Here at Manchester Powder Coating, we have a 2m x 2m oven which can accommodate many of our clients’ needs.
From bike frames to gates we have your powder coating needs to be taken care of.
Powder Coating alloy wheels can be used for a variety of colour changes. Sometimes you might want to update your wheels to match your existing manufacturer’s paint finish. Or even to match your new vinyl wrap that you might have had installed thanks to our sister company Auto Wrap Manchester.
Our expert wheel technicians use state of the art alloy wheel refurbishment machines and powder coating guns. Our technicians will use this to either refurbish or replicate the original manufacturing process for powder coating alloys.
What is Powder Coating?
Powder coating is a process that uses a free-flowing, dry powder that puts a coating on an item electrostatically. This application method uses a spray gun, which applies an electrostatic charge to the powder particles, which are then attracted to the grounded part. The item is then cured through a heating process. This is done by putting the item in an oven or under a heat source or with ultraviolet light.
Powder coating is a uniformed powder similar to baking flour. It is a dry finishing process which is based on polymer resin systems, combined with curatives, pigments, levelling agents, flow modifiers, and other additives.
WHAT IS AN ALLOY WHEEL POWDER COATING?
Alloy wheel powder coating is used as a protective and decorative finish to improve the look and lifespan of your alloy wheels.
The method uses a spray gun, as the powder flows through the spray gun it applies an electrostatic charge to the powder particles. These electrostatically charged particles are then attracted to the grounded part and stick to the alloys. This process is called electrostatic spray deposition (ESD).
It’s not until the coating is heat-treated that the paint “flows out” of the coating and forms a gel over the surface of the wheel. With the addition of heat, the coating chemically reacts to produce long molecular chains, resulting in high cross-link density which is very resistant to breakdown.
BENEFITS OF ALLOY WHEEL POWDER COATING.
Alloy wheel powder coating will give your alloy wheels a high-quality and durable finish, it’s tough, improves the look, lasts a long time, and protects the wheels from scratches and water damage.
HOW DO WE POWDER COAT ALLOY WHEELS?.
- Remove the wheels from the car
- Remove the tyres from the alloy wheels
- The wheel will be placed in the chemical bath, this will strip the wheel of all previous paint and lacquer
- Clean the wheels with soap and special cleaning products
- Sandblast to remove loose material
- Manually sand the wheels to make them smooth
- Heat the wheels to prepare the surface
- Apply the powder coating
- Reheat the wheels until powder starts to become like a gel
- Apply lacquer and heat at a slow temperature until the wheels are ready
- After cooling down to room temperature the wheel is ready to be taken away or have tyres fitted to them
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If you need more help with wanting to have your wheels powder coated, don’t hesitate to get in touch and request a free quote!