Powder Coating

Powder Coatings are electrostatically applied through batch operations. Standard operations include four manual guns.

Fluidize Bed application of powder: Parts of 4’x 4′ x 2′ tall

Oven sizes are up to 20′ long x 7′ wide x 9′ high
Maximum extended length is 24′-0″ long (single part)
Max oven temperature is 550 Degrees F.

All items are pre-cleaned to a minimum standard of SSPC-SP5
Maximum weight for single parts is limited to 3,500 lbs each
Powders applied include Hybrids, Epoxy, Urethanes and Polyesters.
We generally rotate a stock of 300 in-house colors.

Powder application is performed two shifts per day with a third shift available for surge production requirements.

Packing of finished parts are performed using standard commercial methods or finish packed in accordance with customers requirements for direct shipping.

Powder Coating Services

  • Powder Coating Steel
  • Powder Coating Architectural
  • Powder Coating Industrial
  • Powder Coating Automotive Parts
  • Powder Coating Motorcycle Parts
  • Powder Coating Furniture
  • Powder Coating Aluminum
  • Powder Coating Galvanized

American Stripping Virginia Powder Coating

ASCo has been in the protective coatings and powder coating business since 1980. Technology and equipment has changed as well as the increased use of powder coated finish is retrofit projects and new manufacturing. ASCO (American Stripping Company) provides the best quality and on time completion for powder coated products in the greater Virginia, Maryland, and Northern VA regions.

ASCo – American Stripping Company has an incredible team of highly skilled technicians, this team understand the value of high quality rapid and production schedules. We treat each part and each customer with the same care and quality assurance principles to ensure complete satisfaction and to be sure we have met or exceeded the customer expectation.

Cost or pricing parts for powder coating service has several variables. These include condition of part, new or old, how much paint or rust, is the part heavy, ability hang the part with minimal blemishes, powder type, powder color and packing that may be required. As and example an automotive part that that is heavily coated with grease and oil will cost more than the same part that is dry and rusty. Give us a call or send us an email with a description of your parts, pictures or drawings.

Powder Coating Application Technical Information

Powder coating applicators and materials are not all the same. Variables include oven size or capacity, part or component weight, surface preparation and type of powder used.  Most powder coated finishes we apply are done using electrostatic spray or fluidized bed application. Electrostatic spray provides good film coverage’s on all surfaces except inside corner or holes. In these areas a “Farraday Cage” effect occurs that actually forces powder away from these areas. Powder tends to have better coverage on outside corners more so than inside corners. Depending on the part shape, project specification most polyester powders will have a coating thickness of 2.0 – 4.0 mils thickness. Coating thickness and coating coverage can vary depending on application voltage at the gun, target surfaces shape, target surface temperature, powder characteristics. Some of these variables can be controlled and others cannot.

Powder coating process time and powder cure time are two distinctly different measurements of time. Process time is from the time a part arrives, that part is documented and logged into our system. This step requires from 2 minutes to several hours depending on quantity of parts. The next time element to the process is surface preparation, this may include blast cleaning, deburring or degreasing as required for that specific project. The powder application time can be the shortest part of the project. Once the cleaned part has been hung and the correct powder type and color has been identified then the powder can be electrostaticity applied. A small part that is the size of a shoe box can be sprayed in a couple of minutes time, a larger part such as a steel truck frame may require 30 minutes or more. After coatings have been applied next comes the cure time. Cure time is different for each powder and dwell time is different depending on type of oven and or line speed. As rule of thumb for cure is 20 minutes @ 400 degrees  is required to cure most powders. However guessing at the cure time required is not an effective way to insuring proper cure. Simple calculations can be performed based on part density and size and then verified using an oven data pack recorder. The electronic chart recorder is very accurate and provides the best quality assurance that cure times calculated are accurate.  Once the heated parts have reached the proper cure time they are removed from the oven and allowed to cool. Powders are thermo setting so once the parts have been cooled to be handled or packed they can be shipped. Lightweight parts cool faster than heavy parts.