Reducing Waste In Automotive Manufacturing With Powder Coating

Painting, decorating, and finishing full size projects and components within manufacturing sectors can lead to plenty of wastage. However, there is increasing pressures from the government encouraging businesses to reduce their impact on the environment. Therefore, manufacturers must look for new ways to reduce wastage (such as for automotive coatings). Especially when it comes to substances that directly release harmful emissions into the atmosphere like some liquid metal paint. In this article we will discuss the limitations of liquid paint vs why powder coating is the more suitable solution.

Liquid paint is hazardous to the environment as well as to human health. In addition, it is also a pricey solution for coating parts, particularly in the automotive sector. Due to its consistency and application methods, it can lead to a lot of waste. Therefore, this is why powder coating can be more advantageous.

Powder coating can offer a range of benefits to manufacturers looking to coat automotive parts such as:

  • Fast application and turnaround times.
  • Powder coating can be applied to bulk batches of components.
  • Uniform finish.
  • Stronger protection against corrosion than many conventional paints.

Liquid Metal Paint Limitations

In automotive production, reducing waste and your overall impact on the environment should be considered. In addition, one of the first things you should be looking at as a manufacturer is your finishing solutions.

There are still many companies using liquid metal paint for production requirements. However, this type of paint contains a solvent that evaporates into the air when drying. This same solvent also contaminates the waste generated during this application process.

Furthermore, the application process itself is not entirely cost-effective when it comes to liquid paint. In fact, it produces a lot of waste that is unrecoverable and not able to be used again due to the fact it dries. Additionally, this paint also requires more than one or two coats and is likely to drip or run upon each application. As a result of this, liquid paint can cost manufacturers a lot of money in material waste.

So Why Powder Coating? 

Powder coating is essentially made from polymer resin, curatives, pigments and flow modifiers. It is a coating system that is applied in a different way to liquid paint.

It is applied to the surface of a component with electrostatic spray deposition through a gun. The charge causes the powder to adhere to the surface. After that, the coated component then goes into a curing oven where a further chemical reaction takes place. Therefore, resulting in a strong and durable finish with enhanced levels of corrosion resistance. The process differs greatly from a liquid coating application. In addition, any overspray can be recovered and reused, which significantly reduces product wastage.

Additionally, it contains no VOCs or solvents, making it a much more environmentally friendly product to use. As a result, it helps to reduce costs of toxic waste disposal for manufacturers too. It typically requires one coat, minimising the risk of waste even further and reducing storage and labour costs too.

With all of the above in mind, if you are looking for a company to finish your automotive components, choosing an automotive powder coating company is likely to be the most cost-effective solution.

Automotive Powder Coating Manufacturers 

Here at R&M Metal Finishing, we can support both small and large batch volumes of powder coated components. Using a powder coating conveyor system that is specially designed for industrial applications. With the latest state-of-the-art technology, we can guarantee a quick turnaround and flawless finishes for you and your customers every time.

Are you an automotive manufacturer looking for a Tier 1 powder coating company for your parts? Then get in touch with us today. Explore our website for more information, or call 01384 266022 to speak to a member of our helpful and friendly team.

If you would like some more information on powder coating vs liquid paint, you may wish to read our previous blog on: Powder Coating Or Liquid Paint For Automotive Applications?

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