Powder coating is the coat of dry powder that is applied as a surface finishing technique. There are two types of powder used in powder coating. The first one is called thermoplastic powder. The thermoplastic powder is capable of melting when it is exposed to heat. The other type is the thermosetting powder. The thermosetting powder does not melt when it is exposed to heat.
A powder coating can be used in different types of vehicles, especially on motorcycles. There are some advantages of using powder coating instead of using the regular liquid paint. The manufacturing of powder coating produces less hazardous materials that can harm the environment. This type of paint also produces a thicker coating that is equivalent to 2 or more coatings of the regular paint.
Here are some tips on powder coating for a motorcycle:
- Clean Motorcycle. Before powder coating your motorcycle, you need to make sure that all the parts are clean. Be extra meticulous when it comes to the wheels and the rims of the motorcycle, as this is where most of the dirt and grime gets stuck. Also, wash off all the oils and greases on the body of the motorcycle, as the presence of these may prevent the powder coating from sticking to the surface.
- Equipment. Be sure that you have all the equipment that you are going to use for the powder coating job. For the powder coating, you will need an oven that is big enough for all the parts that you are going to powder coat. It is not advisable to use a gas oven or an oven that you use for food, as the chemical in the powder coating may react with the gas or may contaminate the oven. Also, be sure to have protective gear, such as goggles and gloves.
- Colors and Finish. You also have to have an idea of the colors and the finish that you want for your motorcycle. Powder coating is usually used as a protective coating for the motorcycle. The powder can be applied as a spray coating on the vehicle. You have the choice to have a ceramic coating, metal coating or metal finishing. Powder coating is not good for materials that are made of plastic, fiberglass or nylon.
- Powder Coating. Powder coating your motorcycle can be a simple process. The first thing you have to do is to spray the powder coat over the parts of the motorcycle that you want colored or coated. The powder sticks to the surface of the motorcycle because of its electrostatic charge. After powder coating the different parts, you can heat them up in an oven having a temperature of 180 degrees Celsius. Heat the parts for about 20 minutes. The powder that was applied to the parts is heated. The powder melts and sticks to the surface of the motorcycle. When the heating process is done, remove the parts from the oven and allow them to dry for about 30 minutes.
These are some of the tips when powder coating your motorcycle. If you are not sure what to do, you can inquire with a motorcycle shop, and you can have them do the powder coating for you.