Powdercoating and it's many advantages

What is powdercoating?

Powercoating is a method of coloring that uses dry powder. The powder is electrostatically charged in a special gun. Just like a comb charged by being run through your hair can pick up small pieces of paper, charged powdercoating sticks to metal. Once the sticky powder is applied the metal part is run through an oven, which causes the powder to set into a paint-like coating that is tougher than paint.

Powdercoating  advantages

  • Zero VOCs - Since powdercoating is a dry process, there are no VOCs.

  • Less wasteful - Since powdercoating is dry, the powder that doesn’t stick to a part can simply be recovered and reused, reducing damage to the environment.

  • Even distribution - Since powdercoating doesn’t rely on a liquid film being applied to a part, but on light charged particles sticking to parts, it doesn’t run and vertical surfaces are coated as thickly as horizontal surfaces. Conventional paint tends to flow off vertical surfaces and collect on horizontal ones.

  • Faster drying - Since powdercoating doesn’t rely on a liquid film being applied to a part, but on light charged particles sticking to parts, it doesn’t run and vertical surfaces are coated as thickly as horizontal surfaces. Conventional paint tends to flow off vertical surfaces and collect on horizontal ones.

How we use it

Kernel uses 4 mil thick layers of powdercoat on all of our products. From this thick layer, our shelves benefit in luster, durability, and color quality. There are many good reasons that the auto industry uses powdercoating exclusively and we agree with all of them.