Powder coating is an advanced method of applying a decorative and protective finish to a wide range of materials and products that are used by both industries and consumers. The powder used for the process is a mixture of finely ground particles of pigment and resin, which is sprayed onto a surface to be coated. The charged powder particles adhere to the electrically grounded surfaces until heated and fused into a smooth coating in a curing oven.
The result is a uniform, durable, high-quality, and attractive finish. Powder coating is the fastest-growing finishing technology in Europe.
For 30 years, powder coating has been the finish of choice for a superior, more colorful, longer lasting and more durable finish on architectural applications, as evidenced on thousands of commercial, industrial, government, residential, historic and institutional buildings around the world.
Powder coating is specified because of its durability, scratch resistance, gloss retention, weatherability, resistance to chalking and its unlimited range of colors, finishes, glosses and textures. Plus, it is an environmentally friendly finishing process, making it an important part of a sustainable or green building project that incorporates low-emitting products.
Powder coating benefits
Powder coated surfaces are more resistant to chipping, scratching, fading and wearing than other finishes. Color selection is virtually unlimited and extremely long-lasting.
Liquid finishes contain solvents with pollutants, yet powder coating contains no solvents. This makes costly pollution control equipment redundant. Plus, the overspray can be reused, so reducing waste.
No solvents and reduced waste saves money and helps companies comply more easily and economically with regulations.
Qualicoat is a quality label organisation committed to maintaining and promoting the quality of lacquering, painting and coating on aluminium and its alloys for architectural applications. To determine whether or not a coating meets a customer's requirements, the results need to be measurable against technical specifications.
On behalf of customers who have products coated, qualicoat defines comprehensive quality requirements and monitors their compliance by licensed plants worldwide. As a result, purchasers of coated aluminium receive a premium-grade product delivering long-term value with good quality. A logo is provided for all companies who use qualicoat approved finishes.
There are a lot of reasons for choosing qualicoat to apply superior quality coatings to industrial or military parts or components. In essence, qualicoat outlines and approves the minimum criteria for the critical elements of powder application, including:
- process control
Qualicoat has been operating for over 20 years and is considered an international benchmark of quality, relevant to local and imported powder coatings. The qualicoat label was first introduced in Europe in 1986 and has since spread to 39 countries. A governing body in Zurich controls qualicoat internationally, with exclusive authority to approve the standard throughout the world.
Qualicoat’s mission is to provide best practice rules that result in consistent high quality coating on aluminium. To achieve this, qualicoat is committed to:
- establishing specifications for processes, products and tests
- developing and improving these specifications
- granting licenses to coating plants that apply for qualicoat approval
- testing and approving chemicals and coating products
- monitoring the correct application of the specifications in licensed plants
Qualicoat gives purchasers of coated aluminium the assurance that they will receive a premium-grade product delivering long-term value and consistent quality.
Qualicoat gives you access to a network of professional finishers that use approved processes and equipment, each randomly inspected by an independent auditor to ensure quality is upheld.
When Qualicoat-approved powders are used, specifying Qualicoat will help prevent material failure on your project and will add value to the building products.
Qualicoat is the accepted best-practice standard for all specifiers, including:
- Architectural draftsmen
- Aluminium window manufacturers
- Aluminium fabricators
- Project home builders
- Aluminium shopfitters
- Building designers
- Major construction managers and builders
- Urban planners