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Five important factors to consider when searching for a powder coating supplier

Posted by IndustryNet on Thursday, June 8, 2017

100000044_powder coatings (2)According to IndustryNet, there are 970 powder coating companies employing 17,675 nationally, up 5.4 percent from last year. Sales in the industry have topped $6.7 billion annually. Powder coating is very much a local industry, with 87 percent of companies focused on domestic distribution and 41 percent of those companies focused locally.

Your search for the right powder coating supplier might begin with some of the more obvious considerations like cost and turnaround time. However, there are many additional factors you might want to consider before taking the time to request a quote or contact a supplier. Here are just a few that might help you save time and money, and get your project off the ground.

1. Durability

Probably the most important element of a good powder coating job is durability, and so it’s important to look at what materials are being used to ensure the job will last. Is the coating age-proof? Scratch resistant? Can it hold up to the elements? Is the coating type a good match for kind of surface I need? B.L. Downey Company, based in Broadview, Illinois specializes in Plastisol Coating, which is perfect for tool grips, playgrounds, medical equipment and other items for which a durable, gripping surface is required. Glossy or matte, it is scratch and age resistant, and comes in virtually any color as well as clear.

2. Pre-treatment capabilities

In order to produce a durable, attractive finish that won’t dull or crack, it is essential to find a company that will thoroughly prepare your parts prior to a powder coat. Protective Coating Specialists in Huron, South Dakota works primarily in the agriculture, construction and utility industries and holds certifications for John Deere, Caterpillar, CNH and Terex. They utilize reverse osmosis to thoroughly clean parts prior to coating and will transport larger items.

3. Eco-friendliness

With so many EPA regulations governing powder coating applications, it helps to have a supplier that can provide coatings that are both durable and environmentally sustainable. BEPC Powder Coating out of Wichita, Kansas, serves numerous industries, including aviation, transportation, manufacturing and appliances. They specialize in long-lasting, eco-friendly powder coating. Their large-batch oven allows them to quickly and easily fulfill large orders.

4. Color accuracy/consistency

Getting the right color and an even surface takes a great deal of fine tuning, and requires the hand of a skilled craftsperson. Britt Industries in Arlington Heights, Illinois is a family-owned business for a more one-on-one customer experience. Britt processes each piece through a four-stage cleaning prior to powder coating to ensure a high-quality finish for all jobs large and small. Britt Industries ensures consistency and color accuracy by utilizing daylight balanced lighting arrays.

5. Scalability

Powder coating jobs are not one-size-fits-all propositions. Some suppliers just don’t have the facilities to handle your large-volume powder coat job in a timely manner, and so you’ll want to check out their turnaround time and capabilities for large-run jobs beforehand. Family-owned Industrial Powder Coatings Southwest, out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is the largest custom powder coater in the city. As such, Industrial Powder offers both large batch capabilities and high-volume automated lines. They specialize in such diverse pieces as oil field equipment, ornamental ironwork and electric cases.

Starting your search

The company examples noted here are just a few of the hundreds of powder coating suppliers listed on IndustryNet. Whether you’re looking to obtain a quote or searching for accurate information on potential partners and providers in the powder coating industry (and beyond), starting your free search on IndustryNet will help get your project moving forward.

Do you have additional pointers on finding a powder coating supplier not listed here? If so, please feel free to post your thoughts below.

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