Powder coating superior coating and color protection to Steel Ceiling Tiles
What exactly is powder coating?
Powder coating steel ceiling tiles refers to the process in which polyester resin, pigment, and pulverized metal is baked onto the steel. The electrically charged particles are shot onto the steel at high temperatures that cause the particles to melt and attach to the steel tiles. Because of this extremely scientific process that adheres the particles to the tiles, powder coating offers advantages over more traditional options such as paints. Steel ceiling tiles that are protected with powder coating tend to require fewer coats yet have a stronger finish. Powder coated finishes are designed to match the color of the steel ceiling tiles, nails, and other elements that hold your ceiling together.
How powder coating is applied to steel ceiling tiles
Typically, the process of powder coating steel ceiling tiles occurs in a manufacturing facility. The process of electrically charging powder coating particles and adhering them to steel tiles is a complex process that requires special equipment. In the plant, the steel tiles are moving on a conveyor line that goes through an automatic powder-coating booth. As the conveyor belt brings the steel tiles in, a gun blasts these electrically charged particles onto the tiles. Afterwards, the tiles are placed in an oven to seal the chemical bond.
While the most popular option for consumers is to purchase steel tiles with powder coating, it is actually possible to do this process yourself but only if you’re very handy. To protect your steel ceiling with powder coating:
- Ensure that your tiles are clean. Purchase a cleaning solution from your local paint store and rinse the tiles with demineralized water. Prepare the tiles with a treatment of phosphate solution. Be sure to let the tiles fully air dry to ensure all moisture is off the steel tile surface.
- Once the tiles are dry, use your electrostatic spray gun that’s loaded with thermoplastic paint powder and evenly spray a coat of paint over each tile. Since the spray gun evenly distributes, there’s no need to heavily coat.
- Place the tiles in the oven and heat according to the paint manufacturer’s instructions. Allow 24 hours for the tiles to cool afterwards.
It is a LOT easier to purchase steel ceilings tiles that have already been power coated. We have a large selection of such tiles on our website, www.metalceilingexpress.com/unfinished-steel.