Wet Paint – Engineers Tool box
Reasons to choose Wet Paint:
Wet paint has long been the go to for high specification, detailed finishes. Allowing a thinner application and a vast range of finishes and gloss levels. Wet paint can also be applied as a spatter, texture or hammer finishes allowing coverage of surfaces that are not smooth. PCML have been supplying wet painted parts into high end audio, microscope stage and inkjet industries for a number of years. Gaining recognition globally for the high levels of standards,
Wet paint finish is applied to the substrate using a pressured system allowing a fine and even spray, around 25µ to 35µ as a standard thickness top coat. Predominantly the finish coat is applied to an etch primer surface designed to bond the paint to the substrate.
PCML use 1 pack chromate free etches and various other pre-treatments, and predominantly use 2 pack epoxy and polyester top coats.
PCML utilise the latest 3M Versaflo respirators and water curtain booths, ensuring the operative and environment is protected.
Pros and cons:
- Superior finish than that of powder coat
- an be applied to any surface, were high temperature curing is not required
- Has a varied amount of finishes, from spatter, texture and hammer. Assisting with covering uneven substrates.
- Can be applied in much thinner coat that that of powder
- Can be reworked without the requirement of fully stripping the component
- Can be filled and flatted prior to top coating as the substrate does not have to be metallic
- Available in various specifications
- 2 Pack epoxy – suitable for lab and biotech equipment and applications where the product is in aggressive environments
- 2 Pack polyester – suitable for applications where the product is in contact with inks and chemicals.
- Various gloss levels including, matt, egg shell, satin and semi-gloss and gloss, also these gloss levels can be used to produce spatter finishes.
- PCML have also developed a one coat solution 1 pack chromate finish, that is highly matt and is the perfect solution to internal components that require a matt finish to reduce light reflection.
- Less durable than powder coating
- Requires at least two operations, with etch primer and top coat required
- Costs more than a standard powder coat finish
PCML Paint Facility
Here at PCML we pride ourselves on our finishing and have invested heavily in a bespoke paint shop, running on a slight positive pressure with an air circulating system to help reduce fine fibres and dust in the atmosphere from being deposited onto the substrate. We even have a separate booth utilising the same system as the main facility that has a joining oven for the highest quality finish, allowing the part to be coated and baked off without entering into the paint shop environment. All parts are degreased thoroughly and masked to exacting detail prior to the wet paint application where required. PCML chill and filter the air feed to ensure consistent even flow of clean air is used to apply the coating. Due to the high level of detail we run a hand finished wet paint application, ensuring the highest quality finish with all parts undergoing a 100% documented visual quality procedure that is audited on a regular basis.
PCML use only the finest paints, supplied by industry leading suppliers such as Trimite, AkzoNobel Cromadex and Mankiewics
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