Nylon Powder Coating vs 'Traditional' Powder Coating
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
To say that one is better than the other would be like saying apples are better than oranges. It is a subjective opinion for sure. Objectively however, it would depend on the desired end result.
'Traditional' powder coating is a dry finishing technique that requires an electrostatic charge to bond the powder to a metal substrate. It is one of the most common finishing methods, representing more than 15% of the industrial finishing market. This powder coating offers a high quality, durable finish with good production efficiencies. These epoxy based coatings are available in almost an unlimited range of colours, with a relatively low cost price point.
Nylon powder is a patented organic product, made from Castor beans, providing a much lower environmental impact, while also offering superior thermal and wear protection. It is a must in high performance applications, such as automotive, military, furniture and medical where parts 'take a beating.' Like epoxy based coatings, nylon is very attractive, and goes on thin, at .004 to .030 thousandths of an inch.
Plastico Industries is a nylon powder coater, offering both fluidized bed (dip) options and the ability to spray parts. By comparison, the cost per part is typically higher with nylon, however, with less re-work and quality concerns, long term, nylon provides an outstanding cost performance ratio.
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