Friday, June 24, 2016

The Problem-Solution Series: Part 22

Pestered by Pinholes



Problem:

Pinholes have formed on the surface of the coating. What do you do?

Origin/Cause:
An incompatible powder is contaminating the coating. 

Solution:
Clean the application equipment when you are changing the powder from one powder to the next. 

Second Origin:
Out-gassing is producing pinholes. Luckily, there are many possible solutions to this problem. 

Solution 1:
Determine the metal porosity. Then, adjust processing to minimize the effects of the metal porosity. 

Solution 2:
Adjust the dry-off oven temperature to ensure no moisture is on the part. 

Solution 3:
Check the powder for moisture introduced in reclaim, from air supply, or from the virgin powder. 

Solution 4:
A thick film may be causing out-gassing. Reduce the film thickness so that the gas can escape through the surface during cure. 

Solution 5:
Urethane powder coatings may emit a blocking agent. Due to this, pinholes may occur on the surface at a film build above 3 mils.

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