The PVC Coating Process
PVC dip coating is relatively straightforward, though care must be taken to ensure a quality finished product. Key steps in the PVC coating process include:
- Cleaning the part to remove contaminants, improve adherence and prevent corrosion
- If desired, priming and flash drying bake on the adhesive
- Dipping the part in the liquidized PVC and immersing it for a specified amount of time, according to the desired thickness
- Curing the part in a special oven to complete the fusion process
- Cooling the finished product and preparing it for delivery to the client
Marco Specialty Steel offers complete PVC coating services from our Houston, TX, headquarters. We ensure all work is done to the highest standards of quality control and expedite large orders to meet your project timelines.
Benefits of PVC Dip
PVC dip coating offers a number of advantages, including:
- Corrosion protection: PVC dip coating forms a natural barrier against oxidation. In some cases, it is a cost-effective alternative to using stainless steel or another, more expensive, material.
- Insulation: PVC is an effective insulator. Metal parts that are coated in PVC are more resistant to stress caused by extreme temperatures and temperature fluctuations.
- Safety: PVC-coated parts have a number of occupational health benefits. A PVC covering dampens loud noises during collisions and reduces the risk of cuts and scratches during handling.
- Convenience: PVC dip coating makes parts easier to handle and more comfortable to work with, which leads to improved productivity.
The specific benefits of PVC dip coating will vary according to your application. To learn more, get in touch with a Marco representative directly.
PVC vs. Powder Coating
PVC and powder coating are both popular secondary finishes for our custom steel products, and both offer a number of advantages depending on the application.
Powder coating uses an electrostatic application process and cures under heat to form a strong bond to a metal part. Powder coating is faster and, in some cases, is more cost-effective. However, PVC dip coating allows for thicker finishes, which makes it a more versatile choice.
As a value added service, Marco Specialty Steel fabricates dip-coated wire cloth and expanded metal and a number of other products. PVC dip coating is a good choice for any item with an unusual shape or size, as it will deliver overall protection against corrosion. It’s also a good choice when heat insulation and electrical shielding is required. We will work with you to determine the best type of PVC for your application.
To get started, use the form on this page to contact a representative directly. We’ll review your requirements and get back to you with more information about how our fabrication and PVC dip coating services can help, as well as a detailed quote.
For more information about either process, or assistance determining which is best for your application, contact us directly.