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Frequently Asked Questions
 
  1. What is Powder Coating?
  2. Why Choose Powder Coating?
  3. How Are Parts Prepped For Powder Coating?
  4. Should I Sand/Strip Excess Paint?
  5. What If The Parts Currently Have A Chrome Finish?
  6. What If The Parts Are Pitted From Rust or Corrosion?
  7. Can Plastic Pieces Be Powder Coated?
  8. Will Powder Coat Flex With Items Like Automotive Coil Springs?
  9. What Specific Items Do Customers Send In For Powder Coating?
  10. Can Powder Coat Withstand Engine Temperatures?
  11. Is Powder Coat Resilient To Gasoline, Oil, Battery Acid?
  12. Does KPC Offer Custom Colors Such As "Candies or Chrome"?
  13. How Does Powder Coating Compare In Cost vs. "Wet" Paints?
  14. What If I Do Not Live Close Enough To Drop Off The Parts?
  15. Do I Need To Disassemble The Parts Before Sending Them?
  16. I'm Interested In The "Parts On Exchange". How Does This Work?

 
1. What is Powder Coating?
Powder coating, commonly referred to as "dry" paint, is a method of applying a decorative and protective finish to most all metallic parts. The powder is a combination of finely ground particles of color pigment and resin. When applied, the powder is electrostatically charged using a special gun while the parts are electrostatically grounded. The powder uniformly adheres to the part which is then placed in an oven to cure. The result is a smooth, lustrous coating that is extremely durable, scratch and chip resistant.
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2. Why Choose Powder Coating?
Powder coating is currently the single fastest growing finishing technology. Powder coating is much more resilient to chips, abrasions, UV light, automotive fuels such as gasoline, oil, and heat up to 350 degrees compared to ordinary “wet” paints. Since it is electrostatically applied, powder coating eliminates the possibility of runs and drips. The powder is environmentally friendly and there are no hazardous materials needed for cleanup.
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3. How Are Parts Prepped For Powder Coating?
Depending on the condition the part is received, it will first need to be stripped of all coatings down to the bare metal. We will need to degrease the item before running it through our sand blaster. If the part arrives already powder coated, we will need to chemically strip the coating before it can be sandblasted. The reason for this is because powder coat is so tough that sandblasting will not remove it. We will then pre-bake the part to release any gas pockets in the metal. Then the part will be cleaned one last time before being coated
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4. Should I Sand/Strip Excess Paint?
For most all paints it is not worth your time. We at KPC have all equipment necessary to fully strip all coatings down to bare metal. If you are considering sending in parts that already have a powder coating, you will need to contact us for a price quote.

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5. What If The Parts Currently Have A Chrome Finish?
With the aluminum oxide media, we will be able to blast away the old chrome layer revealing the bare metal. We will clean the part and then coat it. The result will be a part that looks better than new!
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6. What If The Parts Are Pitted From Rust or Corrosion?
Powder coat is approximately 2-3 times thicker than standard wet paints. After removing the oxidation, we will give a heavy coat of powder. This feature is great for covering up small pitting, corrosion, rust and revealing a smooth lustrous finish. Please view our Gallery to see an example.
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7. Can Plastic Pieces Be Powder Coated?
Since plastic is non conductive and rarely can withstand 400 degrees, plastic is not suited for powder coating. Upon request KPC will coat a small 4x4 piece of tin and send it along with your order. You will be able to take the coated tin into any paint store that offers computer color matching for an exact paint match to the color of powder.
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8. Will Powder Coat Flex With Items Like Automotive Coil Springs?
Powder coating is one of the only coatings that can withstand repetitive flexing commonly found on automotive springs. There is an example of two front coil springs that were coated in our Gallery. Most springs will already have a powder coated layer from the factory. We can clean up the look of the old springs by adding a vibrant new color.
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9. What Specific Items Do Customers Send In For Powder Coating?
KPC is proud to specialize in automotive powder coating. Most of our customers are looking to personalize their vehicle by adding some color and durability to intakes, valve covers, battery trays, small brackets, wheels, brake & suspension components. We also have motorcycle, jet ski, and snowmobile enthusiasts that want to add style and function to their machines. Since most liquid paints can not withstand corrosive salt water, we are seeing many new customers that are turning to the new technology of powder coating to satisfy their needs.
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10. Can Powder Coat Withstand Engine Temperatures?
We have received numerous emails asking this question. We stock only the highest grade indoor/outdoor powder. Our powder coating works excellent on all types of engine components. The only component that is limited to a special hi-temp black powder is the exhaust manifolds. Since the exhaust can reach in upwards of 1000 degrees, standard powder is not designed for that application.
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11. Is Powder Coat Resilient To Gasoline, Oil, Battery Acid?
Powder coat is an extremely resilient to all kinds of corrosive agents. Many of our customers are turning to powder coating because standard liquid paints are just not holding up. One such item that is a great candidate for powder coating is a battery tray for automobiles. You can see a great example in our Gallery.
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12. Does KPC Offer Custom Colors Such As "Candies or Chrome"?
We are proud to offer many custom colors such as Candy Blue, Candy Red, Mirror Chrome and Mirror Black just to name a few. There are great examples found in our Gallery. If you have a custom color in mind, drop us an email with a detailed description of the part and the colors requested.
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13. How Does Powder Coating Compare In Cost vs. "Wet" Paints?
Powder coating offers many specialty colors and textures not found with liquid paints. Even with the powder specialty colors, the associated costs are usually much less than that of liquid paints. The reason is because with conventional paints, a worker must first sand the area, then multiple layers of primer would need to be sprayed to "build up" a flat surface for the final paint color. As you have read, powder coat is approximately 2-3 times thicker than standard liquid paints and is up to 10 times more durable. Since powder coating is usually completed in just 1 layer, service costs are kept to a minimum. There is also no need for hazardous chemicals used in cleanup and the powder itself is environmentally friendly. In the end, powder coating is far superior in both cost and durability.
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14. What If I Do Not Live Close Enough To Drop Off The Parts?
At KPC, we take great care in packaging and shipping of your parts. We recommend using UPS, FedEx, or the U.S. Postal Service when shipping your parts to be coated. We have a UPS account which provides us with very reasonable shipping rates. We gladly pass our savings over to the customer.

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15. Do I Need To Disassemble The Parts Before Sending Them?
We kindly ask that all parts be disassembled before shipping to us. If you have any questions regarding what needs removed from a part, please contact us. Be sure to include a detailed description of the part.
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16. I'm Interested In The "Parts On Exchange". How Does This Work?
We realize that not all customers have the luxury of driving another vehicle while their parts are being sent out for powder coating. That is why we started offering parts on "Exchange Basis". We have over 50 different makes & models of valve covers and many other various vehicle components. For all parts on Exchange, there is an associated core charge because we are supplying the part. If you have any questions, please read our Policies Page or Contact Us for more details.
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