Powder Coating Color Charts

Color Charts provided by Tiger Drylac
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Exterior/Interior                            Specialties                                     Interior                                    Metallic                                  Special Effects 

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A History Lesson

The history of powder coating:

  The concept of applying an organic polymer in powder form can be traced to the late 1940s and early 1950s when powders were flame sprayed on metallic substrates. During this time Dr. Erwin Gemmer, a German scientist, developed the fluidized bed application for thermoplastic resins on metal as a more efficient and faster alternative to flame spraying. Here the powder is placed in a container with a porous bottom and air is blown into it so the powder mix is suspended in the air and turns into a fluid-like state.  

  Between 1958 and 1965, virtually all powder coatings were applied by the fluidized bed process. Most applications were functional in nature providing film thickness of 6-20 mils (around 150-500 microns).
These thick film applications were generally for electrical insulation, as well as for corrosion and abrasion resistant purposes. Coating materials consisted of nylon 11, CAB, polyethylene, plasticized PVC, polyester, and chlorinated polyether, among others. However, thermoset epoxies (dicycandimide, or anhydride-cured) also began to make an appearance during this period. Typical applications included dishwasher baskets (PVC), motor iron insulation (epoxy), marine hardware (nylon), and metal furniture (PVC, CAB), to name a few.

  In 1960, Pieter g. de Lange, a scientist in Amsterdam, began to research non-polluting, environmentally friendly industrial coatings that could compete with traditional liquid coatings. He focused on substitution of solvents with air, which led him to the development of thermoset powder coatings. He sought suitable solid resins, hardeners, pigments, etc. and blended them together in dry form. The blend was then ground to a suitable particle size. The fluidization technique used for fluidized bed coating was used to create a "liquid" state in the material. Electrostatic spray techniques were then adapted from wet paint applications.

  The commercial use of the electrostatic powder spray (EPS) process was introduced in the U.S. and Europe around 1962 to 1964. EPS offered two major advantages. First, substrates could be coated cold (no preheat). Secondly, the film thickness could be reduced to 2 mils (50 microns). EPS is the most commonly used application in the powder coatings industry today.

   As powder coated finishes continued to gain further acceptance, other issues involving coatings were coming to light in Europe. These issues would affect the way the industry, as a whole, would progress through the 1970s and into the present.


The Powder Coating Institute, "Powder Coating. The Complete Finisher's Handbook", Third Edition, 2004


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