Powder coating is an advanced environmentally friendly method of applying a decorative and protective finish to a wide array of metal products. Powder coating is a dry coating system where an item is sprayed with electrically charged powder consisting of finely ground particles of pigment and resin. The charged powder adheres to the grounded item of metal until it is baked in an oven, where it fuses to the substrate. Powder coating results in a high quality, smooth, uniform, and durable finish.
Advantages & uses
There are many advantages to powder coating. Powder coatings are tough monolithic armor and are extremely resistant to abrasion, heat, liquid penetration, de-icers, corrosion, UV rays and chemical attack. Powder coatings are also economical and environmentally friendly because they contain no solvents and emit virtually no hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) or volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Another advantage to powder coatings is that they also reduce the amount of waste and presents fewer hazards than fluidized applied shop coatings. Powder coatings also provide a uniform long-lasting finish with no runs, or other surface defects. They can be used for various metal substrates and can be formulated for color, gloss, texture and high temperature.
Uses of Powdered Coatings
- Architectural (ornamental) metals
- Electrical switchgears
- General industrial market
- Heavy equipment
- Lawn and garden: equipment and furniture
- Light poles and fixtures
- Office equipment
- Traffic control and highway equipment
- Cast iron
- Stainless steel
Facility & process
36,000 square feet of temperature-controlled space
THOMARIOS utilizes 36,000 square feet of temperature-controlled space where the preparation, coating and curing takes place. Being ISO 9001:2008 certified helps ensure a superior product for our customers. The plant is located on nine acres of land comprised of large concrete pads for lay down, handling and packaging. Housed within the facility is a 50ft x 12ft x 10ft abrasive blast booth used to prepare the surfaces, a 50ft long powder application booth, and two 52ft-long curing ovens. The larger of the two ovens being 12ft. wide x 12ft. tall which has the capacity to treat a 50ft + x 10ft wide by 10ft tall piece.
THOMARIOS Powder Coating Group specializes in a batch process. This sets us apart from the competition by allowing us to handle large, heavy items used in both industrial and commercial applications. Most powder coating facilities are geared toward using a continuous conveyor belt application, which limits them on size and weight. THOMARIOS, on the other hand, implements forklifts that can handle pieces up to 10,000 lbs along with customized process carts. Our process also utilizes a self reclaiming abrasive blast booth for surface preparation, instead of using hazardous phosphate cleaners. This process insures the maximum adhesion properties for the coating. The efficiency of our operation allows for a quick turnaround to our customers without sacrificing product quality. For special fast track orders we have been able to generate an 8-hour door-to-door product. From receiving to shipping, we guarantee the product to be prepared, coated and inspected properly. We provide general warranties for all items powder coated, and extended warranties are available.