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Microfinish Meets the Highest Standards from A to Z

It’s all too easy to get lost in the numerous acronyms and buzz words of finishing industry jargon. Microfinish is ISO 9001:2015 certified. We are proud members NASF and NTMA. Our professional finishers meet REACH regulations and can help with LEED credits. These acronyms stand for different things, yet all of them reflect that Microfinish…

Centrifugal Barrel Finishing

An important part of finishing your parts can take place in the process of centrifugal barrel finishing (CBF). These centrifugal barrel machines are typically made up of two or four individual barrels (sometimes called drums) mounted on the outer edge of a turret. CBF machines operate much like a Ferris wheel with one-to-one ratio of…

Powder Coated versus Stainless Steel - Know the Difference

Powder Coated versus Stainless Steel? Know the Difference

Stainless steel is used in thousands of applications. From canopy frames to bathroom wall partitions, stainless steel products have a natural luster and resistance to corrosion. Steel is strong and durable, and there are occasions that a powder coat adds the protection and finish to make your product perfect. The main difference between stainless steel…

All About FEVE Powder Coating

Fluoroethylene vinyl ether (FEVE) powder resins are a crosslinked thermoset powder coating applied with electrostatic spray. They are specifically used for long-life coatings on materials including metal, plastic, glass and fiberglass. For example, one popular use of FEVE is the coating of aluminum composite panels for use in high-end architecture. Whatever your need for this…

Examples of plated versus coated finishing

Exploring Plating versus Coating

Plating and coating are techniques that provide a new exterior finish to a surface. Both will result in a durable and attractive finish when applied properly. Understanding the key differences in how these processes work and where they work best is important when deciding which is right for your needs. Plating Electroplating is widely used…

Powder Coating LEED Credits

Powder Coating LEED Credits

Green. Ecofriendly. Environmentally responsible. Sustainable. These buzz words once conjured abstract images of blue skies and pristine waterways. Climate change has brought the health of our planet to the forefront. As a result, businesses are able to make smart decisions that benefit both themselves and the Earth, including sustainable options for design and manufacturing. A…

A Quick Primer on Bead Blasting and Shot Blasting

A Quick Primer on Bead Blasting and Shot Blasting

Bead blasting is a process in which fine glass beads are blasted at a surface to remove surface deposits. It is commonly used to remove heat treat, oxides, clean off ash from burning off e-coated and powder coated parts to be re-coated. Glass beading can also be used to deburr holes on machined parts and…

Liquid Painting Versus Finishing

Liquid painting, for decades, was the primary process to provide a protective coating to metal surfaces. After work piece cleaned (cleaning in liquid application were inadequate and poorly maintained)  the wet paint was applied to the surface of the part. Paint often requires multiple coats for an even finish.  With each coat, drips or other…

Powder Coating Curing

Powder Coating Curing

The Basics Since the invention of powder coating in 1945, the process has evolved with better chemistry and modern technology. The curing phase in powder coating remains crucial to ensure a resistant and durable final product. While many materials can be powder coated, aluminum, steel or other metals are the most common. After power coating…

The cleaning and priming process for powder coating

Cleaning and Priming Before Powder Coating

Cleaning and priming surfaces are crucial to the successful outcome of the powder coating process. Powder coating will bond better when the material it’s applied to is clean. To ensure surfaces are as prepped as possible, there are a number of steps that can be taken. The pre-treatment of a part to be coated is…

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