Let’s cut to the chase: Painting metal surfaces can be a huge pain. And it is even more difficult to get satisfactory results if it is exposed to the elements outdoors. Rollers and brushes are only an option if you *want* visible streaks, while latex and oil-based products are bound to bubble and peel when applied to intricate surfaces.
It is for these reasons and more that Steeltech Electropainting in Hialeah offers electrostatic painting, a smooth, durable finish on almost any metal surface, guaranteed to provide superior results. What is electrostatic painting? Very happy you asked!
Consider how a magnet sticks to the side of a refrigerator. This is a demonstration of positive and negative molecules being attracted. The metal in the refrigerator holds the negative molecules while the magnet is positively charged. This creates a pull between the two surfaces, as the molecules literally reach toward one another to connect. This is exactly how electrostatic painting works.
Electrostatic painting positively charges the paint molecules as they leave the spray nozzle. The paint is part of an electric field that directs it towards the negatively charged metal surface. This attraction between positive and negative molecules is 75x stronger than gravity…so strong that the paint sprayed slightly away from the metal surface will actually change direction to connect with the metal.
You see, the paint particles are attracted to the highest charge, which means droplets will be distributed evenly across every part of the surface without paint. This electrostatic process of painting differs from standard spray painting because of this magnetic attraction between the paint and the metal surface. Paint from a conventional sprayer generally goes where the gun is pointed, but there is a tremendous amount of overspray and it is difficult to maintain an even coating. Steeltech Electropainting ensures that the paint is attracted to the metal with magnetism, reducing overspray and uneven coatings…which is a game-changer.
The benefits of electrostatic painting apply to a variety of metal surfaces, including those used in retail facilities, medical equipment, machinery, industrial exteriors, and much more. What sort of benefits? Consider:
- Electrostatic painting creates a smooth and protective coating that rivals Powder Coatings, but the electrostatic process is portable (powder coatings must be performed in a factory) and can be applied to refurbish existing metal hardware or appliances.
- Electrostatic painting reduces paint loss with a 98% transfer rate. Typical paint sprayers top out at about 40% efficiency, with more overspray and paint drying in the air before it even hits the surface.
- Electrostatic painting is not cheaper than other forms of painting, but it does add more value. As a result of its efficiency, most items only need one coat of paint. There’s also the added value of extending the life of metal fixtures with a quick coat of paint to look new and stay protected from rust and deterioration.
- Most electrostatic painting projects are completed in a matter of hours directly at your home or business, and the drying time is nominal.
- The color options are limitless, including customized paint colors to match existing surfaces.
Bottom line: Electrostatic painting is not only attracted to metal; it doesn’t clump or drip like conventional paint. The paint molecules being positively charged means they repel one another also, creating a fine mist that coats evenly for a sleek, non-porous surface that is easy to clean and hygienic. It resists stains and spills, and most cleaners can safely be used without damaging the coating.
If you have metal surfaces that need a new color specifically or a new look in general, or even if they are just beginning to rust or deteriorate, give the team at Steeltech Electropainting a call. Whether it’s office equipment, antique fixtures, outdoor storage, wrought-iron fencing, or whatever your project, electrostatic painting has a tremendous amount of advantages. However, it does require the right paint, equipment, and expertise to create the new surfaces you desire.
Contact us to learn more about our metal painting services, including interior and exterior surfaces for your home or business in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and throughout South Florida.