“Clearing The Air” About Powder Coating - Part One

Saskatoon Custom Powder Coating has been providing industrial sandblasting and powder coating services for 23 years. Over this time, there have been many unanswered questions, myths, and even some misinformation regarding the powder coating industry. This often includes where and when powder coatings can (and should) be used, and much more. Over the next few months, we will post articles to help clear up some of these questions.

We will start with one of the most common myths or misunderstood issues, which is that “Powder coatings are only for items like car rims, motorcycle frames, and snowmobile parts.”  While powder coatings are widely used for these projects, there are entirely different materials formulated to meet the complex paint specifications in heavy industrial sectors, such as those we have in our Saskatchewan mining industry.

When we discuss powder coatings with our customers and our suppliers, we determine whether the project requires “decorative” or “functional” materials and processes. In the case of heavy industrial and mining applications, the answer is almost always a “functional” system.

Functional powder coating systems most often include mechanical substrate preparation (sandblasting), a corrosion resistant epoxy primer, and a corrosion resistant topcoat which may also require UV stability if it is to be used in direct sunlight. To ensure the best quality outcome, NACE Coating Inspections are also highly recommended.

These functional powder coating materials are available through Akzo Nobel Coatings under the Interpon brand. As many people know, Akzo Nobel Coatings supplies the traditional solvent borne coating systems used in the mining industry, which are sold under the International Paints and Devoe Coatings brands. Having a world class manufacturer like Akzo Nobel Coatings as a supplier for both the traditional solvent based coatings and the corrosion resistant powder coatings ensures that critical paint specifications are followed, and that the materials and processes are carefully selected for your industry.

Over the past 23 years, Saskatoon Custom Powder Coating has built a strong relationship with the many world class metal fabricators in and around Saskatoon, and we have a solid relationship with an extraordinary coating supplier in Akzo Nobel Coatings. We have the experienced staff, the facility, the infrastructure, and the QA personnel unlike any other powder coating operation in Western Canada, and we are prepared to take on your projects.

To learn more, please give us a call or send us an e-mail and we will be happy to discuss the many opportunities for corrosion resistant powder coatings in greater detail. We would also be pleased to put you in touch with the knowledgeable people at Akzo Nobel Coatings.

Mining Supply Chain Forum

The 16th Annual Saskatchewan Mining Supply Chain Forum was held April 17 and 18, 2024 at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon. 

The event is hosted by the:

  • Saskatchewan Mining Association
  • Ministry of Trade and Export Development
  • Saskatchewan Industrial and Mining Suppliers Association.

The purpose of this event is to increase the awareness of current mining projects in Saskatchewan, and opportunities for manufacturing goods and service companies. It’s also to provide practical information to existing and potentially new suppliers on how to be a preferred supplier to the mining industry and includes a supplier trade show.  

Saskatoon Custom Powder Coating participated in the event at booth 281, with support from Paul Araujo from Akzo Nobel Coatings. We used this event to showcase not only the environmental benefits but also the durability benefits of powder coating in the mining industry.

(Right: Photo of Booth, April 16, 2024)

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