Metallic powder coatings: Identifying and solving potential application problems
People like to be dazzled by shiny things, especially when it comes to buying products. Powder coatings that come in special effects, such as metallics, veins, textures, and speckles, provide eye-catching appearances to things such as automobiles and office furniture. But special-effect powder coatings create challenges that applicators need to understand and overcome. This article is intended to be a guide for applicators to help them identify problems and correct them within their application system.
Metallic powder coatings are those that contain pigments based on metallic flake, mica, or other material that creates a color change. Metallics are a popular choice for powder coatings because they provide a wide variety of appearances. Despite their popularity, metallics bring a new set of potential application problems when compared with solid colors.