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E-coating vs. Powder Coating vs. E-coating Plus Powder Coating

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Q. I am a paint technologist and wanted to know the difference between An electrodeposition coat vis-a-vis powder coatings. Which one is superior in terms of following.

1. Impact Resistance.
2. Salt Spray Resistance ( ASTM B117 [link is to spec at TechStreet] )
3. QUV Testings :- 313 Nm lamp , UVB light 300 Hrs. total test duration having 4 Hrs. of Uv AND 4 Hrs. of the condensation cycles at regular intervals. Any specific cost saving due to the process.

Regards,

VAIBHAV KULKARNI
- MUMBAI, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA


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A. Theoretically, they are both electrodepositions. Both achieve the same end - an organic coating on a metal substrate. Only the method of transferring the organic layer is different. In powder coating the powder particles are charged. In E-coat the liquid is charged and an electrochemical reaction deposits a film. Both have to be baked for crosslinking. Both are available in epoxies and PUs. Both have their own advantages and disadvantages.

To compare the parameters you will need to match the technologies. Epoxy or PU. That is fairly complex to be answered here.

Gurvin Singh
Coatec India -

Mohali, Punjab, India



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Powder coater losing huge contract to e-coating

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Q. We are faced with losing 30 million dollars in sales due to competitor quoting finishing the components in lower cost e-coat vs. our current powder coating. We manufacture and install commercial vehicle cargo interiors. Our components will be used in everything from Telecommunication to heavy construction and the finish needs to stand up to the equipment being placed on and off our powder coated shelves and components. We feel by powder coating our components vs. e-coating it gives a more durable surface and longer finish life. Does anyone have any test or study information where e-coat has been tested against powder coating? We are using a non UV-resistant polyester-epoxy powder coating.

J. Michael Cdeleted
1st tier automotive, point of purchase displays - Atlanta, Georgia


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A. You could contact the Powder Coating Institute and vendors such as Tiger Drylac and Martex to see what literature they can offer, Michael.

But if I had 30 million dollars in sales at risk in these circumstances, I would not hesitate for a heartbeat before retaining an expert powder coating consultant to prepare a report tailored to my exact product line.

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Q. What is "e-coating" as mentioned in your mail ... thanks.


Atul Bhide
jobshop / applicator - Mumbai, India


May , 2007

A. Hello, Atul. E-coating means electrocoating -- sometimes alternately called electropainting, electrophoretic lacquering, CED (cathodic electrodeposition) and so on. The parts are immersed in an electrified tank with a special cationic or anionic paint which deposits on the parts as a result of electrochemical oxidation or reduction analogous to electroplating.

An advantage is full and even coverage -- the deposited paint becomes an insulator, diverting the electrical current to spots where paint hasn't yet deposited). Another advantage is that the coating is quite thin compared to other organic coatings. But that thinness might be a mark against it for durability and corrosion resistance. The two processes can be combined, i.e., electrocoating followed by powder coating.

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May 6, 2009

Q. Advantages of electrocoating over powder coating.

praveen kumar
employee - chennai,Tamil nadu, India


August 31, 2010

A. Hi, Praveen. We appended your inquiry to a thread which may answer it for you. If you provide a few paragraphs of additional details about your components and their application, readers may be able to provide additional info -- and you may attract interest to your posting which 6-word clauses, prepared in 6 seconds, seem to never do :-)

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Best finish for aluminum outdoor luminaire

January 24, 2012

Q. Hello all,
E-coat vs. powder coat for an outdoor luminaire? Trying to address the finish on a diecast aluminum outdoor luminaire. Current finish is anodize with powder coat over the top. VERY expensive. Any suggestions on a finish that will withstand weathering (looking for 10 year warranty)?

David Venhaus
Consultant to OEM - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

January 24, 2012

A. Hi David.

Anodizing diecast aluminum and following it with powder coating sounds like a good but fairly unusual and (as you mention) expensive finish. I suspect that e-coat PLUS powder coat will be less expensive and more robust. Please remember, however, that pretreatment is a major part of finishing, so it's not just an issue of specifying the final finish, but either specifying the pretreatment or finding competent applicators who supply good pretreatment as a matter of course. Good luck.

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January 25, 2012

A. A possible even cheaper process whilst still retaining 10 years protection would be zirconium phosphate followed by architectural polyester powder top coat.

Terry Hickling
Birmingham, United Kingdom


July 2014

thumbsup2I like Terry's suggestion providing that the geometry of the luminaire is sufficiently simple that full coverage can be guaranteed.

Regards,

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E-coating for swimming pool filters

February 15, 2012

Q. Hi all,

We need to protect some tubular heaters that are going to be used in a swimming pool environment (fitted at high level) and have suggested the use of e-coat. The tubular heaters are manufactured from mild steel.

Our client has asked for some data to support the choice of e-coat. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

regards

Gary

Gary Langman
- Daventry, UK


February 14, 2012

A. Hi, Gary. We can tell you that all automobiles around the world are e-coated before painting, so that should be some evidence of its value. PPG may have case studies. But I think you will find that most E-coating is not UV resistant, so it must be followed with something. A polyurethane top coat is common, but I think polyester powder coating would be better.

Again, the primary thing that E-coating offers, that painting and powder coating don't, is 100 percent coverage. Good luck.

Regards,

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February 15, 2012

Q. I am in the beginning stages of restoring an old pick up truck. I'm having the frame repaired and reinforced, being a midwestern truck, from the Salt n' Rust Belt... I want to take whatever steps I can to prevent the frame from being ruined again. From what I have been reading, it would appear that having the frame cleaned, then e-coated, then powder coated is the way to go? I want the best protection possible - whatever method it might entail. Comments saying E-coating is able to offer 100% coverage, but is thin... tend to concern me. Powder coating is a thicker more durable process correct? But is not able to offer 100% coverage... but the two together - would that be good enough? Opinion, thoughts, suggestions?

Thank you!

Tom Stack
- Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA


February 16, 2012

A. Hi Tom. Yes, the two coatings are compatible, and electrocoating followed by powder coating is a common and very robust system.

Regards,

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Need 1300-1400 hours salt spray resistance with powder coating

July 8, 2014

Q. Sir, can we increase Salt Spray resistance by using super quality (durable) powder? We have requirement of 1300 to 1400 Hrs SST. Another system, CED coating, is available but can we use only powder to increase SST hrs?

Jeetendra Borse
- Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India


July 2014

A. Hi Jeetendra. If the shape of the parts is simple enough that you can get full coverage, and you have a robust pretreatment system, I think you should be able to get those hours from powder coating.

Regards,

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