Any experienced painter will tell you never to paint a dirty surface. The same is true for OEM paint lines. All well-run paint lines begin with sufficient surface preparation. Improper pretreatment will set any line up for failure regardless of applicator experienced or the quality of the coating. Over the 50 years we've been formulating and manufacturing paint, we've come across more than a handful of paint issues that were ultimately traced back to surface preparation.
There’s nothing more frustrating to supply chain managers and purchasing agents than not knowing how much something costs. With that in mind, here are some factors that contribute to the cost of an industrial coating and the effects they ultimately have on price.
When facing capacity constraints or dealing with unfamiliar paint chemistries, paint manufacturers often consider utilizing a toll paint producer.
Producing paint, particularly high-performance OEM coatings, is a resource intensive process riddled with potential issues. To avoid these problems, companies often rely on toll paint manufacturers for their OEM coatings.
Most consumers assume the company whose name appears on a label manufactures the paint. They’re a paint company after all—why wouldn’t they make their own paint? In reality, many companies rely on toll paint producers, third party companies with optimal expertise, equipment, capacity, and other requirements that make them best suited for paint production. Here’s an outline of some factors to consider when deciding on a toll paint producer.
Prudent manufacturers continually optimize efficiency, accuracy, and throughput in their OEM operations. Industrial coatings and paint lines should be a focus of this continuous improvement. Your industrial coatings supplier should be a partner for ensuring your paint line runs as smoothly as possible. Work with your paint supplier to ensure your coating line is a reliable and predictable part of your operation.
Some complex parts that need coating do not lend themselves to spray, powder, or other widely used application methods. Dip coating is the process of choice for finishing materials full of nooks, crannies, and other hard-to-reach areas, provided these hard to reach areas can be drained.
The coating on an industrial end product might seem like an afterthought, but it’s far from it. Choosing a coating affects the aesthetic, durability and usability of any product. If you’re involved in the manufacturing process of industrial products, you also know that every material you use affects your process and your bottom line.
An industrial coating’s integrity can have a substantial impact on a product’s appearance, longevity and effectiveness. While it’s easy to blame coatings failures on a bad batch of paint, the root cause of failures often lies elsewhere and requires investigation.
Manufacturers have learned to create a sense of high-quality—and even luxury—in their products by adding a soft-feel coating to plastic, metal, and other surfaces. These coatings can be formulated to feel rubbery, velvety, leathery, and nearly anything in-between, to differentiate products from the competition.