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IQS Directory provides a comprehensive list of coating services and suppliers. Use our website to review and source top coating service companies with roll over ads and detailed product descriptions. Find coating companies that can provide coating services to your companies specifications. Then contact the coating service companies through our quick and easy request for quote form. Website links, company profile, locations, phone, product videos and product information is provided for each company. Access customer reviews and keep up to date with product news articles. Whether you are looking for polyurethane coating services, teflon coating services, and rubber coating services, this is the resource for you.

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    Coating Services Precision Dip Coating provides quality engineering and supply chain services all while adding value and lowering costs for your business. With over 20 years of experience in the dip coating industry, Precision Dip Coating can provide you with quality service and the best coated or molded products at a price that works for you. Let us save you time, money, and eliminate your supply chain problems. Read More......

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Coating services refer to various processes that are used to apply a thin layer of material onto another material, which is often referred to as the substrate. There are many different purposes that coatings can serve, but the primary two reasons to coat a substrate are to protect the substrate from environmental conditions, corrosion and wear-and-tear. Coating can also give any desired aesthetic characteristics such as color, tint, scent and texture to the substrate that it does not already possess.

Coatings are used to impart certain desired qualities onto the surface of a product. Able to be applied in any state - liquid, gas or solid - coatings are utilized in a vast range of plastic and metal finishing processes. Coatings are classified in several ways, ranging from the material being used (such as phosphate coatings), the state of the material being used (such as powder coatings) and the type of material being used (such as metal coatings). Some of the more common industrial coatings include ceramic coatings, rubber coatings and steel coatings. Teflon coatings are best known for their non-stick properties and conformal coatings are best for the protection of electrical circuitry from environmental factors like dust and moisture that can cause mechanical failure. Epoxy coatings utilize highly adhesive materials and are typically applied on automotive or industrial parts applications. Plasma coatings are a rare, specialized type of coating service using tougher materials like carbide and can resist extremely high temperatures. Metal finishing is used to shape components and improve the bonding of adhesives. Some desirable characteristics of a coating include magnetic properties, water-resistant properties and anti-reflection properties. An essential part of many finished products, coating services are used in a wide variety of applications and in industries such as industrial manufacturing, food and beverage, medical, automotive and electronics.

A broad spectrum of coating services are available. When it comes to deciding which coating should be used, one must take the application into consideration. Coatings can be chosen based on factors like whether they have the desired properties and how cost-efficient they are for the particular application. Devices and parts that can be coated are: steel or concrete materials, surgical blades, orthopedic implants, dental instruments, bearings, beltings, gaskets, pumps, valves and electric circuitry. Some applications require hard coatings like ceramic or steel, while others require soft coatings like rubber. Ceramic coatings are non-metallic coatings that offer the advantage of being able to be used at extremely high temperatures. As inorganic materials, ceramic coatings are extremely hard as well as corrosion resistant. Steel coating is another type of hard protective coating. Steel is a metal alloy mostly consisting of iron. Steel coatings refer to the various coating used to coat steel to provide it with additional strength, durability and corrosion-resistance. Conversely, rubber coatings are highly elastic materials and although they are not used in the same way as hard protective coatings, they are used for protective applications. In addition, rubber coating works extremely well as a sealant, and it is often used to protect parts from various forms of moisture such as water or liquid chemicals.

Different coatings are better suited for specific applications, and some applications require more complicated methods of coating. Therefore some fairly specialized industrial coating processes exist.  Some of the more specialized forms of coating include powder coating, phosphate coating and conformal coating. Powder coating is crucial to the industrial manufacturing sector and is an important process for many diverse applications. Powder coating is the process of applying a dry and free-flowing powdered paint to a substrate. Able to produce thicker coatings than traditional liquid coatings, powder coating is also typically a much more cost-efficient process. It can, however, be difficult to control how smooth the surface texture of a powder-coated part turns out to be. In phosphate coating, phosphoric acid is utilized in order to create the coating. Phosphate salts such as manganese, zinc and iron are dissolved in a phosphoric acid solution and when substrates are immersed in the solution the coating is formed as a result of a chemical reaction. Consequentially, phosphate coatings are a form of electroless coating because they do not require the use of electricity in order to deposit a thin layer of the desired material onto the substrate. Many different methods are used to achieve conformal coating. The coating can be applied manually or mechanically using brushing, spraying or dipping techniques. This type of coating is mainly used to protect electric circuitry.

Lastly, there are several coating processes that are even more specialized than the aforementioned processes. Two of these specialty coating processes include epoxy coating and plasma coating. Epoxy coatings are more common than plasma coatings and utilize epoxy resins, or thermosetting polymers, which are highly adhesive materials. Epoxy coatings are typically two-part and can be either water- or solvent-based. This type of coating service is typically used on automotive and industrial parts and products because epoxy coatings offer many advantages that work well for these applications including exceptional hardness, ultraviolet (UV) resistance and low volatility. A much more rare coating service, plasma coating refers to the method used to coat the substrate rather than the coating material itself. Plasma coatings can be wide-ranging but characteristically tough materials such as carbide, ceramic, aluminum oxides and stainless steel. As a type of spray application coating, plasma coating services are achieved by means of an extremely hot thermal spray (that exceeds the melting point of any known material) in which plasma flames are generated. The plasma is typically formed as a result of either one of or a mixture of one of these four materials: helium, nitrogen, argon and hydrogen.

Coating Services Types

  • Air-dried coatings, including forced-air dried coatings, are those which are not heated above 194ºF (90ºC) for coating or drying.
  • Air spray techniques utilize compressed air to spray liquid coating through a small opening at high pressure. The materials are not mixed with air before being sprayed through the nozzle.
  • Baked coatings are heated to a temperature of 194ºF (90ºC) in order to cure or dry them.
  • Ceramic coating services enable the deposition of inorganic ceramic materials onto another material, typically metal, that is referred to as the substrate.
  • Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) is a thin-film coating process that produces a film by a chemical reaction. CVD processes often use unstable elements to coat cemented carbide inserts.
  • Chromate conversion coatings have good corrosion resistance and provide a good base for paint or rubber bonding. However, chromate conversion coatings have little to no abrasion resistance.
  • Conformal coating is a process in which dielectric coating, such as epoxy, urethane, parylene, acrylic and silicone, is sprayed onto a substrate. Conformal coatings are used to protect products from fungus, moisture, abrasion, corrosion, etc.
  • Dry film coating is a lubrication process that helps to prevent scuffing and galling, reduces friction, provides extra protection by preventing damage from oil film failure and aids in the distribution of heat, resulting in less metal fatigue, which reduces the chance of part failure. Dry film coating does not cause any dimensional changes to the product to which it is applied, because it is impregnated directly into the metal surface.
  • Electrocoating, also known as “electrodeposition,” “electrophoretic deposition” or “electropainting,” is a process that resembles electroplating, in that it uses an electric current to apply thin-film primers and one-coat finishes onto the metallic substrates. However, this organic finishing process does not deposit metal ions onto the substrates, but rather, waterborne paint.
  • Electroless nickel plating is a quick, easy, economical chemical reduction application process that avoids the use of electrolytic energy. Electroless nickel plating is ideal for small parts, provides an even, uniform layer, leaves no anode shadow, does not pose disposal problems and can be applied to many metals, including all steels, irons, copper, brass, bronze, lead free solders and nickel alloys.
  • Electrostatic spraying is a process in which the paint is given a negative or positive charge before it is sprayed and the workpiece is oppositely charged, resulting in the attraction of the paint particles, uniform dispersion and reduction of waste. Electrostatic spraying, which is well-suited to automation because it increases production rate, reduces corrosion, protects against scratching, stops contact with air, water, chemicals, etc., alters appearance of workpieces and gives good finishes. 
  • Epoxy coating is the process of applying a thin layer of an epoxy, which includes a variety of typically thermosetting polymer resins, over another material such as plastic or metal.
  • Hot melt coating is a method used to apply plastic materials to a substrate. Hot melt coating is frequently used on papers and books and does not necessitate the use of solvents. 
  • Industrial coating services encompass a wide range of processes used to deposit a thin layer of materials onto a part, referred to as a substrate, that is typically metallic but may also be a polymer.
  • Ion-plasma coatings are very dense and are highly wear- and corrosion-resistant.
  • Laminating is a process by which a plastic transparent film is applied to one or both sides of a product. Most frequently used for paper products, the laminate enhances both decorative and protective qualities.
  • Liquid paint coatings are applied by spraying—atomizing the paint into a fine mist—and depositing the mist on the surface of the part, where the tiny droplets flow together to form a film. Liquid paint coatings are available in a wide variety of colors and contain binders, solvents and pigment.
  • Manganese phosphating is a coating process that is used in the pretreatment of iron and steel surfaces prior to painting, especially military equipment that requires oil or greased paints. Manganese phosphate coatings are highly corrosion and wear resistant.
  • Metal coating is the application of a thin or series of thin coats of any of various metals. Some types of metal coatings include electroless nickel plating, phosphate and chromium.
  • Metal finishing removes surface to produce a flat, even surface.
  • Passivation is a process that removes excess iron molecules from the surface of stainless steel products, typically with the use of nitric acid solutions. The danger of rust then becomes negligible.
  • Phosphate coatings chemically convert the surface of a base metal into a non-metallic, crystalline coating.
  • Physical vapor deposition (PVD) is a thin-film process in which a material is placed inside a vacuum chamber and vaporized. The atoms are transported across the chamber onto the substrate and condense into a film on the substrate. 
  • Plasma coating is the process of utilizing plasma flames in order to spray various coating materials onto metal substrates.
  • Plastic coating is a layer of plastic material that is dried on top of a substrate. Plastic coating is ideal for odd shapes and when materials need to be coated entirely.
  • Powder coating eliminates the need for polishing by applying dry paint to a component.
  • Rubber coating is the process of coating a metal or plastic substrate with a protective outer surface layer of elastomeric material.
  • Steel coating refers to the substrate, which is the steel workpiece, being coated, rather than the coating material itself.
  • Teflon (polytetrafluorethylene) coatings are utilized for such items as cooking utensils and other industrial applications, because of the non-sticking characteristic of Teflon.
  • Thermal spray coatings are typically zinc or aluminum and are heated until liquefied. Liquid drops are then blown by means of a compressed air jet onto the substrate, creating a porous coat.
  • Thin film coatings, which include physical vapor deposition (PVD) and chemical vapor deposition (CVD), are used predominantly in the manufacturing of electrical devices.
  • Vacuum coating is a process in which the coating material is applied in a vacuum chamber to the substrate. Usually the material is vaporized and then transferred through a chamber to the substrate.
  • Zinc phosphate coating is a paint pretreatment that is commonly used to develop good bonding qualities between the paint and the galvanized or galvannealed coatings on steel sheets and is applied while the steel is in a coil, to the cut sheet or to the fabricated article. Zinc phosphate coatings greatly aid paint adhesion, in that they dramatically decrease the tendency for paint disbondment during subsequent atmospheric exposure in a corrosive environment.

Coating Services Terms

Adhesion – The strength of the coating bond to the substrate. Some techniques for measuring adhesion include the tape test, scratch adhesion test and stud-pull-off test.
Adhesive Applicators – Tools used to apply an adhesive or bonding agent, including squeeze bottles, pressure tanks, glue guns and coating machinery.
Binder – A non-volatile material, commonly a resin, in a coating that forms a film by binding the pigment and additive particles together.
Biocide – A chemical agent, sometimes added to waterborne coatings, which prevents microbial degradation by killing the organisms that cause it.
Bituminous Coating – A compound made from tar or asphalt that provides a protective finish for a surface.
Coating Applicator – A machine used to apply defect-free films to products. Factors that affect the quality of the coating include line speed, viscosity and percent solids.
Cohesion – The ability of a substance to adhere to itself. When delamination occurs within a material, it is referred to as cohesive failure.
Delamination – Also known as “cohesive failure,” it is the separation of a coating from its substrate. Delamination can also refer to the division among multiple coating layers.
Hylar – A material that is quite stable when exposed to harsh environments and is applied to such products as semiconductors, chemical processing, wire, cable, piping and tubing. Hylar is useful in the preparation of corrosion-resistant coatings for chemical process equipment and durable decorative finishes on building panels, due to its ability to be dissolved at high temperatures in certain polar solvents, such as esters and ketones.
Insulbar – A glass-fiber, reinforced polyamide nylon material that provides superior insulation, strength and durability, especially on windows.
Kynar – A material used in coating applications to provide high mechanical and dielectric strength, thermal stability and abrasion, chemical and solvent, UV and radiation and weathering resistance. Kynar coatings have been used as pipe liners in chemical processing plants, on equipment that is constantly exposed to high concentration of chlorine and chlorine dioxide, typically in paper and pulp processing plants, and in silicon microcircuit fabrication.
Parylene – An atypical polymer conformal coating that conforms to almost any shape.
Substrate – The material that is being coated.
Scratch Adhesion Test – An adhesion test for coatings that normally uses a diamond stylus to apply a force to the coating. The test is affected by factors that include the substrate material and its hardness, the geometry of the part and the thickness and hardness of the coating.
Stud-Pull-Off Adhesion Test – An adhesion test in which a stud containing a head with a specified surface area is epoxy-glued to the coating. A machine pulls on the stud with amplifying force until it is pulled off.
Tape Adhesion Test – An adhesion test in which a certified tape is adhered to a coating and removed. If any coating is observed on the tape, it is a sign of an adhesive problem.

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