Furniture maker chooses powder coatings
"There are many benefits to powder coatings. First and foremost, they are totally toxin-free," says Schweiger. "No solvents or any other VOCs are involved. So we get immediate benefits for our employees. More than that, our furniture products now have another competitive advantage. When we tell customers that our coating materials and processes have a much lower impact on the environment, it creates a positive impression and in many cases, a strong preference."
Superb appearance and creative freedom
"The second reason for using these coatings is the superb surface appearance. Not surprisingly for a specialist furniture maker, aesthetics are a top priority for us, so we're very happy that this one-layer coating looks superb. And because it is highly durable and water-resistant, it continues to look wonderful for a long, long time. Another important benefit for us is that Uralac® Ultra gives us complete creative freedom in design shapes and edge profiles."
Everyone wins with sustainability
Frequently asked questions
How do we spray powder on standard 'non-conductive' MDF?
For application of the powder, moisture within the MDF is used for conductivity. A moisture content of 4-8% of total weight is sufficient to attract the powder.
Do we require special MDF for powder coating?
No special MDF is needed for powder coating – although there are differences between available qualities and types.
We advise evaluating the type of MDF you intend to use before making your products.
Further, we recommend a conditioned storage area to control the MDF's moisture content.
Is the oven I use for powder coating metal suitable for curing MDF too?
Most conventional curing ovens are convection ovens. Best results for MDF are reached with infrared radiation (IR) ovens.
With IR ovens, the MDF's surface can be heated quickly to cure the powder coating, while its core stays relatively cool.
With convection ovens, temperatures are often too high, or the MDF's core heats up too much because of the longer period needed to reach curing temperatures.