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Low Temperature Powder Coating

January 21, 2010

I am looking to find some information on the absolute lowest temperature that a powder coating resin could be dried or solidified at. I have a very temperature sensitive substrate and need some very detailed coverage. I am looking at about a 100°F temperature ceiling, if this is not possible I will look at other methods.

I have heard about thermosetting resins that would crosslink at a certain temperature but I have not been able to find out what materials or temperatures are involved.


Ed Leoni
Engineer - Milford, New Hampshire

First of two simultaneous responses -- January 22, 2010

The lowest curing temp for powder that I've heard of is in the high 200 F range.

Sheldon Taylor
Sheldon Taylor
   supply chain electronics
Wake Forest, North Carolina

Second of two simultaneous responses -- January 24, 2010

Are you sure you mean 100F and not 100C? Temperatures reached 113F in Victoria Australia last year. If it was possible to mf a powder that cured <100F it would be a very unstable product... veryshort shelf life. If it was a mistake and 100C is the correct temp; then UV cured powders may be worthwhile investigating. If 100F was correct... then even catalytic cured coatings are not worth evaluating as these usually involve an exothermic reaction.

Terry Hickling
Birmingham, United Kingdom

January 26, 2010

No, it was not a typo I meant 100°F. I am looking at a method to coat a very low melt point substrate. I was looking for something that could coat an extremely difficult part geometry.

The coating would later be fired in excess of 1900°F. However prior to this firing the "coating" (with the help of our current process shelling material) would need to undergo an autoclaving cycle.

I had read that there were low temperature thermally activated polymers being used in some resins and thought that this might be viable.

Thanks for the help.

Ed Leoni, Associate Engineer, Development
- Milford, NH

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