This is our bread and butter. Nearly anything is achievable with liquid paint. If you can imagine it, it’s possible. We utilize automotive paint systems, which gives us the ability to create strong finishes with an extra level of perfection that is almost impossible with any other method. Paint provides an ideal balance of durability, definition, and versatility. It can be used on nearly any substrate, and lends itself to more complex graphics and color combinations.
And no other material can come close to the breadth of colors and styles that are available in paint. Just the sheer number is dumbfounding, but the combinations possible are what makes liquid paint truly limitless.
There is no substitute for powder coat. It’s particular characteristics can’t be achieved, in whole, by any other finish out there. With powder, we can achieve a final finish nearly on par with liquid paint, but with durability that can’t be matched by any other method. Whenever the application calls for a good looking final product, that also needs to stand up to whatever comes at it, this is the only answer. There is a reason that this is the top choice for industrial equipment that will get bashed around day in and day out. While we make our powder jobs look a whole lot better than a Mac truck, the durability is just as good. There are also many, many specialty powders that do more than simply look nice. From ‘grippy’ options for steps or hand holds, to extra slick coatings, to food safe formulations, powder is a versatile finish for unconventional projects.
While it has a lot going on, it does have limits. Where liquid paint has near infinite colors and effects, powder coat only has tens of thousands. It isn’t often that someone can’t find a finish they like, but it does happen. Another factor to consider is the complexity of colors and graphics. We are able to create very elaborate schemes in powder, though there are some combinations that simply aren’t possible. Oftentimes it is possible to subtly change an element to accomplish the objective, so it’s usually just a matter of experimentation and adjustment.
The final factor to consider is the temperature tolerance of the substrate. Traditionally anything that is metal and can withstand ~400 degrees Fahrenheit can be powder coated. New, low temperature, cure options allow us to coat some items that wouldn’t have been possible in the past. Even some non-metallic items. The options for low cure are limited, but it opens up new possibilities for unique projects.
Ceramic coatings are a relative newcomer to the coatings game. They offer unique properties that really can’t be found elsewhere. The greatest advantage of ceramics is their extremely thin, tough application. Many can be sprayed on the threads of fine machine thread bolts with no issues. Try doing that with powder coat! Because of that extra thin build, these are also some of the lightest coatings out there. If weight is a concern, this is a great option to consider.
Like powder coat, ceramics have their unique strengths and weaknesses. While they are super tough, they simply don’t have the thickness of other coatings. Where the use of a product calls for smashing against rocks all day, or enduring repeated abrasion, it may be worthwhile to look at other options. And like powder, the temperature tolerance is important, though the temperature is much lower. With curing options at 150 degrees Fahrenheit, if it can handle sitting in a hot car in the summer, it can probably be ceramic coated.
Titanium Anodizing and Raw Finishing
Titanium is a wonder material, and opens the door to some very interesting finishes. Because it doesn’t degrade in its natural state like steel or aluminum, it can be finished without any coatings whatsoever. Traditional ‘raw’ finishing is simply utilizing different techniques to change the look of the raw material. Typical examples include media blasting, brushing, and polishing. By combining these techniques, and using different abrasive media, a whole lot is possible.
We can also anodize titanium to add a little more ‘pop’ to the famously subdued metal. Type 3 anodizing allows us to create a spectrum of different colors. Combined with the raw surface treatments, and layering of anodized colors, there is a whole lot of color and possibility that can be brought to the greyscale metal.