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Have you ever driven by a remarkable car with the most beautiful copper rims that you have ever seen? Or have you envied those hot rods with the colorful powder coated engines? Although it may sound like a stretch, you too can have parts of your car custom powder coated and it would be one of the best things that you could do for your car.
Why rust, when you can powder
Metal can be very vulnerable to rust and corrosion, especially when exposed to wet environments. These kinds of environments can be harmful and destroy many kinds of metal, especially when it’s not properly protected from the elements. Why lose so much money removing rust when the answer is as simple as getting it powder coated, especially since you can get it in any color that you could want?
|Engine before powder coat vs. Engine after powder coat|
You choose the color you want
Have you ever dreamed of having a candy apple red set of wheels? Or what about royal blue motorcycle parts and accessories? Well now you can with Torklift Central powder coating. With catalogs of hundreds of colors and continually adding new colors, the possibilities of customization are endless. No part is too small to be custom and stylized, especially when you think about the money you save you from not having to deal with rusted parts.
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Anatomy of a powder coat
Step 1- Sandblasting
Sandblasting removes contaminants and even the smallest imperfections in raw materials. This process creates an abraded surface and ensures the powder coat is able to adhere thoroughly.
Step 2- Eco-friendly wash
The eco-friendly wash cycle clears away unnecessary materials blasted from parts during sandblasting. In seven steps, the parts are washed and upgraded with the best filtering and eco-management waste system available.
Step 3- Pre-dry oven
The pre-dry oven heats the parts to 320 degrees. This step removes moisture from the parts and provides optimal temperature for the powder coat to adhere.
|Photo Credit: Truck Camper Magazine|
Step 4- Electro-static powder coating
The powder coat material receives an electric charge that creates a magnetic attraction between the metal parts and powder. Sprayed with state of the art Gema Optiflex 2 powder coat guns, the powder coating material is drawn to the part, ensuring full and even coverage.
Step 5- Cure oven
The parts enter a high efficiency, gas-fired oven at 420 degrees for 30 minutes to completely cure the powder coat finish. The process also removes any excess moisture that causes imperfections in the final seal, baking the powder coat to its final finish.
In the photo on the left, originally published on Truck Camper Magazine, you see Ricky Erickson applying the dry powder to hitches. After the powder is electromagnetically adhered to the metal, it is cured in a large oven to create a hard thermoplastic coating that protects the metal. One of the many advantages to powder coating is that the powder coat finish is much tougher than paint and helps prevent corrosion and rust.
Parts you can powder coat:
• Automotive parts and accessories
• Motorcycle parts and accessories
• Hotrods and all motorsports including quads
• Marine including boat parts and accessories
• Gates and other ornamental fencing
• Small and large quantity production runs available
Bring your vision to life
Here at Torklift Central, we believe that if you can dream it, we can build it. In Kent, Washington we have a custom welding and fabrication facility. Using MIG, TIG, and Stick welding techniques, our team is capable of welding all kinds of metal including aluminum, bronze, brass, iron, copper, plastic, mild steel, and stainless steel. We also specialize in rust prevention and rust removal for your next big custom job.
Contact us today to see what we can custom fabricate and powder coat for you.