Frequently Asked Questions
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WHAT IS POWDER COATING?
POWDER COATING IS A PROCEDURE WHERE YOU CLEAN THE ITEM, SAND BLAST IT TO GIVE IT A PROFILE FOR ADHESION, AND THEN APPLY A CHEMICAL PRE-TREATMENT FOR PROTECTION. ONCE THE COLOR IS CHOSEN, THE POWDER IS THEN APPLIED TO THE METAL. THE PART IS THEN PUT IN A CURE OVEN FOR A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF TIME AT A SPECIFIED TEMPERTURE. THERE THE POWDER FLOWS INTO A LIQUID FORM AND IS CURED INTO A HARD PROTECTIVE COATING. AS SOON AS THE PART COOLS IT IS READY TO BE PUT IN USE.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN POWDER COATING AND LIQUID PAINT?
POWDER COATING IS ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY AND MORE DURABLE THAN LIQUID PAINT. IT IS RESISTANT TO CHIPPING, SCRATCHING, AND FADING. POWDER COATING HAS BEEN AROUND FOR MANY YEARS, THEREFORE MANY MORE PEOPLE ARE GOING THIS ROUTE BECAUSE OF THE DURABILITY OF THIS PROCEDURE.

HOW LONG WILL POWDER COATING LAST?
POWDER COATING ITEMS CAN LAST MANY YEARS DEPENDING ON HOW WELL YOU TAKE CARE OF THEM.

IS POWDER COATING HEAT SAFE?
ALMOST ALL ITEMS THAT ARE POWDER COATED ARE PUT INTO A 400 DEGREE OVEN TO CURE ITEMS, SUCH AS, CAR PARTS , STOVETOPS, ECT., ITEMS OR PARTS THAT WILL BE EXPOSED TO INTENSE HEAT.

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST TO HAVE MY PARTS POWDER COATED?
EVERY JOB IS DIFFERENT; FOR EXAMPLE, IF YOU BRING IN AN ITEM THAT IS STRIPPED AND CLEAN THEN THE PRICE WILL BE LESS THAN IF YOU WERE TO BRING IT TO US COVERED IN RUST, GREASE OR LAYERS OF PAINT ON IT.

WHAT CAN BE POWDER COATED?
ANY ITEM THAT IS MADE OF METAL, SUCH AS, STEEL, ALUMINUM, TITANIUM, BRONZE, COPPER, ETC. WE CANNOT POWDER COAT MAGNESIUM.

WHAT COLORS DO YOU HAVE/LOOKING FOR A SPECIFIC COLOR OR TEXTURE?
THERE ARE OVER 6,000 COLORS AND MANY TEXTURES IN POWDER COATING. POWDER COATING OFFERS CANDY, METALLIC, HIGH, MEDIUM, AND LOW GLOSS AS WELL AS TEXTURED. WITH POWDER COATING WE CAN ACHIEVE THE COLOR AND/OR TEXTURE YOU WANT.


WHAT IS YOUR TURN AROUND TIME?
DEPENDING ON HOW THE ITEM IS BROUGHT TO US CAN DEPEND ON HOW LONG IT WILL TAKE. EACH PIECE WILL BE SAND BLASTED, STRIPPED OR CHEMICALLY TREATED. IT WILL ALSO DEPEND IF YOU WANT US TO MASK IT OR APPLY MANY COATS TO THE PIECE.

HOW DURABLE IS POWDER COATING?
POWDER COATING IS RESISTANT TO CHIPPING, SCRATCHING, AND FADING. POWDER COATING FINISHES LAST MUCH LONGER AND IS MORE DURABLE THAN LIQUID PAINT. POWDER COATING IS ELECTRO STATIC, THEREFORE, IT WRAPS AROUND THE PIECE YOU ARE POWDER COATIING AND COVERS EDGE TO EDGE WITH NO POSSIBILITY OF RUNS OR DRIPS. 

WILL POWDER COATING HIDE OR REMOVE IMPERFECTIONS?
POWDER COATING WILL NOT HIDE OR REMOVE THE IMPERFECTIONS ON YOUR ITEM. YOUR PART MUST BE DENT AND SCRATCH FREE TO HAVE A SMOOTH AND CLEAN FINISH.

HOW BIG OF AN ITEM CAN YOU POWDER COAT?
OUR OVEN MEASURES 7’W x 8’H x 12’L, SO WE CAN ACCOMMODATE MUCH LARGER ITEMS.

CAN YOU SEND ME COLOR CHARTS/SAMPLES?
IF YOU ARE UNCERTAINED ABOUT WHICH COLOR YOU WANT TO GO WITH, WE CAN PROVIDE A FEW SAMPLES FOR YOU TO HELP YOU WITH YOUR DECISION.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF HAVING AN ITEM CLEAR COATED?
THE ADVANTAGES OF HAVING AN ITEM CLEAR COATED IS THAT IT GIVES IT A SECOND LAYER OF PROTECTION. YOU SHOULD USE A CLEAR COAT ON ANYTHING THAT IS EXPOSED TO ELEMENTS THAT COULD MAKE YOUR PART FADE.

DO YOU RECOMMEND CLEAR COAT?
CLEAR COAT IS ONLY NEEDED WITH CERTAIN COLORS, SUCH AS SILVER METALLICS. MOST POWDERS DO NOT REQUIRE A CLEAR COAT.

WHAT IS THE PRICE DIFFE NCE OF HAVING AN ITEM CLEAR COATED VERSUS NOT HAVING IT CLEAR COATED?
TO HAVE A CLEAR COAT ADDED IS TYPICALLY 50% MORE OF WHAT THE JOB WAS ORIGINALLY QUOTED.

WHAT IF I HAVE RUST ON MY PART?
MOST RUST CAN BE REMOVED FROM SAND BLASTING, BUT DEPENDING ON HOW BAD THE RUST IS, THE FINAL FINISH MIGHT NOT BE AS SMOOTH DUE TO PITTING.

HOW DO YOU PROTECT HOLES AND THREADS ON THE PART?
WE HAVE TENIQUES OF USING SILICONE PLUGS AND HIGH HEAT TAPE TO PROTECT ANY THREADED AREA.

HOW CAN I SAVE MONEY?
YOU CAN SAVE MONEY IF YOU BRING YOUR PART/PARTS IN ALREADY STRIPPED AND CLEAN. THAT SAVES US TIME IN PREPPING YOUR PART.


DO YOU ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS/HOW DO I PAY?
WE ACCEPT CASH AND ALL MAJOR CREDIT CARDS, VISA, DISCOVER, MASTER CARD, AMERICAN EXPRESS, DEBIT, ECT. NO PERSONAL CHECKS PLEASE. IF WE HAVE TO SHIP YOUR ITEM TO YOU, WE WOULD LIKE PAYMENT IN ADVANCE.

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
WE ARE LOCATED AT 4704 TRABUE ROAD NEAR HILLIARD, OHIO CLOSE TO I-70 AND 270.

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