IWF Education: You Can’t Powder Coat Wood…Or Can You?

26. May 2020 09:06

By: Jeff Hale, Director of Marketing: Gema USA Inc.

The use of powder coatings as a finish for wood substrates has been successfully accomplished for more than 20 years.  The term “wood” is used in a general context, as the primary product being coated with powder coatings has been engineered wood, or more commonly referred to as medium density fiberboard (MDF).  While MDF products are excellent choices for powder coating finish, other types of wood products were not as attractive.  However, over the last several years that has changed.  

Innovations in powder coating materials, application and curing equipment, and other process changes are producing greater performance results and expanding the type of substrates and end use products that successfully use powder coatings. 

For example, innovative breakthroughs have led to the use of powder coatings on particleboard, hardwood, OSB, as well as other non-conductive materials.  Additionally advanced application and curing techniques have help to enhance and improved the coating appearance and quality.

Powder Coatings offer many advantage, but specifically to manufacturers of products using MDF and other wood products, they can now apply a “laminate-like” finish to complex wood shapes.  Products that are traditionally coated with wet paint, vinyl, melamine, paper laminates, or other organic finishing process will find powder coatings to be an attractive alternative.  One major advantage to powder coatings it the ability to produce a seamless coating finish to curvilinear shapes, rounded or ogee edges, concave and convex surfaces, cabinet doors, drawers, and multiple sides simultaneously. 

To learn more about the advantages of powder coatings and the application methods onto wood and wood-based products, Be sure to attend the IWF 2020 and sign up for the conference session You Can’t Powder Coat Wood…Or Can You? Being conducted on Thursday, August 27, 2020, 9 am – 10 am.

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