Established in 1963, Foremost Coating Inc is a leader in AQMD compliant liquid and powder coatings.




What is Powder Coating?

Powder coating was introduced to the United States in the late 60ís. It started to really take off in the mid 70ís and has steadily gained in popularity for a number of reasons.

Powder coating is comparatively environmentally friendly. Powders contain no solvents  and thus have very low air emissions when curing. Typical powders have a VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) rating of <1.0 pounds per gallon (there is an EPA test method for this!) versus liquid paints in the range of 2.5-7.0 pounds per gallon. There is very little waste with powder. Powder over spray can be collected and reused, rather than just thrown away as with paint over spray.  Powder coating is easy to do. It is much easier to become "good" at applying powder than it is liquid paint. Clean up is also much easier, you can use an air hose instead of solvent.

Basically how it works!

Simply put, powder is paint applied by a different method. Most all powder paints start life as a liquid, very similar to spray paint. This is where the resin, various components and pigments are mixed  into a homogenous mass. From there they are partially cured, converted into a solid, extruded and ground (cryogenically) to the desired level. Color matches are much more difficult with powder, as once it is made into the powder coating, it is done, versus paint that can have additives used to give desired effects (color tint, gloss, leveling, texture etc.).

Powder is just another method of laying down an organic film, i.e. paint. A powder coating of epoxy will have the same basic properties such as poor UV (sunlight) resistance as a liquid paint. For our purposes, resin types should be limited to Acrylic, Polyester, TGIC Polyester and Urethane resins. These are the systems that have the best UV resistance which equates to gloss retention outdoors.

Applied dry, the finely ground particles are electro statically charged and sprayed onto the item. The item then enters the oven to melt and cure the coating. Powder Coating makes the item resistant to corrosion, abrasion and fading. Foremost offers a complete line of in-stock colors, finishes and textures. Custom colors/matching can be special ordered upon request.

Powder Coating is durable, attractive, economical and Foremost offers an immersion three-stage, iron phosphate cleaning system, high-pressure power wash and sandblasting. Masking is available, when specified.

Foremost coats a variety of items in the automotive, architectural and general metal-fabricating industries and takes pride in giving each of its customers personal attention with the highest quality product at the most competitive price, call today for a quote 310-877-0299

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