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Powder Coating Verses Paint Durability

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At Electro Tech Coatings, we love to see our client’s items transform in ways that totally surpass expectations. However, many people miss out on the utility of powder coating because they don’t understand what it is or the ways in which it can be used. This finishing process is superior to paint, and well worth the investment. Would you like to know more about powder coating? Here are some of the frequently asked questions we receive from new clients:

  • What is powder coating? Powder coating is a process of applying a decorative and protective finish to a variety of materials. A dry mixture of resins, fillers, and pigments are applied electrostatically to metal objects. Then, the object is heated so that the power melts and fuses together into a “skin” on the exterior of the object.
  • What can be powder coated? Any object that can hold an electrostatic charge and withstand the heat of the curing process can be powder coated. Popular items include bicycle frames, vehicle parts, outdoor furniture, metal fencing, industrial fabrications, and more.
  • Why is powder coating better than painting? Powder coating is more environmentally friendly than traditional paint because it has no solvents or VOCs. Additionally, powder coating is one of the most durable and long-lasting finishes available.
  • What colors are available? Virtually any color you desire can be created for your project, and you can also get custom finishes or special effects like glitter or antiquing. The customization options are endless.

With so many benefits of powder coating, this process offers an ideal finish that will last for many years. The team at Electro Tech enjoys introducing new clients to the powder coating process, as well as the many ways that it can revolutionize the way they look at custom finishes.

To learn more or to get a quote for your own project, contact us today at 760-746-0292!

San Diego powder Coating by Electro Tech Coatings serves all of San Diego county and surrounding areas.

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Rehab and Restoration Of Household Metal Items With Powder Coating

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Rehab and Restoration Movements—How Smart Innovators are Transforming Trash into Design Treasures

If you have checked out rehab and makeover shows on networks like HGTV and the DIY Network, you have probably seen clever people transform what seems like trash into treasures. They decorate homes, yards, and commercial spaces for pennies on the dollar, because they use inexpensive or found objects and restore them in modern ways. These enterprising individuals have inspired a movement toward imaginative repurposing, and some followers even use their skills to upcycle items for profit. If you have been bitten by the proverbial rehab/restore bug, you are not alone. However, before you get started, you need to learn more about the ways in which various items can be restored or transformed. For example, when it comes to many metal items, power coating services offer an excellent way to transform tired or damaged pieces into like-new beautiful objects.

If you are new to the concept of powder coating, this process utilizes colored powder applied electrostatically to metal items and heat-cured to form a durable finish. You probably see plenty of powder-coated items in your everyday life, such as bike frames, kitchen mixers, playground equipment, outdoor furniture, and vehicle parts. With so many custom powder coating colors and finishes, this medium is as versatile as paint but provides the durability metal needs. What are some finds that you could powder coat for your home or to sell for profit? The possibilities are endless, but popular items include metal bed frames, antique light fixtures or lamps, bird cages, patio furniture, older bicycle frames, metal picture or mirror frames, and even tools.

If you are interested in powder coating furniture, household good or other items on your rehab and restoration efforts, contact Electro Tech Coatings for a quote. We can help you discover the many applications of this finish, and have you turning those salvaged finds into design showcases for your home or for sale. Call us today at (760) 746-0292.

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Powder Coating Wheels In A Variety Of Colors

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We Dream in Color… Why Can’t Your Wheels?

Nowadays, it seems as if automobile manufacturers listen a little too closely to the focus groups their marketing departments arrange when it comes to choosing color palettes for current and upcoming vehicles. How many versions of grey can exist at once by a single manufacturer? As it turns out, quite a few! Admittedly, in business, one is taught to give the customer what they want. While the majority of the car buying public may be fine with multiple shades of grey, true automotive enthusiasts will agree that there’s no fun in that!

The car is supposed to be an expression of ourselves, and we dream in color!

However, not everyone has the financial means to properly paint their vehicle a unique hue. This is where custom powder coating wheels can provide your pride and joy with a unique look that can withstand almost anything the open road throws at them… All for less than you might expect!

For over 20 years, Electro Tech Powder Coating has proudly and skillfully met the needs of countless individuals and businesses throughout the San Diego County area. We have always believed in getting the job done right the first time and on time. We’ve proven to be leaders in offering custom powder coating services, all the while treating clients like family.

Contact us today at (760) 746-0292 to receive a FREE estimate and discover why discerning clients trust Electro Tech for all their powder coating needs!

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Personalize Your BMX With Custom Powder Coating

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Electro Tech Coatings can personalize your BMX bike and make it even more awesome!

Since its creation in the early 1970’s, Bicycle Motocross (BMX) has become an exciting, competitive outlet for countless children and young adults around the world. What started as a relatively humble desire for kids to emulate their motocross heroes has grown into global phenomenon that is now overseen by several sanctioning bodies. Indeed, the popularity of BMX is showing no signs of slowing down almost 50 years later!

Part of the allure of BMX racing is the endless personalization possibilities that exist with respect to choosing custom colors and graphic patterns. As simplistic as the frames, forks, and wheels seem, the only limitations present are those of the human imagination… That’s where Electro Tech BMX Powder Coating can help. We have been a leader in powder coating bikes in the San Diego area for years. Thanks to its highly durable, chip-resistant finish, powder coating compliments the rough and tumble nature of competitive BMX racing perfectly.

For over 20 years, Electro Tech Powder Coating has proudly and skillfully met the needs of countless individuals and businesses throughout the San Diego County area. We have always believed in getting the job done right the first time and on time. We’ve proven to be leaders in offering custom powder coating services, all the while treating clients like family.

Contact us today at (760) 746-0292 to receive a FREE estimate and discover why discerning clients trust Electro Tech for all their powder coating needs!

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The Durability Of Powder-Coated Metal

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Metals that are powder coated can last thousands of hours in durability testing.

The various types of metals found in nature, along with the alloys man has created from combining them, helped shape modern society. From everyday eating utensils to awe-inspiring skyscrapers, metals and alloys

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form an integral part of our lives. This reliance has meant that we subject these materials to conditions that cause their demise in numerous ways. The most physically apparent is corrosion.

One of the most common tests conducted on metals and their alloys is the salt-spray test. This controlled test simulates the corrosion resistance of coated and uncoated metals when subjected to a five-percent salt solution. If this doesn’t sound like much, consider that seawater averages around two to three percent. Coated metals typically fare better than uncoated metals; among them, the most resilient are those that have been powder coated. In salt-spray tests, super durable powder coating techniques have enabled metal components to remain unfazed after 2,000 to 3,000 hours in the chamber.

For over 20 years, Electro Tech Powder Coating has proudly and skillfully met the needs of countless individuals and businesses throughout the San Diego County area. We have always believed in getting the job done right the first time and on time. We’ve proven to be leaders in offering custom powder coating services, all the while treating clients like family.

Contact us today at (760) 746-0292 to receive a FREE estimate and discover why discerning clients trust Electro Tech for all their powder coating needs.

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Where To Get Custom Powder Coating Near Me

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Some Things are Best Left to the Powder Coating Professionals. In Short….Don’t Try This At Home!

The Age of the Internet has allowed countless people to share their ideas globally. People halfway around the world could learn from, utilize, or improve upon what they saw moments earlier. Among the most profound are simple, everyday tricks, shortcuts, or creative alternatives that allow someone to increase productivity and efficiency.

We know them as life hacks.

One such life hack allows for powder coating metal parts from the comfort of home. Truthfully, powder coating should never be conducted inside the home. Its popularity arose around the premise of repurposing an old oven for baking the powder coat onto objects, thus allowing the DIY-er to avoid paying professionals. While acquiring an old oven is easy, it may not be large enough to accommodate larger parts. Additionally, the quality of the powder coat gun and, more importantly, powder quality itself, varies from vendor to vendor. All of which reinforce why some things are best left to the professionals.

For over 20 years, Electro Tech Powder Coating has proudly and skillfully met the needs of countless individuals and businesses throughout the San Diego County area.

We have always believed in getting the job done right the first time and on time. We’ve proven to be leaders in offering custom powder coating services, all the while treating clients like family. Contact us today at (760) 746-0292 to receive a free estimate and discover why discerning clients (including a not-insignificant number of proud DIY-ers) trust Electro Tech for all their powder coating needs.

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Powder Coating’s About More than Just the Looks

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With powder coating, your motorcycle or car will look as fast as it actually is!

So you’re considering powder coating your motorcycle body? You’ve come to the right shop. It’s the smart move for anyone looking to extend the life of his bike. Not to mention, it looks pretty damn cool, too.

But powder coating, foremost, serves a practical purpose. Those custom fenders and gas tank, expensive as they are, are still prone to corrosion. If Mother Nature doesn’t eat them up, the chemicals that cover the road, intentional and otherwise, will. And it takes a lot less time than you’re thinking. Powder coating, more so than any other kind, will safeguard your bike from all of it—the constant barrage of sand, errant gravel and debris, humidity.

That out of the way, back to the part that piqued your interest in the first place: the looks. Powder coating can breathe new life into those parts, even if they’re not that old to begin with. And it’ll keep them looking that way for years to come. Better yet, it’s a means to color the wheels in a uniform hue, too, creating a truly custom look.

When the time comes to pull the trigger—and it will—count us in. Electro Tech is one of the longest-standing powder coating shops in San Diego. Our 13,000-square foot shop is manned by a staff of 20 strong that’s split between two shifts daily, which means that we can provide your bike the same personal and perfectionist attention it receives in your hands.

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Where Every Bike Frame Powder Coating Job is Custom

We’ve come to expect everything to be within easy reach, from the answers to our strange, spur-of-the-moment questions to our groceries to our mates, for this weekend and forever. But that constant convenience hasn’t come cheaply. We’ve isolated ourselves behind our phones and tablets. And, in turn, we’ve lost some of our appreciation for the subtle nuances of life, including the things we’ve wrought with our own hands. That way of life hasn’t disappeared entirely, but it’s fading fast. We take a lot of pride in being one of its last thriving outposts.

Here, at Electro Tech Powder Coating—and this, we know, is going to start to sound like a commercial, but it’s our honest experience—every customer offers up a new challenge, whether it’s powder coating a bike frame or a local fabricator’s limited run, we approach each piece with careful consideration for its unique features. Sure, there’s overlap in our work, but there are also always specific issues with everything that comes through our San Diego powder coating shop. The methodology serves as a template, but, ultimately, how a given piece is treated is determined by our small, but well experienced, crew, usually after a bit of problem-solving.

Some industries lend themselves to mass production, but ours does not. To us, custom powder coating is a redundant description because the very practice, by nature, is specific to the task at hand. Call us old-school craftsmen, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. Nor would, apparently, our ever-loyal customers.

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Why Powder Coating Is Better Than Painting

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The distinction between powder coating and painting extends below the surface

You’re probably already somewhat aware of how, exactly, powder coating is better than painting. You’re reading this on a powder coating shop’s blog, after all. For one, powder coating goes on evenly and leaves a clean, smooth finish that’s free of runs, whereas paint tends to leave spray patterns and brush strokes in even the most careful applications. And it can pull away from the edges as the paint cures. The thickness of paint can vary, too, which makes runs and sags more pronounced.

But the distinction goes even deeper than what you see on the surface. Powder coating is thermally bonded to the metal, which creates better adhesion and prevents chipping. Paint, on the other hand—well, we all know how easily paint can get nicked up.

Just how durable is powder coating? Let’s put it this way: Powder coating comprises 15 percent of all protective coatings today, and that share’s only increasing. It’s not just its versatility—almost anything metal can be powder coated—it’s also its strength. Powder coating doesn’t prevent rust, but it is more resistant to the elements and everyday wear and tear than paint, again, because it can be applied thicker.

And if you really want to get technical about it, powder coating emits zero to near-zero volatile organic compounds, which, the EPA’s found, can cause cancer, as well as damage to the liver, kidneys and central nervous system. Powder coating overspray can also be recycled. The same, obviously, can’t be said of paint.

But painting, you’re thinking, allows for more flexibility with the color. With the right amount of mixing in the right hands, you’ve got that neon yellow you’ve been pining for. A valid point, but it’s a myth. We do custom powder coating colors. Neon yellow? No problem. Point. Game. Match.

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What Exactly Is Powder Coating?

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A Very Non-Technical Description of the Powder Coating Process

You’ve seen it enough to know you love the look of it. And you’ve probably heard a lot about it. But you’re still wondering, what is powder coating? We’ll answer that question here, once and for all, by tracing the fundamental steps of the process.

We start with sandblasting with garnet sand, which serves two purposes: One, it deep-cleans the surface and, two, it also scours the surface, which improves adhesion. From there, we run over the piece by hand with steel wool, removing as many of the remaining imperfections as we can. Then we clear the resulting debris with an air gun and apply the masking, if it’s necessary.

The piece is then hung from a cart and placed inside our 400-degree walk-in oven for a brief period. This initial baking, as it’s called, is designed to expel internal gases and, in the process, increase the piece’s temperature, which helps the powder adhere and flow out sooner.

It’s finally time, now, for the powder coating. Electrically-charged powder is applied with a piece of equipment that looks like an elaborate paint gun while the part remains in place, grounded on the cart on which it was baked. As soon as the application is completed, the piece is returned to the walk-in oven for another round of baking. When the powder is baked, the resins and fillers in the powder melt and fuse together to form the finished appearance, which feels as smooth as it looks—after it cools.

If all of this has now left you wondering, why is powder coating better than painting, the result mostly speaks for itself. The finish is thicker and, in turn, more durable, than paint without the countless coats that paint would have required. And it’s less expensive. For any of your items that need a powder coat in San Diego, contact Electro Tech Coatings at (760) 746-0292 and we’ll provide you with a free estimate and answer any questions you have. See for yourself. Contact us

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