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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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San Diego Bike Frame Powder Coating

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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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Powder Coating

Completely Customized BMX Bike

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If you thought your bike frame was a thing of beauty, just wait!

We Powder Coat Bicycles
Just ask Adam’s nephew, Colton, about the BMX bike he had coated in a bright “ANTIFREEZE”. WE HAVE COLORS COLORS COLORS!
There is no limit to the combinations of colors and textures available.

You took the time and spent the money to upgrade your Mongoose L100 to your precise specs—Animal Butcher pegs, Odyssey A+ wheels and Ross V2 tires, Fyxation Gates pedals. And it’s everything you imagined it would be: stiff as carbon, light as air and completely indestructible. You’re turning heads before you even pull a single stunt. But the fact that you can freestyle means that you truly own that machine.

And yet, there’s still something missing. There’s not a stock part attached to that beautiful frame, but it still doesn’t feel entirely your own. Then it hit you. Google “bike frame powder coating” and get yourself a custom look.

You’ve had a color scheme in mind all along. But it didn’t occur to you until a couple minutes ago that the one piece you didn’t swap out was up for consideration, too. You don’t have to live with a factory finish. In fact, we can even move the discussion beyond basic black, royal blue and neon pink. Everything we powder coat is a custom job. So this is your chance to conjure up something truly one-of-a-kind. Let there be no misunderstanding when you ride out of here; this is your bike, and your bike alone.

Powder coating bikes is what we do, so allow us to describe just how smart the decision is that you’re about to make.

Powder coating is more durable than paint. If you thought your bike could take a beating before, it’ll barely break a sweat now. Not only will you find the color you want, we can also adjust the gloss and make it especially resilient against savage conditions (and you).

Every other choice you made here was guided by performance and looks. This one is no different. Your frame’s going to hold up to wear even better now, and it’ll look like a beast from the top of the food chain as it does. That’s a lot to live up to, but we’re sure you can handle it. Call us today at 760-746-0292 (North San Diego area) and lets get your BMX powder coated customized!

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Powder Coating For Bikes In Over 200 colors

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A Reliable Partner for Independent Fabricators

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Just like you, we’re building our business one customer at a time

One of the most difficult aspects of being an independent fabricator is outsourcing any part of the process. You’ve gone out on your own because you’re confident in your ability. But, your time and resources are limited;you can’t do everything yourself. And because your business is relatively unknown, your margin for error for developing a network of subcontractors that meets your exacting specs is minimal, at best. A wrong turn, maybe two, could be the end of your dream.

We are a family-owned and -operated powder coating shop—the few among us who aren’t family members may as well be. We specialize in custom production work like yours. We operate a batch-oven system, along with another small oven for especially intricate projects, which affords us a great deal of flexibility with orders of all sizes and shapes. So whether it’s a one-off or a full run, we’ll dedicate the same kind of meticulous attention that your product received in your shop prior to its arrival. And we’re right in the industrial hub of North San Diego County, within easy reach of the Barham/Woodland Parkway exit, so dropping off and picking up are two less potential headaches.

And then there’s the powder coating itself, the benefits of which you’re likely already fully aware —the durability, the affordability, the super-clean aesthetic. But there’s even more than that. Yes, we specialize in custom powder coating services, but we’ve also developed a pretty stout reputation through the years for our custom powder coating colors. Come to us with a particular look in mind for your component, and we’ll help you realize it. Just because you’re independent doesn’t mean you should have to compromise. We both are more agile than the large outfits—at least, that’s the way we’ve always approached it.

When you’re building a business a customer at a time, you need partners that you can fully rely on. We’d like to count ourselves among them. But don’t take our word for it. Contact us at 760-746-0292 for a free quote, and allow us to prove our worth.

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How Durable Are Powder-Coated Wheels

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You Love the Look, But Just How Durable Are Powder-Coated Wheels?

You arrived here because you were sitting at an intersection today when you caught a gunmetal Range Rover with matte-black wheels rolling past in the other direction. And you thought, for about the three hundredth time this month, I want that!

Those wheels, they’re following you everywhere—Mission Valley, Trader Joe’s, the movies, the beach. It’s fair to say you’ve been lusting after them longer than any girl of recent memory. And now it seems you’re finally ready to act upon it. Sure, you’ve pined over countless sets of wheels plenty of times before—so much so that you’ve become deeply paranoid about people looking over your shoulder while you’re staring down at your phone in line—but now you’re forming a game plan: to paint or powder-coat?

What is powder coating?

It’s a resin-based product that’s made from a combination of ingredients that varies slightly depending on the desired outcome. Basically, the formula can be tweaked to make the powder coating especially resistant to corrosion, or high-gloss or durable.

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 because it’s applied thicker, which also gives it a cleaner finished look.

But the looming question remains, can you get those wheels in matte black? Yep. We do custom powder coating colors.

You know what you need to do now: Contact us for a free estimate of the cost to powder coat your wheels. It’s time to flip the script on that drive-by and leave someone else flush with envy.

 

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San Diego’s Most In-demand Fabricators

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Southern California metal fabricators, allow us to introduce ourselves.

We are the partner you’ve been holding out for. Our experience makes us one of the longest-running powder coating shops in San Diego. And with that experience comes an expertise that matches your own. Over the last couple of decades, we’ve encountered just about every conceivable challenge, and found our way through each time.

You’re here because the benefits of powder coating are indisputable. It’s more durable and resistant to corrosion and the elements than paint. That out of the way, we can spare you the sales pitch. What you need to know is how Electro Tech Powder Coating can help you keep up with your ever-growing demand. So here are the essential details:

  • Our 13,000-square foot shop is located in San Marcos, North San Diego County’s industrial hub, which makes deliveries and pick-ups easy, even for your large loads.
  • Our gas-fired batch oven system can accommodate your largest pieces. It also provides us with a greater measure of flexibility with custom projects like yours.
  • And we employ a staff of 20 strong that’s split between two shifts daily.

What all this boils down to is, we can provide your production run, however small or large, with the same personal and perfectionist attention that it received in your hands. And we can do it quickly. Which means you’ll be able to get back to focusing on what you do best, and more of it.

For a free estimate of the cost of powder coating your next project, contact us. There’s work to be done. Let’s get down to it.

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Why Is Powder Coating Better Than Painting

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You pulled a major coup. Last week, wandering through Kobey’s Summer Night Market, you turned the corner, and there they were: a pair of midcentury metal patio chairs, the kind that are being snatched up for a couple hundred bucks apiece on eBay. They looked their age (and then some), but structurally, they were sound. You handed over $30 for them, loaded them into the back of your car and waited until you were tucked into the driver’s seat to let a wide smile spread across your face.

 

But now what? You know you need to get these chairs looking pristine to rake in your rightful profit. A coating

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(or 10) of spray paint’s not going to cut it. A quick search told you, at least, that powder coating is better than painting (because it’s, foremost in this case, more durable and resistant to corrosion), which led you here. Good move.

What can you powder coat?

So let us tell you how we can help. First, we’ve been around for over two decades, so yours isn’t the first piece of patio furniture we’ve come across. In fact, if you’ve started to wonder, at this point, What, exactly, can you powder coat, the answer would be shorter if we listed what you couldn’t. Almost 15 percent of all protective coatings applied today are powder coating, and that number’s steadily rising.

 

We can develop a custom powder coating color to restore your chairs to their original high-gloss cherry red, or, if you’re catering to a more modern-minded buyer, a semi-gloss gunmetal. And we use a batch oven system that provides us with a greater measure of flexibility with custom projects, which translates to a faster turnaround. So you’ll have those chairs online before the week’s end.

 

The vintage finds may not come as easily as this one. But once they do, know that you can turn to Electro Tech Powder Coating in San Diego to help you capitalize.

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