Automotive Powder Coating
Durable, Professional Grade Paint Alternative
At Apex Customs, we offer full-service powder coating solutions for any automotive application directly onsite at our Phoenix Arizona shop. Unlike traditional paint, powder coating offers a durable mechanical bond for your car, truck, SUV, or motorcycle parts which is designed to withstand the harsh elements and hazards of the road more effectively than any other coating available in the aftermarket.
A process by which all the luxury and exotic car manufacturers utilize to create that beautiful, durable finish you see on that $300,000 Ferrari, powder coating offers any automotive enthusiast the best metal finish the industry has to offer. Whether you're looking to change the color of your wheels, protect your suspension parts from the hazards of the road, or provide corrosion protection for your custom fabricated parts, powder coating is an affordable solution that will provide years of protection and an appealing finish that is sure to capture the attention of everyone who sees your ride cruising down the road.
Powder coating is a metal finishing process that replaces traditional chemically bonded wet paint for any metal part that requires a superior coating. The main difference between conventional liquid paint and powder coating is powder coating does not require a solvent to keep the binder and filler parts in a liquid suspension form. The colored powder utilized in the powder coating process is a thermoplastic or thermoset polymer which is applied electrostatically and cured through a baking process allowing it to form a single complete skin covering the entire metal part.
Located in Phoenix, we offer convenient automotive powder coating services for Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, Glendale, Gilbert, Chandler and surrounding areas in Arizona. Unlike our competitors, we are a one-stop-shop for all of your automotive powder coating needs. We have the skills, tools, and equipment on site to remove your parts, prep them with media blasting, apply the powder, bake the coating, and reinstall your parts in hours rather than weeks.
Powder Coating Services
- Wheel & Rim Powder Coating
- Engine Powder Coating
- Brake Caliper Powder Coating
- Motorcycle Powder Coating
- Suspension Powder Coating
- Metal Powder Coating
Powder Coating Services
At our Phoenix Powder Coating shop, we specialize in automotive powder coating services. We're not just a Powder Coat shop, we are a full-service custom automotive shop who understands the unique challenges and requirements to successfully install and maintain powder coated car and truck parts. From wheels to engines and suspension, we can powder coat anything metal you bring us.
Unlike our competition, we have one of the largest powder coating ovens in the area directly on site. A number of other Vinyl Wrap shops in the area followed our lead to offer powder coating service alongside vinyl. However, none of those shops have the equipment to actually do powder coating. They are taking your parts to another shop and charging you a premium. Cut out the middle man and bring your Powder Coating project direct to the source. We are automotive and powder coating experts, we specialize in all things custom automotive so we know exactly what we're doing when it comes to powder coating vehicle parts.
Wheel Powder Coating
Do you have a set of old wheel's that need to be revived? Maybe a new set of wheels that you want to match the color of your vinyl wrap or paint job. At our Phoenix Powder Coating shop, we are experts in the Powder Coated wheel department. We can repair your damaged wheel and give it a new coat of durable powder coating that will not only look fantastic, it will protect the metal underneath.
At Apex Customs Phoenix, we can dismount your tires, powder coat your wheels, and remount your wheels in no time flat. Unlike traditional Powder Coating shops in the area that require you to just bring them the wheel, requiring you to pay a tire shop to remove the tire and remount it, we will complete the entire process on site. No need to lose your car for a week while you run your wheels around town, just drop off your ride and pick it up a few days later!
- Wheel Powder Coating Process
- Remove your wheel and tire
- Remove your tires from the wheels
- Sandblast your wheels
- Apply powder to the wheels
- Bake wheels in oven
- Remount the tires to your newly Powder Coated wheels
- Reinstall the wheels and tires on your ride to factory spec
Engine Powder Coating
Looking to add some color to your motor? At our Phoenix Powder Coat shop we can powder valve covers to engine blocks. Powder Coating will provide you the looks and the engine protection needed to set your car apart from the rest. An engine bay that is matched to the color of your ride will put the finishing touches on your custom ride that will turn heads and protect those expensive parts from the wear and tear of the combustion process.
Common Powder Coated Engine Parts
- Air Intake Piping & Boxes
- Valve Covers
- Battery Boxes & Trays
- Engine Blocks
- Fuel Rails
- Intercooler Piping
- Timing Covers
Brake Caliper Powder Coating
There is no better way to top off those new rims with a set of Powder Coated brake calipers. Brake calipers are subject to the hard elements of mother nature, grease and grime, and worst of all brake dust. Traditional automotive paint just won't hold up to the duties of the braking system. Powder Coating on the other hand will withstand just about anything the elements will through at it. It's durable, provides a protective coating from rust, and best of all is available in a wide range of colors.
At our Phoenix Powder Coating shop, we specialize in automotive powder coating applications. Unlike our powder competitors, you can bring your entire vehicle to us and we'll take care of everything. No need to remove your calipers, break them down, take them to the powder shop, rebuild and reinstall them.
- Brake Caliper Powder Coating Process
- Remove your wheels and brake calipers
- Disassemble your brake calipers and remove seals
- Sand blast your brake calipers
- Apply Powder to your brake calipers
- Bake your brake calipers
- Reassemble your calipers with new seals
- Apply any OEM or custom graphic you desire
- Reinstall your calipers and wheels to factory specs
Motorcycle Powder Coating
Are you looking to add some color to your motorcycle? Whether you're looking to spruce up your motorcycle frame or just add some accent colors, powder coating will provide a durable finish in any color you desire. Motorcycle parts are exposed to the weather and road elements that most car and truck parts are protected from. A durable powder coating will prevent the scratches, chipping, and cracking that traditional paint is often subject to.
At our Phoenix Powder Coat shop, we can handle any motorcycle part from frames to tanks and covers. Our powder oven is large enough to handle any motorcycle component you're looking to coat. Our skilled technicians will professionally disassemble, sandblast, powder, and reassemble your parts to factory spec.
Suspension Powder Coating
Suspension parts are one of the most stressed components on a car, truck, or van. If you're looking to add some color and extra protection to your suspension, automotive powder coating is the only solution that will hold up to the elements and stress. Whether you're looking to color match your wheels, or add some rust protection to a custom fabricated part, the powder coating team at Apex Customs has you covered.
At our Phoenix Arizona Powder Coating shop, we have the capacity and equipment to handle any automotive application. Suspension parts such as springs, trailing arms, sway bars, struts, disc brake center caps, and custom fabricated parts are common suspension parts that we Powder Coat at Apex customs. Our skilled technicians will sandblast your part down to the bare metal, apply the powder of your choice, and bake in our industrial powder coating oven for a durable coating with lasting protection.
Metal Powder Coating
At Apex Customs Phoenix, our Powder Coating services are limited to only automotive parts. Just about anything metal, we can Powder Coat. From household projects like metal chairs and kitchen appliances to commercial projects like railings and signs, our industrial ovens and powder equipment can handle anything you want coated.
Common Powder Coat Applications
- Gate Powder Coating
- Chair Powder Coating
- Table Powder Coating
- Bicycle Frame Powder Coating
- Shelving Powder Coating
What is Powder Coating?
Powder Coating is a durable, industrial grade coating that is commonly found on thousands of products you use every day. From metal railings and bulldozers to a coffee machine or computer case. Powder Coating protects basic everyday parts to the roughest and toughest machinery on the planet. Powder Coat produces a durable, high-quality finish that is attractive and functional.
In the automotive industry, Powder Coating plays a central role in protecting car and truck parts as well as providing a durable, long-lasting, protective finish that will keep your vehicle looking desirable for many years to come. In the automotive aftermarket world, Powder Coating is the best option for any part that is exposed to the elements or subjected to vibration and movement.
Common Powder Coated Automotive Parts:
- Powder Coated Wheels / Rims
- Brake Caliper Powder Coating
- Suspension Parts Powder Coating
- Powder Coated Metal Trim
- Metal Emblems
- Powder Coated Engine Parts
- Powder Coated Bushings and Fittings
Powder Coat Process
Proper metal pretreatment is required of the car, truck or motorcycle part prior to being powder coated. This pretreatment is an abrasive mechanical or chemical cleaning that must take place to prep the surface for optimized powder coating. The best results from powder coating are obtained when any rust or existing coatings are removed. The powder coat process is best suited to metal parts, weldments, and assemblies. Plastic, rubber, wood, ceramic, glass, fabric and similar non-metallics are typically not coated. Similarly, soldered parts may not withstand the curing temperatures required during the final cure baking process.
Before the powder coating application, automotive parts are hung on portable racks. Hanging the car parts ensures that the powder coat can be applied uniformly with no further handling or disturbances. Powder coating is applied in a clean containment booth to prevent contamination with dust or powders of other colors. Auto Parts are electrically grounded, and the dry powder is then sprayed using a system which electrically charges the powder particles. The charged powder is attracted by and attaches to the parts.
After the car parts are coated with dry powder, the parts (on their racks) are moved into a curing oven. As the coated car parts heat up, the powder gels and flow to produce that natural smooth powder coat finish. As decorative powder coatings reach their maximum curing temperature, a chemical reaction called cross-linking takes place. At this point, the car parts can be removed from the oven, cooled in ambient air, and be immediately put in service.
Benefits of Powder Coating
Durable Automotive Coating
Powder Coating offers a wide range of benefits over traditional paint and alternative coating products. Many of the issues that are typically found with a traditional liquid coating process are minimized or eliminated by Powder Coating. Some of these benefits include:
Powder Coating Durability
Powder Coating is one of the most durable and reliable paint coatings you can use for any color change application you need. As one of the most economical, color durable, and longest lasting finishes, powder coating can be applied to virtually any type of metal. Powder coating is more resistant to fading, wear, scratches, and chipping than other paint finishes.
Powder Color Selection
The selection of colors for your powder coating application is virtually unlimited. Finishes include satin, gloss, flat, high gloss, clear, fluorescent, candy, metallic, hammer, glitter, wrinkle and more. Powder coating can be used on a variety of textures and produce a variety of textured finishes which is helpful when you need to hide imperfections. Colors from the powder coating process remain bright and vibrant longer than any other paint finish.
Environmental Benefits of Powder Coating
Unlike traditional paint which contain solvents that have known volatile organic compounds, powder coating does not contain solvents. Powder Coating releases negligible amounts, in any, VOC’s into the atmosphere and does not require costly pollution control equipment.
Powder Coating Cost Saving Benefits
There are a few factors that make Powder Coating a more economical solution for your paint and coating needs. The coat produced by the powder coating process is more durable and lasts significantly longer than traditional paint. As a result, the need to re-coat or provide additional layers of protection is unnecessary which results in long-term life savings.
Also, the reduction of VOC’s and waste saves significant money by helping companies comply with EPA regulations in a more economical manner. A significant reason why Powder Coating has seen such explosive growth in recent years is due to the implementation of more stringent air control legislation which has lead companies to look for more economical solutions to stay in compliance.
Mechanics of Powder Coating
The Powder Coating process produces a significantly stronger mechanical bond on the material it is applied to. A typical powder coating is twice as thick as a standard paint which provides superior bendability and flexibility of the product it’s applied to. This quality makes Powder a superior coating solution in automotive applications where parts are subject to a lot of vibration and twisting as they move down the road. Powder Coating provides a uniform coating over the product rather than a single layer of paint overlay on the product.
Powder Coat Process
When the powder coating process is complete, the coating produced is completely cured within 20 minutes. The allows for a significant reduction in project application times as parts can be reassembled and put back into production within a short time span unlike traditional pain which can take several days to completely cure. This is especially important when you are coating products such as brake calipers or car and truck wheels.
Powder Coating Considerations
There are a few considerations and potential downsides of using powder coating. At Apex Customs, we want our customers to make informed decisions and choose the service that is the best application for their project. Before choosing Powder Coating for your project, please keep the following potential downsides of Powder:
Metallic Paint Matching
Metallic paint is commonly used in OEM automotive paint colors. If you are trying to color match your part or wheels with color of your vehicle, powder may produce a color that does not match your expectations for color match. In these applications, you may want to consider using traditional paint for a more exact match.
No Rubber or Plastic
If you have a rubber or plastic product that needs coating, powder coating is not your solution. The Powder Coating process requires all parts to be baked in an oven to complete the adhesion. Any plastic or rubber pieces will be melted and deformed during the bake process.
Unlike paint, scratches, dings, and chips cannot be touched up with a simple process. In order to fix or remove scratches and blemishes, a powder coated part must be sandblasted down to its base metal and re-powder coated.
Powder Coating Q&A
Do you perform powder coating for non-automotive applications?
Absolutely! Apex Customs has one of the largest Powder Coating ovens in the area. We can accommodate almost any application be it industrial, automotive, or consumer. For more information on our non-automotive services, check out www.apexpowder.com.
Are you able to do small custom powder coating jobs?
Yes, Apex Customs can accommodate any job large or small. Due to the nature of the Powder Coating process, there are some minimum required charges for a Powder Coating job.
Can one part have multiple powder colors applied?
Yes, thanks to our high-temperature masking process we can apply one color at a time masking various areas of the part to apply each color. This process can be time-consuming and require more labor which often results in a higher cost. If the part can be dismantled into smaller pieces that need different colors, this can significantly reduce the cost and labor required.
Can parts that haven been previously Powder Coated by Re-Powder Coated?
Yes, old Powder Coating can be removed through the sandblasting process allowing us to re-apply a new Powder Coat.
Do parts have to be clean and rust free before I bring them to your shop?
Standard dirt, rust and old finishes will be removed during the sandblasting process prior to the powder application. There is no need to clean the part unless it is coated in grease and oil. Grease and oil will cause significant issues during the powder application, therefore we require that you de-grease your parts prior to bringing them into the shop.
Can anything be powder coated?
Unfortunately, only parts that can withstand the high temperatures required during the powder coating process. Powder Coating requires the part to be baked at temperatures in excess of 400 degrees which would melt woods, plastics, and rubbers. There is an alternative process called hydro-dipping which offers a great alternative to paint for plastic and rubber materials, especially if you desire a pattern or unique finish.
How should the surface be prepped prior to Powder Coating?
The Powder Coating process requires all parts be sandblasted down to their bare metal service. At Apex Customs we perform all of the preparation required before the process begins so there is no special prepping that needs to be completed before bringing the parts to us.
The steps we use to prepare the part are:<
Is Powder Coating Environmentally Friendly?
Unlike traditional wet paint, Powder Coating is an environmentally process thanks to the negligible, if any, amounts of VOC’s that are released into the atmosphere during the process. Because of the enhanced regulations passed by the EPA, Powder Coating has quickly become the technology of choice for all metal coatings.
Is Powder Coating Durable?
Powder Coating is one of the most durable coatings available for metal parts. It is economical, color-stable, and long-lasting providing a perfect combination for a high-quality finish.
What Can Be Powder Coated?
Virtually any metal object which can hold an electrostatic charge and withstand the high temperatures required during the curing process can be powder coated. Powder is a flexible product that can be applied to even the most intricate surfaces while maintaining a uniform finish across the part. Some examples of parts that can be powder coated are:
- Motorcycle Frames Wheels & Parts
- Automotive Chassis, Wheels & Parts
- Off Road Vehicle Frames & Parts
- Bicycle Frames & Parts
What Colors Do You Offer?
At Apex Customs we offer a wide variety of colors, textures, and metallics. If you have a specific color in mind, there is a good chance we have the powder to match it. Our sales staff will help walk you through the process and choose the best powder color for your application.
What is Clear Powder Coating?
Clear Powder Coating serves the same purpose as wet paint clear coat. The clear powder protects the underlying finish while adding depth, luster, and gloss to the surface of the part. The process for clear powder is to apply it as a second coat while the part is still hot. Clear powder offers additional protections against color fading and is a great option for any part that will have exposure to the elements that could cause fading or damage.
Are Threads and Areas the Need to Stay Coating Free at Risk During the Powder Coating Process?
At Apex Customs we use a high-temperature masking that can be applied to any surfaces or threads that need to remain coating free. We also utilize silicon plugs for threaded holes and shafts that need to keep powder out of or away from sensitive areas of the part.
Are parts with body filler okay to Powder Coat?
Plastic and resin body fillers are problematic in the Powder Coating process due to the high temperatures required in the curing process. Powder typically will not bind properly to a body filler surface resulting in bubbles and uncoated areas of the part.
What makes the powder stick to the part during Powder Coating?
There are a few factors which allow the powder to stick to the metal surface. The first factor is that the part must be sandblasted down to its base metal surface. This process removes all dirt, contaminants, and old finishes that would hinder to binding process. The sand blasting also etches the metal surface creating a better platform for the powder to adhere to.
The second factor that promotes the powder adhesion is the electrostatic process. The metal part is connected to an electric charge which attracts the powder to the metal surface and keeps it attached throughout the baking process.
What does “baking the parts” mean in the Powder Coating process?
Baking the part is the portion of the Powder Coating process where the powder is baked in a large industrial oven at high temperatures for a period of time to allow the powder to melt and bond to itself. The baking process creates a uniform glove of coating over the part giving the coating increased durability and the pristine professional look.
Are all Powder colors the same price?
Some powder colors are more expensive due to their ingredients, supplier, and/or availability. Traditional stock colors are less expensive than any special-ordered powders which can be more difficult to locate. There are certain specialty powders that are more expensive due to their premium qualities such as metallic, textured powders, or candy colors.
Can Powder Coating produce textured finishes?
There is an increasing variety of textured Powder Coating surfaces that are available on the market. Thanks to the uniform Powder Coating process, these specialty textures and wrinkles can be applied to the part with no additional labor costs. Some popular uses of textured powder are to create Veins and Hammertones which are streaks of alternating colors which appear through the part.