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A Guide To Power Coating Equipment

Posted by Christopher Hahn on 4th Nov 2014

Here at RM Coating Supplies, we've got over 30 years of industry experience and we're widely acknowledged as a trusted powder coating equipment authority in Melbourne. We're dedicated to developing and retaining the strongest team of industry professionals so that we can provide the highest level of support and services to our clients. 

Many people come to us who want to get into powder coating but they're not sure where to start. We recommend starting off by getting a beginner powder coating gun and trying it out to see if it's something you want to pursue. We also want to talk about some of the other equipment and supplies you'll need.

To powder coat, you'll need to have some type of over that is capable of sustaining 450 degrees and capable of holding all of your parts in order to cure the powder coating. You can start with a toaster over, a household over, a propane grill, or even the 110v oven from Harbor Freight. You can also build one yourself. 

You'll also need powder. Epoxy, polyester, acrylic, and fluoropolymer are the 4 types of powders. Polyester is the most common, epoxy is very impact resistant, acrylic is normally used for clear coats, and fluoropolymer has the best outdoor characteristics. 

You'll also need an air compressor unless you bought the Craftsman powder coating gun that doesn't require one. Air compressors can be used for a ton of other tools, too, so it's a great investment.

There are plenty of other tools you'll need when getting into powder coating, such as a no-contact IR thermometer, a timer, grounding rod, media blaster, powder coating strippers for when you inevitably mess up, masking supplies, denatured alcohol, power-less gloves, respirators, and a good pre-treatment process.