other companies. The lead content was much high in their samples, up to 200 per cent more than what is acceptable.

“We can again conduct a test in the company’s presence, but it would again be a random selection and not on the recommendations of the company. If Berger is found lead-free, we would be more than happy to advertise it again in the media,” he said.

“Rather than beating about the bush by putting false allegations on us, they should come up with evidence to prove them lead-free. We are not obliged to speak to them. Instead, they should be confirming to us whether they have discontinued or still continue to use use lead in their paints,” Gyani said <more>

IPA for phase-out of lead paints
Amid the controversy over the Quality Council of India (QCI) report on amount of lead content in paints, the Indian Paint Association has approached the government to have a gradual phase out of lead from paints and to form a legal binding on this.

“The Indian Paint Association is in touch with the government to implement a law on the removal of lead from paints. The industry wants to switch over to non-lead on a phase-wise manner. Already the major players, including us, are following the international standard on this. I expect the law to be in place may be with in two years,” said Subir Bose, Managing Director, Berger Paints India.
A recent analysis of popular branded paints by QCI, the officially-sanctioned accreditation authority, in association with the Consumer Association of India (CAI), revealed unacceptable amount of lead in Berger’s paints. However, the company had said that it discontinued use of lead-based pigments in December 2009. <more>

BBB Slaps Sherwin-Williams’ VOC Claim

Prompted by a challenge from Benjamin Moore & Co., the Council of Better Business Bureaus’ ad arm has recommended that The Sherwin-Williams Co. drop its zero-VOC claim about the Harmony paint line.

This is the second time in less than a year that the Council’s National Advertising Division has intervened on a Sherwin-Williams product claim.
In the current case, NAD urged Sherwin-Williams to “modify or discontinue advertising claims that the ‘Harmony’ paint line is completely free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).” <more>

Vista Paint Corp. Settles Waste Suit for $1+M
Vista Paint Corp. has agreed to pay $1 million to six District Attorney’s Offices in California to settle a lawsuit charging illegal transportation and mismanagement of hazardous waste and materials.
Under a settlement signed Monday (Jan. 3) in the Superior Court of California in Orange County, where Vista is based, the company agreed to pay $1.075 million. The total includes $848,000 in civil penalties and the remainder in costs and supplemental environmental projects that will provide support for the future enforcement of California environmental law.
Prosecutors say Vista Paint improperly handled and transported hazardous waste, including paint thinners and solvents, unusable paint materials, and rags and absorbents used to clean up spills of hazardous materials. Vista Paint admits no fault or liability under the settlement.<more>

Soy Materials Make a Green Mark
Soy-based materials offer renewable green technologies to a variety of industries.

The United Soybean Board funds the research, development, and commercialization of new industrial uses for soybeans. Its mission is to increase soybean demand through advancements in soy-based research and technology. Image: United Soybean Board
Companies looking to get “greener” and use renewable materials to replace petrochemical products are turning to soybeans. The soybean is a highly adaptable oilseed. The meal and oil can not only be used to feed humans or animals; it can also be used to develop products for everyday use.

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Soy ink, which is used to print more than 90% of the America’s 1,500 daily newspapers and recently celebrated 20 years in use, can be found in soy-based toners as well. The Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio, has worked with the Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) to develop a soy-based toner for copy machines and computer printers. Battelle and OSC have perfected the science and are currently working with potential marketers to bring the product to consumers. Work continues with other research agencies regarding the possibility of soy ink in pens and other writing applications.
Soy-based coatings, such as wood and concrete stains, caulking, and other building products are making a mark on consumers and have shown versatility in new applications, including ultraviolet and electron beam-curing roof coatings and faux finishing in building artwork.
For many years, soybean oil has been a major ingredient in making alkyd resins, which are dissolved in carrier solvents to make oil-based paints. The popularity of latex or waterborne paints has presented a challenge for soy-based paints. USB works with companies like Sherwin-Williams to develop soy-based paints for consumers.
Other areas of development include: stable, waterborne architectural coatings; high-performance, volatile organic compound (VOC)-free coatings for industrial applications; and 100% solid powder coatings <more>





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Its always interesting to visit real people.

Imtiaz Ahmed
National Sales Manager  Wagner Industrial Solutions was on visit to the engineering  expo held here in Indore. Wagner participated in the engg expo. Santosh Ankolekar and Amit Kakkad from Mitsuba also briefed about the developments in Mitsuba and newer application of the powder coating applicator. Navneet Kumar Sinha Area sales manager from Eclipse Innovative Thermal Solution was in our office during his visit to this area. He explained the possible use of Eclipse gas nd CNG burners in Paint Shops. Eclipse, India is a wholly owned subsidiary of Eclipse Inc, USA, established in 2002 to serve Indian / SAARC market with innovative thermal solutions through burners & combustion systems for industrial application




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Thin powder color topcoat:
Powder coating process for small parts in bulk production

This article describes a new powder coating process applicable to many types of fasteners and small parts called “Thin Powder Color Topcoat” (TPCT). These coat- ings are applied to metal parts, with or without a base coating, in an innovative bulk production process that ncorporates a proven thermal diffusion coating method.

The article explains how the new process is suitable for mass finishing of small- and medium-size parts with powder coatings, providing substantial cost savings when compared with rack or spray coating. Test results indicate positive outcomes on a wide range of materials, howing exceptional durability and versatility in controlling the uniformity, thickness, and colors available for small parts production.
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Pros and Cons of recruiting Sales personal from the same or similar industry
Sales and Sales management is the lifeline of any organization. It starts with the selection of right sales personal. Frequent attrition of sales personal is accepted in sales.

It is common but risky and myopic trend of recruiting the sales personal from the same or similar industry.

Article discusses the pro and cons of recruiting the sales personal and sales manager from the same or similar industry.

After reading this article the reader, especially decision makers in B2B segment will be in better position to take decision whether to recruit new sales personal from the same or similar industry , it will also inform candidates about precaution and effort he needs to put in new job with new product and service so he can repeat his success.
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Rising crude prices to hit margins ahead: Kansai Nerolac

Paint maker Kansai Nerolac has divested the 49% stake it had in Nipa Chemicals for Rs 25.72 crore. Japan’s Nihon Parkerizing, already a major stakeholder in the company has bought the stake. Nerolac has exited the non-core area of Nipa Chemicals, a company producing pre-treatment chemicals.
In an interview with CNBC-TV18, HM Bharuka, MD, Kansai Nerolac outlined the reasons for the company's exit from Nipa Chemicals, what they plan to do with the money, and gave an outlook on business going forward.

Excerpts from Midcap Radar on CNBC-TV18
Q: If you can take us through this divestment of 49% stake in Nipa chemicals, what is the purpose of this divestment and what do you plan to do with the money?
A: Actually this was one of our associate companies we collaborated with in 1984, and it is actually a pre-treatment chemical business. So it is not our core business. So when Suzuki came into India, I think they wanted a pre-treatment chemical.
So we entered into collaboration with a Japanese company. I think over a period, we decided it is not our core business. So we decided to divest. So this stake has been purchased by the collaborators themselves. So, earlier we were 75% owner, then 49% and now completely out of this business.
Q: If you can take us through how revenues will pan out in the second half and especially margins considering the kind of fuel cost increases that you see?
A: The topline is not an issue. I think the topline would continue to grow. The paint industry has been growing at double digit for the last two decades. So we are not seeing any headwinds as far as toplines are concerned. But certainly margins are under pressure. The margins were lower in the second quarter, and we are expecting further pressure on the margins because commodities, especially crude oil is rising. So, we need to still wait and watch what would be the scenario there, how much would we be able to pass on.
So we have two sets of businesses - one is decorative, where we were able to pass on and in industrial we were not. So I think margins would be under pressure.
Q: Your margins had fallen by about 300 bps in Q2. Where do you see them stabilizing over the medium term? Do you think this is sustainable or there could be a further draw?
A: I think it all depends on the raw material cost and right now they are rising. Only if there is a slowdown worldwide, I would say the prices would go down. So as of now we are saying it is rising, we are only waiting and watching and certainly we would pass on this to our customers. <more>

Asian Paints Q3 Stand-Alone Net Profit Up
(RTTNews) - Asian Paints Ltd. reported third-quarter net profit of Rs.206.60 crore, up from the Rs.178.69 crore for the quarter ended December 31 last year. Total revenue rose to Rs.1,774.95 crore from the Rs.1,299.78 crore in the year-ago quarter.
On a consolidated basis, its net profit for the third-quarter was Rs.220.33 crore, compared with Rs.198.58 crore in the corresponding period of the preceding year. Total revenue grew to Rs.2,118.97 crore from the Rs.1,636.69 crore for the same period last year.
At the BSE, Asian Paints shares are now trading at Rs.2,616.50, down by 1.67 percent from the previous close.<more>

PPG Industries announced the appointment of Anup Jain as vice president, strategic planning and corporate development, effective Jan. 1, 2011.
Jain will join the company's operating committee and report directly to Chairman and CEO Charles E. Bunch at PPG's global headquarters in downtown Pittsburgh.
"Anup brings a broad range of experience to this important strategic role, which will be instrumental to PPG as we continue to grow and expand our businesses globally," Bunch said. "It's my pleasure to welcome Anup to PPG and my leadership team." <more>

Asian Paints to form second JV with PPG Ind
Asian Paints today said it will form a second new joint venture with US-based PPG Industries, besides expanding their existing JV in order to accelerate growth of non-decorative coatings business in India.

As per the plan, Asian paints Limited (APL) and PPG will establish a second 50:50 JV, Asian Paints said in a filing to Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).

This will be over an above expanding their current 50:50 joint venture -- Asian PPG Industries Ltd (APPG), it added.
APL and PPG have agreed that APL will take lead in the second venture and PPG will take lead in APPG in order to utilise their respective strengths, it said.

"The modalities are being worked on. The arrangement is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to be completed during 2011," Asian Paints said.

The second joint venture will service the protective, industrial powder, industrial containers and light industrial coatings markets, it added. <more>

PPG expands PaintManager compatibility
Mississauga, Ontario--January 27, 2011--PPG Industries has given its PaintManager software and Paint Shop Interface Program, also known as Repair Order Costing (ROCO), greater capability by integrating with more facility management systems.
Most collision centres will now be able to integrate the system they already have in place with PPG’s PaintManager software to aid efficiency, productivity and profitability.
When PPG looked at how to help collision facilities track paint costs more easily, it decided to build an open interface that would work with any system. This approach allows facilities to use the management system they prefer, while still getting the advantages of integrating repair order data from the system into PPG PaintManager and actual mix costs from PaintManager to the management system. <more>

Nordson Trilogy™ Electrostatic Spray Gun Provides the Highest Kilovolts (kV) Available for Liquid Painting Application; Maximizes Transfer Efficiency and Control

Provides the highest kV in the industry for better part coverage and efficiency
Versatile and easy-to-use; changes from airspray to high-volume, low-pressure (HVLP) with just the switch of a nozzle
The only gun with automatic current limiting, providing better control of gun charge and part coverage
AMHERST, OH, January 11, 2011 – The Trilogy™ Electrostatic Spray Gun System from Nordson Corporation (NASDAQ-NDSN) delivers the highest kV in the industry – 93 kV – increasing transfer efficiency, reducing material costs and improving part finish.
At 93 kV, Trilogy systems provide superior transfer efficiency and paint wrap. With the strongest electrostatic load lines, voltage remains consistently high – even as gun-to-part distances change – ensuring high efficiency coverage. Equipped with Nordson air caps, Trilogy guns produce fine particle atomization at lower pressures for improved paint-to-part transfer with minimal overspray. With a Trilogy system, extreme fan pattern control from four to 20 inches is also achieved through fast, easy air adjustments that can accommodate varying part configurations. The increased transfer efficiency and fan pattern control saves money on coatings and rejects.
Trilogy spray systems are designed with coating versatility in mind. Featuring two atomization technologies – air spray and high volume, low pressure (HVLP) – Trilogy systems deliver superior application performance with a variety of substrates, coatings and part profiles. In addition, switching from air spray to HVLP and back is simple, requiring only the change of a nozzle. Trilogy systems are also available in manual or automatic gun models that incorporate the latest in engineering and design materials.<more>

AkzoNobel Expands Mexico Operations
AkzoNobel invested in a new powder coating manufacturing plant in Apodaca, Mexico, a suburb of Monterrey, Mexico. Located five miles from the Monterrey airport, the new 85,000 square foot facility will include manufacturing, warehousing, research and development labs, administrative offices and a quality control laboratory. The project was approved by Akzo's board in mid-September, and construction began early December with completion expected to take up to eight months. The site will allow the company to more than double its powder coatings business in Mexico and Central America over the next several years. “Based on the sustainable success of our powder coating business in Mexico, as well as the growth of the market in Latin America, AkzoNobel has shown great confidence by allowing us the investment in a new state-of-the-art manufacturing plant,” said Michael Cash, managing director, AkzoNobel Powder Coatings, the Americas Region. “The production capability of the new manufacturing plant will also enable us to continue our track record of introducing new and innovative powder coatings technologies into the Mexican and Central American markets.” The new facility was deemed necessary, as AkzoNobel rapidly approaches the capacity limits of the current manufacturing facility in Monterrey. The company will continue to produce its products in the existing manufacturing facility during the construction phase of the new manufacturing plant, which is expected to be fully operational in the third quarter of 2011.<more>

DuPont recently opened a new research and development facility dedicated to coatings science at the Experimental Station in Wilmington, Del. (U.S.). The new Coatings Technology Center (CTC), established by DuPont Performance Coatings (DPC), will focus on DuPont Refinish Systems products that support the automotive collision industry and DuPont Industrial Coating Solutions, which markets a wide range of liquid and powder industrial finishes.
“Innovation is essential to the continued growth of our coatings businesses,” said John McCool, President, DPC. “This investment in research and development clearly demonstrates our commitment to growing our global coatings businesses.”
“Locating this new facility at the Experimental Station allows us to leverage its unique and powerful base of scientific expertise and advanced research and development facilities,” said Lewis Manring, Vice President, Global Technology, DPC. “This facility will operate unlike any previous DuPont coatings laboratory, with a strong focus on inclusive innovation.
“The result will be a collaborative and efficient team focused on providing our customers with the finest coatings in the world and the technical support they need to use those products productively and profitably,” Lewis said.

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The kits include an 8-ounce paint sample, mini roller, tray and coordinating paint chips. That should be enough to give you a good preview of the color. They'll also throw in a $5 Valspar coupon, good at Lowe's, in case you decide to go big. <more>

Jotun expects rise in solar-reflective paint use
Use of solar-reflective paint is expected to increase significantly in the Middle East over the next five years according to paints and coatings supplier Jotun.
Executives from the firm, which currently has the largest share of the paints and coatings market, say they expect a rise in the use of the paint as the region increases its efforts to be green.
In an interview with Construction Week, marketing manager Ashish Vasudev said: “Over the next five years we are going to see a lot more energy saving and green initiatives.<more>

Another price cartel exposed on paint and varnish market
The Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) announced that it has uncovered another price-fixing agreement in the varnish and paint branch.
The company accused of such illegal practices is Akzo Nobel, which, together with four DIY chains, i.e. Castorama, Obi, Leroy Merlin and Praktiker, set, according to UOKiK, minimum sales prices for certain paints and varnishes. The arrangement was in force from 2003 in the case of Castorama, and from 2004 in the case of the other chains, and lasted until the end of 2006. The price fixing came to light thanks to information provided by two of the participants.<more>

Oxea Increases Capacity for Neopentyl Glycol
OBERHAUSEN, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The global chemical company Oxea will further strengthen its Oxo-Derivatives portfolio by raising its Neopentyl Glycol (NPG) capacity at its production site in Oberhausen, Germany. The project is scheduled for completion by mid-2011 and will raise Oxea’s European capacity to 45,000 metric tons.
“In Asia, growth has remained strong even during the 2009 global crisis with the Chinese market already set to outpace Europe”
“In 2011 we will have completed the stepwise increase of our Neopentyl Glycol capacity in Europe which started in 2008. Global demand of this important building block for eco-efficient powder coating resins and lubricants continues to grow above GDP,” said Miguel Mantas, Executive Board member for marketing and sales. “In Asia, growth has remained strong even during the 2009 global crisis with the Chinese market already set to outpace Europe,” Mantas continued.
Oxea is a global manufacturer of Oxo intermediates and Oxo derivatives such as alcohols, polyols, carboxylic acids, specialty esters, and amines. These products are used for the production of high-quality coatings, lubricants, cosmetic and pharmaceutical products, flavorings and fragrances, printing inks and plastics. In the 12 months ending September 2010, Oxea generated revenue of about EUR 1.3 billion with approximately 1,330 employees in Europe, the Americas and Asia.<more>

Labour woes force lockout at two TNPL units
Tamil Nadu Petroproducts (TNPL), promoted by Southern Petrochemicals Industries Corporation (Spic) and Tamilnadu Industrial Development Corporation (Tidco), today declared a lockout at two of the companys units. The move follows labour problems at these.
While management representatives were not available for comments, a company statement said workers at the Linear Alkyl Benzene (LAB) and Epichlorohydrin (ECH) units in the Manali industrial belt on the outskirts of Chennai, had unfairly prevented officers from leaving the factory after working hours on Wednesday. The workers were demanding implementation of an Industrial Tribunal Award on wage settlements. The management added its talks with workers to end the deadlock yielded no results.<more>
Follow up
Tamilnadu Petroproducts lifts Lock out
Tamilnadu PetroproductsLtd has now announced that the Management has lifted the Lock out, applicable to all workmen in Linear Alkyl Benzene (LAB) and Epichlorohydrin (ECH) units from 3:30 p.m. on January 22, 2011, in view of the understanding reached between the Management and the Union before the Asst. Commissioner of Labour, Chennai. <more>

Spit eats into base of bridge
Spit-o-cracy is threatening the safety of Howrah bridge with the daily onslaught of gutkha spat out by pedestrians corroding the protective hoods at the base of its pillars.
Officials of Calcutta Port Trust, the custodian of the 67-year-old bridge that bears the weight of over a lakh vehicles every day, said the commuters’ collective spit power had reduced the thickness of the steel hoods protecting the pillars from six to three millimetre since 2007.
“Gutkha contains highly corrosive elements that erode even steel. A safety audit is now being planned to find out the effect of constant spitting and several other factors on the stability of the hangers that transfer the load of traffic uniformly across the structure,” a senior port trust official told Metro on Sunday.
Forensic sciences expert Biswanath Kahali confirmed that accumulation of gutkha-laced spit on steel would have the same effect that acid has.
“Slaked lime combined with catechu and tannin, which are all components of gutkha, form an organic compound that acts as a corrosive agent on a steel surface. In combination, these substances can gradually corrode a steel structure,” added Kahali.
A port trust official said the base of all 78 hangers had suffered extensive damage over the years with pedestrians passing by treating the bridge as a spittoon. “These hangers help transfer the load of the bridge from the deck to the girders. So any damage to the hangers constitutes a threat to the safety of the bridge,” an official said.
The cantilever structure has been designed in such a way that the load first gets transferred to the girders under the belly of the deck, from where the hangers shift the weight to the overhead structure.
The hangers, positioned across the 1,500-foot bridge, have hoods at the base to prevent water seeping into the junction of the cross-girders and hangers.
The port trust had replaced all the hanger-base covers in 2007 after they were found to have been damaged. “We spent several lakhs on replacing these but 50 per cent of the hoods have been eroded within three years. The 6mm bases are now around 3mm each. If corrosion continues at such a rate, we would need to decommission the bridge for repairs,” warned a port trust official.
An estimated five lakh pedestrians use the bridge every day to cross the river. The most damaged parts of the bases are along the pedestrian walkways of the landmark bridge. “Those on the side of the thoroughfare are not damaged. This proves that pedestrians chewing gutkha and spitting are the culprits,” said an official.
Officers of North Port police station claimed they were routinely imposing fines on pedestrians caught spitting. “However, it is not possible to deploy personnel to prevent spitting on the pillars given our manpower shortage,” said an officer at the police station.
The report of a survey by Rites in 1983 had mentioned how corrosion was the main cause of damage, though gutkha was specifically not mentioned as a threat. According to that report, corrosion was being caused by adverse atmospheric conditions and aggravated by human and vegetable waste.<more>

Huge fire engulfs paint factory in Australia
Residents on the outskirts of Sydney were evacuated after a paint factory burst into flames creating a huge plume of black smoke.<more>

Premier Powder Coating building has limited damage from Sunday fire
Fire damaged the metal-sided Premier Powder Coating building last Sunday located just south of Princeton city limits inside Baldwin Township.
The Baldwin Fire and Rescue Department was dispatched shortly before 9 a.m. to the Premier Powder Coating property located at 31521 125 1/2th St. about a block southwest of Marv’s True Value. The Zimmerman-Livonia Fire District and the Princeton Fire and Rescue Department were dispatched as mutual aid. Baldwin Captain Robin Fischer was the officer in charge at the scene. He said on Monday that he had sent the Zimmerman-Livonia crew home on Sunday when it was realized that crew wouldn’t be needed.<more>

Milford roof collapses from snow and ice
Milford, Conn (WTNH) - For decades, the old Atlantic Powder Coating building stood up to the elements, but this winter was apparently just too much.
Even before City inspectors ruled that the roof collapsed under the weight of the snow Tuesday night, the folks next door at Premier Kitchens were up on their roof, shoveling like mad.
Luckily, no one was hurt.<more>

Fire damages local man’s business
A Baldwin Township powder coating business caught fire last weekend, but was back up and running this week thanks to the quick response of firefighters and a team effort to seal off and clean the damaged section of the building.
The Baldwin Township Fire Department was called to Premier Powder Coating, 31521 125 1/2 St. in Princeton, about 9 a.m. Sunday on a report of smoke coming from the roof of the business. <more>




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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
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Here's a question we see frequently. When powdering a color that requires a clear coat, powder suppliers insist on 1/2 baking the color coat, allow to properly cool, apply clear coat to substrate then finish full bake of base and clear together for best coating. We have done both and see to get exact performance results on MEK, adhesion and other AAMA tests. Our batch line makes it easy to 1/2 bake the color coat but our conveyorized line is not power & free so it is more difficult to 1/2 bake. Which is best?
Sean Bevis

Your powder suppliers are correct - it is best to underbake the basecoat and then apply the clearcoat and fully bake the entire system. There are a couple reason why this makes sense. First the partial bake of the basecoat leaves a few unreacted sites in the coating available for subsequent chemical bonding to the clearcoat molecules. Furthermore this technique keeps the basecoat from overbaking much. Overall it sees approximately one and a half bakes as opposed to two bakes. Overbaking powders can sometimes lead to color shifts.
As for your conundrum with a continuous drive chain conveyor versus the obvious versatility of a batch oven - could you crank down the oven temperature a bit to simulate a "half" bake for the basecoat? I don't know your oven and its recovery time, but this approach may be worth investigating. Let me know how your efforts progress.
Best Regards,
Joe Powder

Will an interior latex paint stick to an acrylic powder coat without sanding the powdercoat? If not, what kind of primer can I use?
Best regards,
Bonnie Carpenter

This is an unusual question. Usually people will ask about applying a powder coating over a liquid paint. As for adhesion of a latex paint to an acrylic based powder - I think it wouldn't be too good. It would probably require a fairly through scuffing (steel wool, Scotchbrite or fine emory cloth) followed by a clean rinse with isopropyl alcohol or acetone. As for a primer - you could use a powder primer (typically a glossy hybrid) or a solventborne primer (e.g. Krylon).
I would try the scuff prep first. Let me know if this helps.

Dear Kevin,
I have a question about epoxy powder coatings. What is the difference between pure epoxy powder coating and FBE (FUSION BONDED EPOXY) powder coating? Is this difference is related to formulation or method of consumption?
Best Regards,

Dear Seddighian,
It's nice to hear from you. I hope all is well in your life. Here are my thoughts on your questions:
Pure epoxy refers to a very large set of chemistry. It encompasses all epoxy based formulations including standard cure, decorative, functional, factory applied and field applied epoxy powders. By
saying "pure" epoxy people differentiate epoxy based powder coatings from hybrids which are, of course, epoxy-polyester based powders.
FBE (fusion bonded epoxy) refers to pure epoxies that are catalyzed so they can cure using the residual heat of a pre-heated part such as a pipeline or piece of rebar. The part is heated up to about 250C
then the powder is applied. The residual heat melts and cures the epoxy powder. No further heating is normally needed. So your comment on consumption is correct. I have a friend who is a very good formulator of FBE technology if you need further help. He lives in the
Middle East also. Let me know if you would like for him to contact you.

Best Regards,



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