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Looking Sharp: Metal Stamping Parts For Aesthetics

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    April 11, 2019 10:43 PM EDT

     

    Chemical coatings are great at protecting your Metal Stamping Parts, but maybe you have something more colorful in mind? If so, you should consider one of these two popular metal finishing processes: powder coat or silk screening.
    Powder Coating
    The name of the process says it all. With powder coating, the objective is to cover as little or as much of an object as you want with a pigmented powder. It seems simple, but there are several steps to make it work properly.
    The powdered pigments spray out of the end of a nozzle at your part, powered by a compressor Because the powder is electrostatic, it loves to stick to charged surfaces. A skilled finisher targets the spray to evenly the same. At this point the powder can still come off easily, so your part must be handled carefully.
    The thermoset polymer in the powder melts and hardens in the oven. The thermoset polymer in the powder melts and hardens in the oven. The thermoset polymer in the powder melts and hardens in the oven. The thermoset polymer in the powder melts and hardens in the oven. In the end, the powder coating leaves your part with a smooth, even Surface.
    Silk Screening
    Let's say you want to add your logo or some explanatory information to your part. Silk screening is the way to go. You provide the design and text you want to transfer. We then use a process that incorporates the design file you provide onto a very thin , fine-mesh screen, upon which we put large blob of ink. When pressure is applied to the layer of ink, it can flow through the screen and onto your part, limited to the areas where you want it to appear. We apply heat to the ink, bonding it to your part. Silk screening works well on raw metal or coated surfaces, and just as with powder coat, we can match your desired Pantone color.