Environmentally Safe Coatings
AIC - Amerikote is Environmentally Friendly
The powder coating process is becoming very popular and is rapidly taking over as the most popular finishes and a great alternative to paint. The process is environmentally friendly and has no solvents opposed to paint methods. Powder coating is an advanced method of applying decorative and protective coatings to a wide range of materials and products that are used by both industries and consumers. Powdercoating is the fastest growing finishing technology in North America, representing over 10% of all industrial finishing applications.
During the lifetime of the paint on your walls, it will also continue to release chemicals into the environment as invisible paint pollution. When VOC’s react with oxygen, they can form ‘bad’ ozone in the presence of sunlight. This is a contributory factor to the greenhouse effect and a cause of global warming. Studies have found paints and varnishes to be the cause of as much as five percent of all VOC emissions.
Paints tend to have very environmentally friendly names such as ‘Forest Green’, ‘Sunflower Yellow’, or ‘Sky Blue’ to lull you into a false sense of eco-purity, but don't let it – standard household paints can be a smooth blend of highly toxic chemicals.
Paints generally include pigment (the color), carried by a resin and/or binder, a solvent to help the paint application, and a dryer. In acrylic and vinyl paints they will also include plastics compounds.-- some will include formaldehyde, arsenic, thinners, and foamers.
Paint pollution isn't limited to house paint, paint used to deter limpets, mussels, and other sea organisms from sticking to the bottom of boats has been labeled as the most toxic substance ever to be unleashed on the marine environment.
With powder coating no solvents are used and it eliminates Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC's) which results in cleaner air for us all. There are several advantages of powder coating over conventional liquid coatings. Thicker coatings can be achieved compared to traditional liquid coatings without running or sagging. There is no such thing as over spray with powder coat. Most powder coating over spray that does not adhere to the part can be retrieved and reused, virtually eliminating the waste commonly found in liquid finishing processes. Excess powder from the coating process is recycled, thus it is possible to achieve nearly 100% use of the coating. Elimination of VOC’s and reduction of wastes saves money and helps companies comply more easily and economically with the regulations of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
History has shown that powder coating is the best way to not only give your trailers and other items a fresh look that will last a very long time but also to help the environment as an individual consumer.
If you have any further questions about the eco-friendliness of powdercoating feel free to ask! We are happy to talk about the green benefits (and all the other benefits!) of powder coating.
Our powder coating process employs a solvent free mix of plastic resins, pigments, and fillers that melt and fuse together when heatedread more
Thermoplastic coatings are a new powdercoating process that melt to form a fusion bonded coating, and then cool to produce superior physical properties from traditional powder coating. Traditional coatings use a process of applying powder material and heat to the melt the powder to the object.read more
Our customers can enjoy the convenience and time savings of making just one stop for all their media blasting, stripping and powder coating needs. Give us a call about your blasting and coating needs.read more