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High heat resistance powder coating

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April 22, 2021

Q. I have read that the highest temperature that Powder Coating can endure generally is 550 °C. I have some parts that will take the direct heat off of a variety of heat sources including engines that operate between 600-800 °C. Do I have to skip the idea and move instead to ceramic coating? I have seen one that can take over 1000 °C in the UK.

Please let me know as soon as possible as I am in the midst of a project and need to make a decision soon.

Ray Stevens
- Monaco, MC
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April 2021

A. Hi Ray. Read on and it sure looks like ceramic coating it should be :-)

Luck & Regards,

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April 29, 2021

The term "Powdercoating" describes a means of application of a coating rather than the material coated onto a substrate. Many different polymers can be used to powder-coat things, mostly metals but also some timbers.
The coating is usually heat cured, typically at 200 °C or thereabouts. The coating is then not a heat proof coating, and one of the methods of removal of it, it to "burn" it off in a pyrolysis oven, often at about 450 °C. At this temp, most powder applied coatings turn to dust, and fall off.
So if you want to use your coated item at 600 °C as mentioned, powder applied coatings are not the right route.

Geoff Crowley
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Q. I am looking for a high heat resistant powder coating, preferably around 1300 °F (700 °C). I have been told that there is no such powder coating available, is this true?

Allen Burbank
Powder Coatings - Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.
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A. Yes, this is true. Up to 400 - 450 °C is possible with thermosetting powders. The only possibility would be to use enamel powder coating.

Good luck,

Remmelt Bosklopper
Remmelt Bosklopper
- Enschede, The Netherlands
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A. Hi Allen. I think you would need to flame spray a porcelain/ceramic coating for that kind of temperature resistance.


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Q. To whom it may concern,

I am a student of the Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, Belgrade (Serbia), Department of Organic Chemical Technology and Polymer Engineering.
I have to do seminar work about heat resistant coating, up to 600 °C. I would appreciate it if you could give me some information about it.

Your faithfully,

Nikola Kocic
- Belgrade, Serbia
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A. Hi Nikola. Some high temperature paints might do if this is maximum and short term. But ceramic coatings become more and more appropriate as temperatures get higher because they don't contain plastics/solvents/organics. Good luck.


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High temperature PVC for Powder Coating

November 8, 2012

Q. Hello all,

I'm looking for a high temperature PVC powder that can withstand short term (1 min) temperatures of 1000 °F, everything I've come across will break down at short term temps over 500 °F. Has anyone ever seen anything like this?


Andrew Liptak
- Agawam, Massachusetts, USA
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November 12, 2012

A. Hi Andrew.

Why PVC instead of a higher temperature polymer?


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simultaneous First of two simultaneous responses -- November 14, 2012

A. Silicone powder coatings withstand temperatures up to 1200 °F for a short while.

Anna Telk
- Berlin, Germany
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Second of two simultaneous responses -- November 14, 2012

A. PVC will not withstand 1000 degrees!
Choose another option.
Hope this helps.

William Doherty
Trainer - Salamander Bay, Australia
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November 27, 2012

thumbs up signThanks for the input so far. We currently use a polymer adhesive but it would be more economically beneficial for us to use a powder coating, rather than the 2 layer primer/polymer system we use now. I have seen TPO powders that work at these temperatures which is why I thought there may be a PVC solution out there.
I will definitely look into the silicone coatings.

Andrew Liptak
- Agawam, Massachusetts, USA [returning]
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December 8, 2012

A. If you want high temperature for a short length of time you'll need a silicone polyester coating. This is what is used on things like stove pipe.

Ronald Zeeman
Coil coating - Brampton, Ontario, Canada
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Ed. note: Readers of this thread may be interested in topic 22541, "Ceramic Coating vs. Powder Coating vs. Ceramic-powder Coating".

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