When it comes to coating your materials, whether they’re for construction, motorsports, or even architecture, powder coating is gaining popularity as an alternative to wet paint. However, deciding which you should choose can be difficult. At Cutting Edge Powder Coating, we know that powder coating can provide exceptional benefits over wet paint, so we’ve laid out some reasons you should choose this new form of coating over traditional paint:
August 19, 2021
Powder coating your metals should result in an even, beautiful finish. Choosing shops that use low-quality powder paint won’t get you the results you’re looking for. The Cutting Edge Powder Coating team knows the importance of utilizing quality powder coating. Don’t settle for a sub-par coating job. Here’s why you should choose our exceptional powder paint:
July 17, 2021
Your most valuable materials need to be protected. Commercial, architectural, and industrial materials endure frequent use and harsh conditions. Keeping your materials protected is key. A layer of high-performance powder coating from our experts avoids:
Texas is known for its humidity, meaning the air contains high amounts of moisture. This moisture leads to metal corrosion. Powder coating puts a stop to corrosion, maintaining the metal’s structural integrity. It creates a barrier between the atmosphere and the metal, protecting the object from damaging moisture.
Heavy-use materials are prone to scratches and abrasions. These imperfections damage expensive materials, diminishing their value. Powder coating forms an extremely hard barrier as it cures. Bumping into other materials won’t cause a large gash, avoiding the underlying metal from damage.
- Heat Damage
An integral part of the powder coating process includes curing. This means the objects are placed in an oven, bonding the powder to the metal. The process enables powder coating to withstand high temperatures up to about 250 degrees, making it suitable for objects exposed to high heat situations. To shield materials from extreme heat situations, a Cerakote coating is recommended and performed here at Cutting Edge Powder Coating.
Your commercial, architectural, and industrial materials frequently endure harsh conditions. Keeping them protected is essential, helping you get the most from your investment. Choose our high-performance powder coating to preserve your materials! Call us at (832) 672-7111 or visit https://cuttingedgepowdercoating.com/contact-us to schedule a service.
June 21, 2021
Powder Coating Kit- Not Worth the Price
Powder coating is a durable finish for metal and is resistant to corrosion. This is why it’s often used on bikes, bicycles and vehicles that are normally used or stored outside throughout all seasons.
So how long does powder coating last? The reason powder coating is often used is because it can maintain its finish for a very long time, up to 15 – 20 years.
For those who want to save money but still want the durability of powder coating on your rims, for example, there are many sites selling powder coating home kits. These kits are bought for the DIY enthusiast.
The things you need if you want to powder coat include the powder coating gun, the powder, which comes in an array of vibrant choices, and an oven. If you have a toaster oven or a smart oven, you can use either to cure. Unfortunately, powder coating is laden with so many chemicals that you should probably never use them again to cook or bake food.
The Powder Coating Gun
The powder coating gun is used to electrically charge the powder and then aiming the gun at whatever you want to powder coat. Powder coating guns can be expensive, and some cost $3,000. But if you are starting out, i.e. you want to powder coat stuff in your home or garage, there are many “starter” guns that all cost under $80.
Powder coating is easy for those who are into DIY, The powder gun has a cup, and once you apply the powder to the cup, you then slid the cup onto the gun, plug the gun in a wall, and then attach the grounding rod to the area you are covering
However, powder coating should be left to the professionals. You may think doing this will save you money. If you know how to spray paint, then powder coating can be very easy for you. Why pay somebody else to do it for you?
Well, you should for many reasons. Getting the powder coating takes time and practice. We’ve gathered together below why you should not powder coat at home.
- Food Safety
As discussed above, you should never use an oven that you’ve used to powder coat because the powder will linger in the oven even after a thorough cleaning. These are toxic fumes that may settle on the food you are cooking. You may run the risk of poisoning yourself and your family. Do you really want that to save some money?
- Skill Level
Since powder coating uses a spray gun, it takes time and trial and error to get something you are painting evenly coated. If this is your first time, trust us, your finish won’t look professionally done.
- Always Hire a Professional
Those who like to powder coat are DIY enthusiasts or cheapskates.
Say your powder coating parts on your motorcycle and the result doesn’t look the way you expected. You can keep trying, but you’ll risk too much coverage and will have to live with all the droplets that have settled on your bike’s parts. To remedy this, you have to call in a professional. This means you’ll be spending more money than you thought. You’ve wasted money on the powder coating kit. It can become more costly to repair an incorrect job.
If you have the time to DIY powder coat, then by all means, go at it in your home. You can read up on how best to powder coat before the application, which will help you when you actually use the gun. But most of us don’t have the time. Seek a professional and all that time wasted trying to powder coat and failing, is time well spent with your family.
Contact Us for Quality Powder Coating
So now do you think it’s a cinch to powder coat? Probably not, which is why you should leave the process to the professionals who will, well, give you a professional job. The leading powder coating service in Houston, Texas, is trusted by many industries.
For inquiries or to request a quote, call (832) 672-7111
May 20, 2021
Those considering powder coating for their materials may wonder how much of a commitment is needed once the coating has been applied. Are reapplications needed? Will the coating last? These questions can help determine whether powder coating is the right choice for your metals. At Cutting Edge Powder Coating, we understand that, before choosing a coating, it’s important to know the maintenance needed, so we’ve laid out some helpful information about reapplying powder coating:
The Process of Powder Coating
Before learning about how often you need to reapply powder coating, it’s important to understand the coating process. What makes this such a popular choice for those in Houston, Texas?
The process begins by preparing the materials. This is as simple as thorough washing and drying. Various solutions are used to clean the materials in order to ensure that they are fully ready for coating. Once cleaned and dried, the materials are placed in a heated oven to remove any excess moisture. Since even a small amount of moisture can compromise the integrity of powder coating, this is a crucial part of the coating process. Once fully dried, the powder is applied onto the object using electrostatic charging, which helps the coating stick to the surface. After applying the powder coating, the object is placed back into the oven to cure. The result is a smooth, even coating that is extremely resistant to damage.
3 Steps to Know When to Reapply Coating
- Is the Surface Level?
Chipping, cracking, and bubbles are all imperfections that can happen when the initial application is applied incorrectly. If you see any of these, it is time to reapply coating.
2. Is There Rust or Corrosion?
Rust and corrosion peaking through is an obvious sign that you need to reapply powder coating. It means that the coating is starting to come off, damaging the integrity of the rest of the coat.
3. You Want to Change the Color or Style
Sometimes the coating doesn’t need to be applied incorrectly or falling apart to reapply. When you reapply coating can also be up to preference.
Because of the process mentioned above, powder coating is able to provide a coating that can protect objects from scratches, wear, corrosion, and other problems. Typically, you won’t need to have the coating touched up or reapplied. However, that does not mean that issues can’t occur. If the coating was not applied correctly, you will need to visit a trusted Houston, Texas, powder coating company to have it reapplied correctly. This is why it is essential to only allow professionals to apply powder coating to your materials. Additionally, if there is widespread damage to the coating from extreme use, you may need to have the coating reapplied. However, because of the exceptional strength of powder coating, this is not typical. It’s important to speak to a professional about reapplying the coating, and what you would like the end result to be for your materials.
No matter if you need a reapplication or are having your object powder coated for the first time, it’s essential to visit a professional Houston, Texas, powder coater for a perfect finish. Cutting Edge Powder Coating has the expertise you need for exceptional coating services. Give us a call at (832) 672-7111 or visit us at http://htowncoaters.com/services/powder-coating-service/.
April 22, 2021
Many Houston residents care about protecting the environment. However, those who use wet paint as a form of metal coating may not know the negative effects that paint can pose for the ecosystem. The other option to paint is powder coating, and it always comes down to the same question. Is powder coating sustainable? At Cutting Edge Powder Coating, we know you want to feel good about the process you choose to coat your materials in, so we’ve outlined some of the top environmental benefits of choosing powder coating:
Volatile organic compounds, also known as VOCs, are a side effect of traditional wet paint that, unfortunately, is not beneficial for the environment. As wet paint ages over time, it releases these VOCs into the air, leading to potential health problems for anyone breathing in the contaminated air. Powder coating gives Houston, Texas, residents a VOC-free alternative to coat their metal materials. During the entire powder coating process, no VOCs are released, making this a great option for those wanting to contribute to a cleaner, healthier air.
- No Hazardous Waste
In order to fix any mistakes with wet paint, a solvent is often used. While this may not seem like a concern, it can have a detrimental effect on the environment. More often than not, these solvents release hazardous fumes into the air when used, meaning each mistake with wet paint causes further damage to the ecosystem. Fortunately, any mistakes with powder coating can be easily and safely addressed. All that is required is compressed air to wipe away the mistake, making this form of metal coating a much better environmental alternative to wet paint.
- 3-R Approved
Those wanting to help protect the environment are typically very familiar with the “Three R’s:” reduce, reuse, and recycle. Powder coating uses less waste and can be reused, or “recycled”, for later use. Powder coating’s precise application process requires less product than the process of traditional paint coatings with no paint. Additionally, an excess powder that did not stick to your materials during the curing process can be collected, gathered, and safely used on another object.
- Exceeds Environmental Regulations
Typically, both powder coating and the tools used to apply it exceed environmental regulation standards. This is because powder coating is classified as non-toxic due to the lack of VOCs released into the air. While each state has different environmental regulations, powder coating materials typically are considered environmentally friendly when compared to wet paint.
For those who want an environmentally friendly alternative to wet paint, powder coating is the perfect option. At Cutting Edge Powder Coating, we specialize in coating your most valuable metal materials. Give us a call at (281) 501-3494 for a free quote or request one online at https://cuttingedgepowdercoating.com/request-a-quote/.
March 25, 2021
There are two popular options to protect architectural and industrial metal structures and equipment from elements, causing rust and damage. They are powder coated vs painted metal. There are multiple reasons powder coating is a superior method compared to painting industrial metals. Powder coating is the more environmentally friendly, durable, and cost-efficient option between the two. Traditional paint involves dangerous chemicals and requires frequent maintenance and repair, ultimately increasing costs.
Powder Coating is more Durable than Paint
Architectural and industrial metal and equipment are subjected to a multitude of damaging factors, accelerating normal wear and tear. Chemical and environmental elements routinely lead to frequent repairs. When working with different industrial materials, especially metal, it is important to sustain its durability against weather and other harmful elements Traditional paint, applied with a brush or sprayed, does not create a fully bonded connection to the surface of an object. This leaves the potential for water and other chemicals or debris to chip and removes the coating. This leaves the surface exposed to rust and increases maintenance, as the process must be repeated more often.
Unlike traditional paint, powder coating is environmentally friendly. VOCs (volatile organic compounds) in paint have been proven to have a large environmental impact and shedding paint can end up in water runoff hurting local ecosystem water quality. Powder coating doesn’t produce these VOCs, as they don’t contain solvents. Additionally, there is no need for priming prior to the application and no toxic waste disposal after the process is complete.
While being environmentally friendly, powder-coated vs painted metal is also a long-term positive investment. Traditional paint only lasts ten to fifteen years in optimal conditions, assuming unintentional damage has not occurred. Powder coating lasts fifteen to twenty years throughout rough weather and is durable through most events that would cause traditional paint to damage. This longevity and resistance prove to be more cost-efficient, as it requires fewer repairs and upkeep.
Choose powder coating for your Architectural and Industrial metal structures. Outsource your powder coating needs to protect your equipment, receiving less costly & higher quality results, with Cutting Edge Power Coating. Call (832) 672-7111 or Visit https://htowncoaters.com/request-a-quote/ for a quote today!
February 25, 2021
Powder coating has revolutionized the way metals are handled. In many industries and even residentially, powder coating gets the gold star. This includes the architectural industry, in which powder coating is becoming a rapid favorite with its many benefits, options, and minimal downsides. Here are the top three reasons why the architectural industry prefers powder coating.
1. Custom Finishes: Color, Metallic, Duotone
In the architectural industry, appearance matters. Unlike other variants of paint, powder coating allows for a wide variant of colors and styles. Unlike most paints, you can have a smoother transition of duotones. Beauty isn’t the only benefit; it can also be used as a labeling system for various parts.
2. Durability and Longevity
The thing that powder coating is most known for is its strength and durability. It lasts up to an additional ten years longer than traditional paints and doesn’t chip, crack, or scuff. For the architectural industry, this is important as it requires less upkeep and provides added strength and durability to the structure.
3. Easy to Transport – Less Energy Wasted
Powder coating, unlike paints, can be transferred to facilities significantly easier as it comes in a light-weight powder form. It requires less energy to get it to and from the desired location. If the desired powder coating facility doesn’t do on-site powder coating, it is still more efficient than paint, as powder coating only adds up to 5% of additional weight. This means that it is still lighter, and more efficient to transport than with traditional paints.
Cutting Edge Powder Coating – The Leader in Powder Coating
If you are looking for powder coating that meets the high standards for your architectural needs, come to us at Cutting Edge Powder Coating. For a free quote, contact us (link to contact form). Want to see some of our stellar work first? Check out our social media or our gallery here (link to gallery).
January 19, 2021
What is Powder Coating?
Powder coating is the process of applying powder electrostatically to a metal. After the powder is applied, it is then cured in an oven, creating a hard coated shell. Powder coating can also be applied to concrete, steel, and plastic depending on the type of powder coating applied.
Why Powder Coat?
Powder coating provides a wide range of benefits. On the more practical side, it provides strength, durability, and weather resistance to whatever surface it is applied to. Additional benefits of powder coating include, but are not limited to:
- Added style via the wide color range
- Environmental friendliness
- Lasts longer than paints
- Resistant to chipping, scratching, and fading
5 Backyard Items that can be Restored with Powder Coating Services from Cutting Edge
In general, powder coating is the best when it comes to restoring metals. There’s no need to replace outdoor metal surfaces, or any old metal surfaces for that matter when powder coating can give them a breath of new life. The sky is the limit when it comes to what you can powder coat. Here are some key outdoor items that can become statement pieces with the restorative capabilities of powder coating:
- Patio Furniture
Metal patio furniture is often cheap and easy to replace, but why replace something that fits the theme of your backyard when you could spend less by powder coating it? Or perhaps the patio furniture pieces are vintage and can’t be replaced, powder coating is the best way to restore them without destroying the item or its value.
- Ornamental Fences
Replacing a fence, whether wooden or metal, is extremely expensive. On the low end, a replacement for a metal fence can be $750, but realistically, $750 is not the price you’re going to pay, it’s going to be more around $2,000 to $5,000. Due to the hefty price, many leave their metal fences to rust and fall apart until it absolutely has to be replaced. Powder coating is significantly more cost-efficient. It gives the fence new life, and also adds style too. Maybe your metal fence was originally white but now it’s rusting and you want to change it to black because white shows dirt easily, powder coating gives you that option without the cost of an expensive replacement.
- Metal Gutters and Downspouts
Similar to metal fences, the cost of replacing gutters and downspouts is expensive. However, unlike fences, you shouldn’t allow them to rust and fall apart. Gutters and Downspouts carry water away from the foundation of your house, and a falling apart gutter or downspout can create long term issues by not being able to carry water away from the foundation of your house, in turn costing you the integrity of your foundation. Powder coating is the easiest fix, as it is affordable, weather-resistant, and will last for long periods of time.
- Lawn and Garden Tools
Lawn and garden tools are the most over-looked part of your backyard. Yes, they’re hidden away most of the time, but they still get frequent use. Think beyond hand tools to the more expensive items, like lawnmowers or weedwhackers. These items are often not thought of until it’s time to mow the lawn, but that doesn’t make them any less expensive. Powder coating these tools protects the integrity of the metal components, making them last longer.
- Barbeque Grills
Barbeque grills are everyone’s favorite backyard item, and that’s enough said. All components of the grill can be powder coated. Even the insides with food-safe powder coatings. Powder coating can help make the grill you love last longer.
Want to Spice Up Your Backyard?
For all of your powder coating needs in Houston, Texas, Cutting Edge Powder Coating is the way to go. We’ve got the experts and the tools to make your backyard look brand new. Contact us for a free quote.
December 17, 2020
What is Residential Powder Coating?
Residential powder coating is powder coating on any metal surfaces that can be found in your home. This includes the wire frame of tables, metal railings, and much more. Even outdoor metals such as gates, grills, patio décor, bike frames, and other outdoor toys, as well as smaller items such as gardening tools can be powder coated.
Why You Should Get Your Residential Metals Powder Coated
- Please Note that we cannot powder coat at the residence, all items must be brought to us
1. Powder Coated Metal Has Added Strength and Durability
Powder coated metal is significantly stronger than regular and painted metals. This strength comes from the process in which it is applied. By applying the coat electrostatically and finishing the bond chemically, which creates a powerful bond.
2. It Lasts Longer Than Regular Paint
Enamel paint, considered to be one of the best types of paint for outdoor metals, only lasts a measly 5-10 years. Some types of enamel paint can add durability, but that makes them less flexible and makes them more brittle. Other types of enamel paint will only add a sheen, and will lack durability. Powder coating lasts significantly longer and is able to be durable without any pitfalls. For example, powder coated metal chairs for the lawn can last 10-15 years, retaining vibrancy and durability until the very end despite harsh weather conditions. For indoor metals this time can be even longer, as there is no weathering.
3. Residential Powder Coating Adds Style
Outdoor metals can lose their vibrancy quickly, and indoor metals can be the perfect piece for a room, but can stick out like a sore thumb when it’s the wrong color. When you powder coat your metals, you give them strength, durability, and style. Powder coating comes in many colors, like red, blue, green, yellow, and almost any color you can think of.
The Leader in Powder Coating – A Houston Local Business
Cutting Edge Powder Coating is the leader in powder coating, with cutting edge techniques and facilities. If you want to support a local Houston business, and give your metals an upgrade too, visit the experts at Cutting Edge Powder Coating. For a free quote contact us.