Each body is sanded properly with 2 types of grit sandpaper 80, and 180. Variances are checked and watched closely in our welding department. The hand sanding takes time but produces the best mechanical bond for the paint to adhere to.
Bodies are then delivered to our chemical wash station. A special reverse-osmosis system is the start of our wash process. The water we use to wash has a controlled PH level and this is very important to prevent scaling and hard water build-up at the pre-wash.
First, we use 3 different stages of wash to ensure the mechanical bond through hand sanding, works very aggressively with Bonderrite coversion coating that allows the highest level of powder metal cross link.
Second, each body is placed in our first oven that is 1,500,000 BTU’s and 17.5’ long by 10’ wide by 10’ high to aggressively dry off and open the pores in the aluminum.
The third step, parts are rolled into our GFS application booth equipped with the latest Gemma powder coat guns. We pre coat certain parts of the body when it is hot to give the extra coverage ensuring our high-quality standard. Then we start spraying the product out completely for full coverage with our Tiger-Drylac architectural 38 series powder coating. This is the most expensive and highest quality powder offered by Tiger-Drylac, intended for architectural outdoor long life in all weather and UV conditions.
In the fourth step, the parts are rolled into our 2million BTU bake oven equipped with heat and air velocity management software. This allows the Tiger-Drylac powder coating to bake properly in accordance to Tiger’s technical data sheet.
In the fifth step, our team completes the removal from the oven into our cool down inside our building, where parts are protected from other potential contamination elements. Then a final inspection is performed on each product to again ensure quality is held.
The powder coat team at Milron is a very special part of our team, ensuring our product has a great looking, automotive finish with very little orange peel, that is durable for many years to come.
The best story we can share with you is from our liquid paint supplier, who was standing in the final assembly area between 10 bodies being final prepped. He asked us “Where are you guys buying your paint these days?” Our paint rep, who has been in the business over 25 years is of great knowledge and a great guy, we will withhold his name, for now, Ryan replied: “We are not painting our bodies with liquid paint anymore.” He said, “These are powder coat finish?” He was blown away as he said: “I’ve never seen a finish like this from powder coat, I thought they were all liquid paint!”
Once again Milron was “Re-Setting” the standard, our quality was confirmed! We had a paint supplier with 20 years’ experience who couldn’t tell the difference between automotive paint vs our powder coat.
We are an Authorized and Certified Tiger Drylac Powder Coating Facility