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Certa Pro Painters Penalized $5,750 for Dumping Waste Paint Wash Water
in Storm Drain, Polluting River in Dartmouth

MassDEP penalty includes requirement that contractor improve employee training

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has penalized the ProGroup Network Inc. of Fairhaven (d/b/a Certa Pro Painters) $5,750 for dumping waste paint wash water into a storm drain at the Dartmouth Mall. On September 25, 2012, MassDEP responded to a complaint that colored water was emanating from a storm drain and discharging into the Paskamansett River in Dartmouth.<more>

Clean Air: New Paints Break Down Nitrogen Oxides
Dec. 20, 2012 — Surfaces with photo-catalytic characteristics clean the air off nitrogen oxides and other health-endangering substances. Using a new test procedure, Fraunhofer researchers can find out how the coatings behave during a long-term test.

The Seventies: Smog alert in the Ruhr area, acid rain, dying spruce trees in the Bavarian Forest. In those days, the solution was filter systems for the smokestacks in the Ruhr area. Today, people in the urban areas are suffering from high levels of pollution that is being caused by, among other things, automotive traffic. Particularly undesired: the nitrogen oxides (NOX). In the meantime, the European Union tightened the limit values even further; in many communities they are being exceeded. Michael Hüben of the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME in Schmallenberg, Germany, knows that "on stretches with heavy traffic there is a particular need for action."<more>

Environmentally Benign Coatings Project Wins National Award
ROLLA, MO - A Missouri University of Science and Technology effort to investigate environmentally benign, corrosion-resistant coatings for military aircraft and other weapons systems has received national recognition from the U.S. Defense Department.

The Missouri S&T project was selected as a 2012 Project of the Year for the Weapon Systems and Platforms program within the Defense Department's Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP). The Missouri S&T project was one of four selected by SERDP.

Led by Dr. Bill Fahrenholtz, Curators' Professor of ceramic engineering and a senior investigator in Missouri S&T's Materials Research Center (MRC), and Dr. Matt O'Keefe, Professor of metallurgical engineering and Director of the MRC, the Missouri S&T researchers worked with Dr. Eric Morris and Rich Albers, researchers with Deft Inc. of Irvine, CA, to understand the corrosion-protection mechanisms for rare-earth-based corrosion coatings for use on military aircraft. These rare-earth compounds are believed to be less harmful to the environment than conventional coating materials<more>.




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  Infomercial Vijay Enterprises Pvt Ltd  
Vijay Enterprises Pvt. Ltd.

Vijay Enterprises is a leading manufacture of powder coating materials (PCM) in India. VIJAY COAT today stands as a Reliable source of High Quality and Durable Powder Coating materials at very reasonable prices. Vijay's PCM find extensive application for industrial and other demanding applications. Vijay enterprises was incorporated in 1995 with a view to supplying quality PCMs to Indian industry. Vijay's manufacturing set up is equipped with best machines from M/s Buss AG Switzerland who are world's largest manufacturer of Powder Coating Machines. Vijay has now established itself and earned a name for its quality supplies and prompt delivery at reasonable prices.

The types of powders manufactured by VIJAYCOAT are as under.
Pure Epoxy
Epoxy Polyester (Hybrid)
Pure Polyester (TGIC)
Pure Polyester (TGIC Free)
Super Durable
Poly Urethane Powder

Types of Finishes manufactured by VIJAYCOAT
Semi Glossy
Specialties like Silver, Gold, Copper
Antique Finish
Hammer Tone
Wood Finish
Pearl Finish
Coloured Transparent

Technical Powders Manufactured by VIJAYCOAT
Fast Cure
Lower Temperature Cure
Thin Film Powders
Hot water resistance powders
Heat Resistant Powders for automobile silencers
Fire Retardant Powders
Powders for in contact with food stuff (Food Grade)
Electrical Insulation Grade
Lead Free and ROHS Compliant Powders
Reach registered European Powders.

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Fusion bonded Epoxy Powders for Reinforcing Bars

Fusion bonded Epoxy Powders for Pipe Coatings

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  Infomercial SF EXPO  
SF EXPO, The 10th Guangzhou (China) International Surface Finishing, Electroplating and Coating Exhibition
Time: May 21-23, 2013
Location: Poly World Trade Center,Guangzhou,China

China Surface Engineering Association Electroplating Branch
China Surface Engineering Association Painting of Branch
Powder Coating Institute
Guangdong Coating Industry Association
Guangdong Electroplating Association
Wise Exhibition (Guangdong)Co.,Ltd.

Executive Organizer
Wise Exhibition (Guangdong)Co.,Ltd

International Cosponsors
National Association for Surface Finishing
Korea Plating Industry Cooperative
Singapore Surface Finishing Society(SSFS)
Metal Finishers’ Association of India
The Society for Surface Protective Coatings,India
Brazilian Surface Treatments Association

Concurrent Events
International Surface Finishing Development Theme Forums
Surface Finishing New Products&Technology Promotion Conference
International Painting New Technology Seminar
GuangDong International Surface Finishing Technology Forums
GuangDong&GuangZhou Electroplating Association Annual Conference
Awarding Ceremony for Outstanding Surface Finishing Enterprises
The 10th Guangzhou (China) International Coatings, Printing Inks & Adhesives Exhibition

Exhibition General
As a most professional and quick-growing surface finishing industry's event, SF EXPO is always committed to improving the surface finishing industry in all aspects, creating the biggest value for the clients and providing all surface finishers with a perfect platform for business cooperation, technology exchange and information share. The 10th Guangzhou (China) International Surface Finishing, Electroplating and Coating Exhibition is jointly organized by China Surface Engineering Association Electroplating Branch, China Surface Engineering Association Painting Branch, and Wise Exhibition (Guangdong) Co., Ltd..The organizer continues its cooperation with domestic and overseas associations and international media to hold co current conferences, industry summit, and technology seminars. The worldwide excellent surface finishers and industries come together to discuss the dynamic global development in surface finishing industry and sustainable development or solution for energy-saving and environment-friendly production so as to improve product value. On the basis of its accumulated rescources and professional operation experience, the scale and effect of the 10th exhibition will be greatly improved to 20,000 square meters' exhibition area and 300 predicted exhibitors. With its 20,000 professional attendees, it will be one of the most important surface finishing pageant in the world.

SF EXPO 2011 Review
The 9th Guangzhou (China) International Surface Finishing, Electroplating and Coating Exhibition was held in Guangzhou International Convention and Exhibition Center on 11-13th, May, 2011. Through the two-year strong propaganda, this event has attracted 238 exhibitors from 17 countries and regions. Its exhibition area reaches 15,000 square meters. The three days exhibition was visited by 14498 attendees and 21 associations and big-scale enterprise groups from all over the world. Cocurrent events were held: The 9th Guangzhou (China) International Coatings, Printing Inks & Adhesives Exhibition, International Symposium on Surface Finishing Industry Development and New Product, Technology Promotion Conference, Members' Assembly of Marketing Working Committee of China Surface Engineering Association, Annual Meeting of Guangdong and Guangzhou Electroplating Association, The International Plating Technical Forum (Guangdong Electroplating Association), Awarding Ceremony for Outstanding Surface Finishing Enterprises, etc.

Exhibition Highlights
The 10th Guangzhou (China) International Surface Finishing, Electroplating and Coating Exhibition is jointly hosted by two authoritative and influential national associations -China Surface Engineering Association Electroplating Branch and the Painting Branch
The biennial exhibition attracts more exhibitors and visitors with its careful preparation and advertising compaign.
Exhibitors benefit from the firm exhibition theme, clear target audience division and high supply-demand match.
Professional organization and market operation are achieved by the host, Wise Exhibition (Guangdong) Co., Ltd., which was founded in 1999 and now is one of the governing unit of Guangdong Exhibition Association. Wise is always committed to planning and organization of professional industry exhibitions, building brand events, integrating industry rescources and accumulating millions of enterprise data. Currently, a complete plan was formed for modernized exhibition organization and control.
This exhibition became renowned and influential in the world through worldwide advertising compaign.

Exhibit Scope
1) Surface finishing equipments such as shot peening, shot blasting, bench drawing, polishing, abrasion and surface treatment materials;
2) Painting/Coating wire,Coating engineering design,Painting/Coating equipments and auxiliary equipments;
3) Industry coating products;
4) Electroplating equipments and auxiliary equipments;
5) Electroplating raw materials and additives;
6) Anti-corrosion materials and equipments;
7) Equipments and technologies such as thermal Spraying, conversion coating, vacuum evaporation coating;
8)Electroplating industry zone, detect equipments;
9)Environmental protection, security and resource recycle equipments; cleaning devices, waste liquid treatment, dust and fume extraction, ventilation and air pollution control.
Participation Fee and Facilities
Participation Fee and Facilities n Fee aeend Facilities
Exhibiting Charge
International Standard Booth (3×3=9m2)
Hall A: RMB 12,800/booth Hall B: RMB 10,800/booth Foreign Enterprise: USD2,250/Booth
Bare Ground (minimum 36m2) Hall A: RMB1,380/m2 Hall B: RMB1,180/m2 Foreign Enterprise : USD250/m2
Advertising Catalogue Fee
Cover:RMB 19,800 Back Cover:RMB 18,000 Second Cover:RMB 11,800 Inside Back Cover:RMB 9,800 First Page:RMB 9,800 Color, full page:RMB 4,800 Literal Introduction:RMB 500
Black and White, full page:RMB2,800
Technology Promotion Conference: RMB 4,500
Same Term Activity Collaboration and Sponsor Fee
A:RMB50000 B:RMB30000 C:RMB10000
(Please contact the co-organizer for detail information)
Booth Features
Facilities for the standard booth: three wallboards (two wallboards inthe corner),
Chinese and English fascia (name-board), a table, two chairs, carpeted floor, two exhibition lights and a paper basket.
Free editorial entries within 300 words in the Exhibition Directory for each exhibitor.
For the bare Ground, no facility is provided and the hall management fee is RMB 28/m2.

For Further Details
Wise Exhibition(Guangdong) Co.,Ltd
Add: Room 1802 Huayou Building, No.5 Si You Xin Road, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, P. R. China, 510600
Contact: Kobe Luo Tel:86 20 37599090 Fax:86-20-37599151

EmaiI ex360sf@126.com ,   sfexpo@yahoo.cn 
Website www.sf-expo.cn



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All Kerala Anodisers and Powder Coater's Association Annual General Meet 2012
A report by  K.P. Joy
On the onset, a Big Thank you for making our Annual General Meet, 2012 held at Grand Hotel, Ernakulam on December 15th, 2012 a grand Success.

Nearly 170 Delegate Members from all over Kerala and 21 Exhibition stalls of different Companies dealing products for Metal Coating Industry actively participated.

Talk by Mr. Santharam Shenoy, FCA, on Compounding Sales Tax at 3% for Metal surface Coating works under the purview of Order received from Commissioner Office, Kerala Taxes, Trivandrum filled by AKAPCA., Informative and Educative Presentation by Sri. Vincent J Macheri, MBA. (Ex. Scientist – NLC, NTPL & CPCB ) on ‘Effective Pollution Controlling Methods’ and talk on ‘ Varied Banking Schemes for SME Units’ Divisional Manager, Canara Bank, Ernakulam are some of the highlights of the Programme.

Interactive presentation from Companies like Berger, GuruKrupa Engineers, Kalyan Marketing, WagenR, Talent Associates, Marpol Powders, Peeyem Associates, Titan Paints, Industrial Speciality Chemicals etc. throw light on New Generation Metal Coating Finishing and Techniques.

It was all raining Gifts through out the Programme. More than 100 gifts were distributed to the winners of the Lucky dip Contest and a Bumper Prize – a ‘MEGASTATIC’ Powder coating Gun was presented to the Winner of the Bumper Lucky Dip contest Sri. Santhosh, Sandram Powder Coating,

Stupendous Multi Cuisine Lunch at afternoon and Grand Buffet Dinner with Kerala Delicacies accompanied by Traditional Kerala Music Songs by ‘Nadan Kala Kendram’ marked the end of the Annual General Meet 2012 .

I once again thankyou for the your Support, Co-operation and Blessings which you have extended for the Programme to make this a Memorable one.

Wishing you a Very Happy and a Prosperous New Year.

Shahrukh Khan Talks About his Success at Nerolac Press Meet

Shah Rukh endorses Nerolac paints, and at its press-conference held for its latest initiative titled, “Change the Paint” he spoke about his journey at Bollywood. He also revealed, “feel I was in the industry at the right time and I am very proud and thrilled that lot of things are changing with the films.”

Talking about his initial days in the industry Shahrukh said, “When I came in (Mumbai) that time it was only about romantic films. Now things are changing and the journey has been great. I will keep working till people want to see me."

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SRK and some leftover paint
Kansai Nerolac's brand ambassador Shah Rukh Khan recently launched 'Paint the Change' campaign, that has the company encouraging people to donate unused paints which will be used to paint structures that need a revamp.

Poor demand may hit Nerolac Q3 net: MD
Delayed monsoon and sluggish festive demand are likely to affect the margins of leading paint-maker Nerolac Kansai even in the third quarter of fiscal 2013.

The Mumbai-based company’s profits declined by 20 per cent in the second quarter of the fiscal due to rise in input costs and an overall slowdown in the economy, which hit the automotive, infrastructure and real estate sectors.


However, the company is optimistic of demand picking up this year.

“We expect a good volume growth of 14-15 per cent in this quarter but profits will be under pressure. Crude and raw-material prices have begun to stabilise but that will not help our margins in this quarter. Also, we were affected by the fluctuating rupee in the last few quarters,” said H.M. Bharuka, Managing Director, Nerolac Kansai.

Nerolac clocked sales of Rs 3,500 crore last fiscal and expects a 15 per cent growth in this financial year.


The company has no plans to hike prices in the near future after a 20 per cent price increase in June-July.<more>

Berger Paints - Gathering momentum - IDFC

Berger Paints is the second largest paints company in India with ~18% market share in the decorative paints business. The company exclusively owns the Berger brand in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

- Paints industry volumes have a 1.5-1.6x correlation with GDP. Over the longer term, assuming an annual GDP growth of 7%, Berger expects industry volumes to grow by 11-12% per annum and its own volumes by 100-150bp ahead of the industry with focus on the faster growing premium segment and expanding distribution.

- Increasing focus on the decorative paints segment (currently 80% of the business) and within that premium emulsions will not only drive margin improvement but also improve the working capital cycle and cash flows.

- Berger is setting up a 320,000 tonnes water-based paints plant in Hindpur, to more than double its existing capacity of 250,000 tonnes. The first phase of this expansion will be complete by 1QFY14 and add 80,000 tonnes to capacity.<more>

Paint capacities set to rise 50-70% in coming years
Despite a slowing economy, paint companies are so optimistic about prospects in the Indian marketthat they are set to increase their capacities 50-70% in the coming years. Divyendu Pundhir, MD of Akzo Refinish Division, says the company is looking to increase its capacity 1.75 times by the end of 2014.

“We’re looking at hiking capacity of our units in Hyderabad, Mysore, Gwalior, Mumbai and Bangalore.” Similarly, Nerolac and Berger are going in for capacity addition, reports said. Berger Paints had announced that it is setting up a 3.20 lakh tonne plant at Hindupur in Andhra Pradesh, which will more than double its existing capacity of 2.50 lakh tonne.

The first phase of the Berger expansion will be complete by the first quarter of the next fiscal and will add 80,000 tonne to its existing capacity. On its part, Nerolac is confident that two new plants would help it to attain the target of tripling its revenue to Rs7,200 crore by the end of the next fiscal (Rs2,731 crore at FY12-end).

Asian Paints consolidated income from operations for the quarter up by 19%
Asian Paints has announced its Q3 FY13 financial results. Growth in the 3rd quarter was good for the Decorative business across the country. The quarter witnessed improved demand conditions during Diwali season. The Industrial business was impacted due to poor demand from the projects business and a slowdown in the OEM segment.

Huntsman Corporation eyes US$ 1bn sales in India
Huntsman Corporation, a global producer and marketer of differentiated chemicals, has unveiled its plans to enhance capacities and boost its India revenues to US$ 1 billion by 2018-19.

Operating companies of Huntsman Corporation produce items catering to a wide range of global industries, including textiles.

The newly appointed Vice President and Managing Director, Indian Subcontinent, Steve Stilliard told PTI that they have impressive growth plans for India, and are eyeing capital expenditure of US$ 10 million per annum and annual growth rate of 13 to 15 percent in Indian market, The Economic Times reported.

Having over 1,000 associates, Huntsman’s India sales presently stand at over US$ 500 million, and the company aims to boost this to US$ 1 billion by 2018-19, he added.

Huntsman is also planning to acquire a mid-sized Indian company, which would strengthen its technology and aid its further expansion in the Indian market.

Performance products and advanced materials that find utility in the textile industry and polyurethanes are the key contributors to the firm’s revenues in India.<more>

Dulux Guardian - India’s First IMSL Tested Anti – Bacterial Paint
The first of its kind premium interior emulsion paint with anti-bacterial properties, proven effective against six disease causing bacteria

New Delhi, December 11, 2012: AkzoNobel, the world's largest paints and coating company and the maker of Dulux Paints in India, has launched Dulux Guardian, a unique anti-bacterial paint that promotes a more hygienic environment at home. The first of its kind interior emulsion paint with advanced anti-bacterial properties, Dulux Guardian is proven to be effective against six disease causing bacteria that can be found in homes, hotels, restaurants, hospitals, nursing homes, etc. These bacteria, such as MRSA, E.coli and Salmonella, can cause health problems like blood poisoning, respiratory infections, and intestinal infections.<more>

GM to invest $600 million in Kansas City car plant
KANSAS CITY, KANSAS (Reuters) - General Motors Co on Monday said it will invest $600 million at its assembly plant in Kansas City, Kansas, to build a new paint shop and make other upgrades.
The investment is part of the U.S. automaker's previously announced plan to spend $1.5 billion on its North American plants this year, up from the $436 million last year. GM invests $8 billion annually on its operations globally.
GM Chief Executive Dan Akerson, speaking to hundreds of workers, and state and local officials at the plant, said the last four years at GM had been tough, but the automaker is now in a "renaissance."
"The tide has turned," he said, standing on the Fairfax Assembly Plant's floor in front of Chevrolet Malibu and Buick LaCrosse sedans on the assembly line. "GM is back."<more>

PPG Industries has coatings operations in Oak Creek and Janesville.
PPG Industries Inc. has acquired the assets of Spraylat Corp., according to an announcement Monday from Grace Matthews Inc.
PPG Industries, a coatings and specialty products and services company based in Pittsburgh, has coatings operations in Oak Creek and Janesville.<more>

PPG wins federal award to develop chemical-agent-resistant powder coatings

$1.5 million provided through SERDP for powder topcoat development
PITTSBURGH, Jan. 2, 2013 – PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) announced that it has received a $1.5 million award from the federal government’s Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) to develop a chemical-agent-resistant coating (CARC) in powder form for use on military vehicles and support equipment.
Already qualified by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) as a producer of powder primer for CARC systems, PPG is now collaborating with ARL to fulfill the challenge of developing a powder topcoat that will meet military standards for ultraviolet (UV) durability, matte finish and resistance to chemical agents. The powder topcoat also must be compatible with pretreatment and primer products already developed and approved for CARC applications. To date, no coatings manufacturer has been able to develop a CARC powder topcoat that achieves this required combination of properties using standard powder formulation techniques.
PPG Senior Scientist Lawrence Fitzgerald said, “PPG has developed proprietary processing and resin-synthesis capabilities for powder coatings that we believe will support development of powder CARCs meeting the MIL-PRF-32348 specification.” He added that the project will leverage powder coating technology that earned PPG an R&D 100 Award in 2009.<more>

Jotun opens new ‘Inspiration Centre’ in UAE
The new outlet was inaugurated by top Jotun senior officials
Dubai: Jotun Paints, one of the world’s leading producers and distributors of paints and coatings, has revealed the opening of a new and unique ‘Inspiration Centre’ in Rashidiya, Dubai.
The new outlet was inaugurated by top Jotun senior officials headed by Erik Aaberg, Group Executive Vice-President of Jotun for the Middle East and Biren Arora, General Manager, along with other company executives. Jotun has developed the new centre in partnership with ‘Unique Paints’, one of the company’s key partners who have been instrumental in painting prestigious projects in Dubai like Jumeirah Park, Royal Le Meridien Hotel, Grosvenor House and Mazaya Towers. The opening is also part of Jotun’s ‘Closer to consumer’ initiative, which engages customers through a customer-friendly environment, giving them the opportunity to showcase their ideas and preferences onto their walls.<more>

PPG gets money for chemical-resistant coating
The federal government has given a $1.5 million to PPG Industries for a coating to use on military vehicles that would resist chemical agents.
The funds from the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program builds upon work PPG (NYSE: PPG) has done with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. The powder coating needs to meet a number of standards.
"Combining PPG's coatings expertise with the critical design requirements of the U.S. Army makes this partnership ideal," John Escarsega, who leads the Army Research Laboratory's Organic Coatings Team, said in a prepared statement.<more>

ABB starts up the new cleantech paint factory of ESCARO in Ukraine
ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has announced the start-up of the new paint production facilities, built for ESKARO Group AB in Odessa, Ukraine.



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"Ask Joe Powder" is a question and answer column authored by Kevin Biller of the Powder Coating Research Group. Mr. Biller has over 30 years experience formulating and manufacturing powder coatings. He welcomes your questions regarding powder coating technology. Please write to: askjoepowder@yahoo.com or post your question through the your facebook id http://letsfinishit.com/askjoe.htm

Dear Sir,

We are an automobile aluminum window manufacturer. We use aluminum extrusions for making window and these frames are black epoxy powder coated. In our 3 decades of business experience this is a common phenomena that many frames are rejected due to bad powder coating. As the user of these frames are some of the big automobile company, a slight mistakes are detected and the entire window is rejected.
Now the problem is no one in powder coating industry do re coating, i.e. removing the old coat and then re coat again. Hence the entire window has to be scraped.

Is it that removing powder coat from aluminum is not possible? Or practically not worth?

We also did many experiment to remove coat with various acids & alcohols, however it was not successful or practically viable.

Kindly provide the suggestions.


Manabendra Pathak

Dear Mr. Pathak,

This is a very common problem the world over. Powder coated parts are assembled and sometimes even make it into the field when a serious visual defect is recognized. The challenge is to remedy the finish to the initial specification without having to scrap the part. This problem is multi-faceted and I will attempt to address each issue.

The first problem has to do with the incidence of coating defects reaching the customer, in this case big automotive companies. Obviously your quality programs are not sufficient enough to eliminate the delivery of out-of-specification parts to your customer. Two measures need to be implemented: 1. An improvement in your process and quality control to eliminate the root cause of defects and 2. A better inspection process to eliminate the shipment of bad parts.

Eliminating the root cause through better process control involves a multi-step trouble-shooting program. You will be best served to use a brainstorming session with key production, engineering, sales and quality personnel to:
1. Define and characterize the defect(s)
2. Examine possible causes. (man, method, machine, material, Mother Nature)
3. Qualify and rank possible causes.
4. Collect data to characterize defects.
5. Explore and recommend remediation actions to eliminate root cause(s).
6. Implement remediation measures.
7. Continually monitor quality and adjust processes and procedures as necessary.

Concurrent to your root cause analysis efforts it will be wise to improve your inspection process to catch out-of-specification parts before they are packaged for shipment to your customer. Catching parts prior to packaging will allow you to reprocess them much more easily than after they have left your facility or worse, after they have been assembled by your customer. Your inspection process should employ highly trained individuals who can identify defects. It is very helpful to take photographs of typical defects and have the pictures prominently displayed in your inspection area. The operators should be aware of what constitutes a defect and what quality is acceptable. You should also keep daily records of defects and post the data on a board in the finishing/inspection area. Include definitive goals for quality.

As for fixing unacceptable parts once they have been assembled by your customer, this where I recommend a non-powder coating solution. You should work in conjunction with a liquid paint supplier to provide a touch-up paint to repair defects on assembled parts. It is requisite to work closely with the paint supplier to ensure acceptable adhesion of the touch-up paint to your powder coating. Likewise it is important to collaborate on the specific process to repair the defects (i.e. identification of defect, sanding, cleaning, film thickness of touch-up, color requirements, etc.)

I do not recommend using a powder coating to repair an already assembled part, nor do I think it is wise to completely strip the powder coating if the defect can be ameliorated by sanding followed by cleaning and the application of a liquid touch-up paint.

The bottom line – focus on not producing defects and therefore eliminate the need for fixing bad parts that have left your facility. Best of luck.

Joe Powder



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