change in electrical properties due to powder coating on metals

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Dhaval Trivedi

Joined Jun 10, 2015
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I have heard that powder coating removes the electrical properties of metal.it becomes insulated.so you remove the powder coating(masking) where you require electrical connection
Kindly elaborate
 

Sensacell

Joined Jun 19, 2012
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Powder coat is basically melting plastic over and object- plastic is an electrical insulator- you must get under it to make electrical contact with the base metal.
 

GopherT

Joined Nov 23, 2012
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@Dhaval Trivedi

If you are not referring to polymer powder coatings (the most common), nut mean electro spray or plasma spray metal oxide / ceramic powder coating, the same is true. Only elemental metals are conductive, metal oxides (e.g. rust) is an insulator. Aluminum oxide (alumina), titanium oxide (Titania) and various others are non-conductive. You must remove the oxide/ceramic layer to reach the base metal to find the conducting layer.
 

GopherT

Joined Nov 23, 2012
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Is the only purpose of powder coat is for look or they have any other purpose also.

Sometimes i have seen even the inner metals are poweder coated which are not exposed in an product ?
Coatings are generally applied to either
a) make the product look nice
b) prevent corrosion
c) electrical insulation (in a way, similar to (b))

Remember, even if the metal is not exposed, humidity and splashes can penetrate so corrosion is possible. Different places in the world have differing humidity/temps that cause corrosion.
 

shortbus

Joined Sep 30, 2009
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Powder coated products are coated all over unless parts are masked off just like in painting. But unlike most types of solvent based paint, the powder coating is applied using both air and electrostatic voltage. The electrostatic pare of the application make the powder go to all surfaces, even ones on the inside or back side of the object being coated. The electrostatic is needed to get the pigment to cling to the surfaces until they are heat cured. The color/pigment is actually finely ground plastic that melts together to form a surface coating after curing.
 
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