Before powder coating metal pipes and tubes, it’s critical to adequately prepare the surface. One common surface preparation technique is sandblasting. This abrasive process is used to prime pipe and tube surfaces to ensure optimal coating adherence and quality.
At Madsen Steel Wire, we offer both sandblasting and powder coating services for pipes and tubes up to 4’’ in diameter. By sandblasting tubes prior to powder coating them, we can deliver long-lasting, durable results that meet your unique needs. We also precisely control the coating’s thickness and coverage to ensure an even, attractive appearance.
Sand Blasting Services to Prepare Pipes & Tubes for Powder Coating
Sandblasting ensures pipe and tube surfaces are clean, smooth, and ready for powder coating application. Using compressed air, fine abrasive particles are blasted through a hose and across the tube’s surface, removing rust, dirt, and other impurities that may prevent powder coating adhesion. Prepping pipe and tube surfaces with sandblasting offers numerous advantages, including:
- Creates a clean surface. Any foreign materials on a pipe or tube’s surface can result in an imperfect finish. Sandblasting offers a fast and effective way to remove impurities, creating a clean surface that is ready for powder coating.
- Improved adhesion. Sandblasting ensures improved coating adhesion by creating a smooth, contaminant-free pipe surface. This not only results in an enhanced coating appearance but also makes the coating last much longer.
- Bending for quality testing. Tubes are typically bent prior to the powder coating process. However, tubes can be bent after to check the quality of the powder coat.
Another key factor to consider is the powder coating environment. Factors such as temperature and humidity can affect the powder coating process, so it’s important to maintain the appropriate levels to prevent coating issues. The experts at Madsen Steel Wire carefully control the parameters of our powder coating environment to ensure optimal coating quality and adhesion.