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July 4, 2023

How does powder coating work?

For people who would like to protect their calipers or rims and / or change color, you've come to the right place with this blog! Through powder coating this is all possible, in this blog you will read all about the basics of powder coating and we will even tell you how the process of powder coating works. 

What is powder coating?

Powder coating is a process in which an opaque layer is applied over metal and powder is fused. This layer provides protection for the metal and can give the metal a beautiful, eye-catching color. The process of powder coating is often used on cars or motorcycles. The rims or brake calipers of sports cars are often processed by powder coating, and in this world it is therefore a well-known phenomenon.

Calipers powder coating preparation and pre-treatment

How does powder coating work?

At Adaptive Automotive, we specialize in powder coating car rims and calipers, making us ideally suited to give you more clarity on how powder coating works. The powder coating of calipers is as follows: 

  1. First, we disassemble the calipers. Because we want to work very carefully, we also make sure that the calipers are easy to reach. This ensures that we have much more room to move and can work on the calipers easily and precisely.
  2. After they are disassembled, the calipers should be cleaned first. This is because it is not the intention that there is still dust or other dirt on the calipers once they are machined. Therefore, they are completely cleaned and degreased so that they shine completely and no dirt gets under the coat.
  3. An epoxy primer coat is then applied. This layer ensures that the color and coating adhere well to the claws. This will really make it look like one.
  4. Once this first coat has hardened, we get to work on the second coat. This is the most important layer because this is the color the calipers should be. This layer is polyester and is applied second. After this layer has dried, most of the coating process is already over.
  5. If you would like a logo or icon placed on your rims or calipers in addition to a new color, we will add it during step 5 of the coating process. The logo is placed back on the calipers after the second coat dries.
  6. This is followed by a third and final coat. This layer is a layer of clearcoat and serves to protect the calipers as a whole. Thanks to this layer, the calipers are scratch resistant and the color or logo will also not fade.
  7. After this final coat dries, the calipers are placed back in the car.
Calipers drying after powder coating
drying of the epoxy at the calipers

Powder coating prices

Calculating the price for powder coating is not always obvious. This is because it is important to know what part needs to be powder coated and how big this particular part is on your car. After all, the calipers of a small car are not the same size as those of a large SUV, and this must be taken into account in the price calculation.

Furthermore, there may also be a price difference due to the color you choose for the finish. Certain colors may be harder to come by or more expensive to procure and therefore not every color is the same. For more information about your specific situation, request a quote for powder coating on our website.

Learn more

If you are looking for more information about powder coating of calipers, you can take a look at this page. For any questions or advice, we can be reached through our email address, phone number and our contact form which can all be found at our contact page.

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