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Q. Need formulation to prepare automotive ceramic coating.Gourav thakur
- Delhi India
A. Hi Gourav. Please introduce yourself and give us some general background about this inquiry. You may know a lot more about it than I do; but on the other hand you may assume that you apply ceramic coatings similarly to paint or powder coating -- which is not the case.
True ceramic coating is rather similar to incapsulating the items in melted glass, and is done at molten glass temperatures, usually with 'guns' that melt the ceramic particles before spraying them.
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Ted Mooney, P.E. RET
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Closely related Q&A's, oldest first:2003
Q. I am interested in the ceramic and powder coating procedure as I have seen the results and I am very impressed with the finished product. I have a vague idea of how the process works but I would like more information ie. how to prep the metal, what kind of coatings work best on different kinds of metal, i.e., aluminum or cast iron, what kind of oven you use and how to obtain the equipment and supplies needed to start a small coating shop. Any answers would be appreciated basically I would just like to get into coatings for my own use but if it turned out to be feasible maybe I would go commercial.
Thank you for your time and allowing me to express my thoughts.Ralph Herbert Parkes
- Bobcaygeon, Ontario, Canada
"Powder Coating: A How-to Guide ..."
from Abe Books
A. To do it well and legally, it will require a large investment of money. Fifty to 100 thousand dollars would not be a bad guess for a very small shop. Fire, air, water codes and lots of reporting have to be factored in also. Several places offer a 2-3 day class several time a year. Well worth the dollars that it would cost.James Watts
- Navarre, Florida
A. If you're interested in ceramic coating, you need to consider if the coating agent is genuine ceramic or organic resin binder. People do not like to tell the world what kind of binder they use and actually acrylic resin is mostly used for ceramic powder mix. Secondly, baking (drying) condition is key fact for figuring out energy input cost when processing. Plasma spraying coat requires more than 800 °C for coating (it is called porcelain coat). There must be low temperature ceramic coating agent already developed and it is simple to coat and dry. Ceramic coating agent is VOC-free, eco-friendly product and easy to repair.
- Busan, Korea
Q. I am about to paint my house with ceramic coating paint. Is it safe for a wooden house? Breathable? No peeling off problem? Thank you if anyone experienced respond to this question.Sonny Parker
GS Industries - Chicago, Illinois, USA
CoolCoat Roof Coating
A. I'm sure you're not going to bake your house at 800 °C (1472 °F) to apply this coating, Sonny :-)
So what you are talking about is apparently some more common paint (organic binder) that is using the phrase 'ceramic' as a sales pitch rather than as a description of an actual ceramic coating process.
The paint you are speaking of (and frankly I'm not familiar with it) probably has tiny glass balls or particles of ceramic grit in it, such as you would get if you took a china bowl and ground it up and mixed that dust into the paint. You could call your mix 'ceramic' paint, but it wouldn't really have much in common with the ceramic coatings that the other writers were talking about, and which you might see on gas stove grates, where extremely high temperatures are used to melt the ceramic grit into something sort of like a glass coating. Good luck.
Ted Mooney, P.E.
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Q. Can you give me correct information about Ceramax Guard ceramic coatings? Is it truly ceramic or as you described with the other fillers? Thanks.Jean Freeman
- Greenville, South Carolina
A. Ceramax Guard is a latex based, high build ceramic microsphere-filled polymer formulation.
Good Luck with your research.
home coatings - Houston, Texas