What is industrial paint?
Technically, industrial paint is a product that is presented in liquid, paste, or powder form. The appropriate procedure on a surface applies it. A curing process will transform industrial paint into a solid, plastic, and adhesive film that protects and decorates simultaneously. This blog post aims to examine liquid, or as it is commonly referred to, “wet paint.”
Wet paint consists of an electrostatic application process that occurs on different substrates, mainly used as a final finish. This is due to the wide range of colors that can be applied.
Before applying the paint, the pieces undergo a surface preparation process. This process can consist of degreasing, phosphating, and different washings.
In the same way, after applying the wet paint, the piece is subjected to temperature to achieve its polymerization.
Wet paint is an excellent option for finishing assembled components and products where versatility and aesthetics are required. It can be applied to various substrates with a customized final finish.
We paint is one of the best solutions used when we want to give a quality finish to any product. This type of painting is one of the most common processes in finishing parts.
We can affirm that manufacturing wet paint is a simple and complex process in equal parts. On the one hand, it is simple because it does not require complex structures or special machinery. But on the other hand, it is also a delicate process in which precision is required to weigh and mix the components to be used.
In this article, we explain everything in detail about the production process of wet paint, its use, and the advantages of its application in industrial processes.
Wet paint manufacturing phases
The first phase we come across is the premix phase. In this phase, a solid component mixture is made with resins, additives, and solvents. During this phase, a paste is formed in which the components are found in a solid state that requires a grinding and refining process.
The mixture comprises the pigments needed to obtain the final color and fillers that facilitate the paint’s thickness, texture, and specific properties. In addition, humectants are added that favor solid materials’ wettability.
The second phase is grinding. It is the most crucial phase since it is in which we manage to homogenize all the compounds mentioned above to obtain a mixture that will be the base of the final product that will be used to paint the items or items in question.
The last phase of the wet paint manufacturing process is the completion. Finally, the remaining necessary components are added to obtain a final paint adjusted in all its properties so that it can be applied correctly and its results are optimal and to the client’s liking.
Wet paint for the best finishes
Powder paint has indeed been gaining more and more importance over time. Still, wet paint continues to be used in many finishing processes and topping off pieces due to its resistance and variety of finishes. This is in addition to its flexibility of application to various surfaces.
Liquid paint can be applied to any product, regardless of the treatment it will receive. For instance, this can include metal constructions, labeling, decoration, foundry, food industry, etc.
Thanks to the use of liquid paint, we can provide the parts and treated materials with an attractive finish that helps to highlight your products above the rest.
In addition, it is possible to complement it with further treatments to provide the pieces with particular characteristics. Among these are things such as rust effect, anti-corrosion capacity, fire retardant, anti-vandalism, etc.
Wet paint can produce coatings such as synthetic enamels, polyurethanes, acrylics, water-based or solvent-based, and air-dried or oven-dried coatings.
For what can liquid paint be used?
As previously mentioned, an infinite number of industrial finishing processes can be carried out with liquid paint.
This paint is an excellent option for finishing assembly components since it does not add extra thickness to the part after being painted. In addition to this, it does not impede the carrying out of the specific processes that must be undertaken.
However, it is a type of paint that can be applied to any surface.
Furthermore, if the product to be treated requires a specific aesthetic and a versatile appearance, wet paint is the best material to treat it. The fact that it allows you to offer a personalized final finish is also an advantage of this material.
Regarding the colors that can be applied with Wet paint, they adapt to any in the Ral, NCS, or Pantone charts. This ensures that the pieces’ finishes can have the company’s corporate color or the color that best defines the product without problems.
What are the advantages of wet paint?
Wet paint and coating stand out when powder coating fails. The first benefit is that it can be used to coat objects that cannot be heated. This is the case since the process does not require high temperatures to be successful. The second benefit is the wide range of colors that paint finishing and coating can produce Wet paint allows for many more custom color jobs than powder coating. The third advantage it has over powder coating is its ability to create a fine finish, making it ideal for objects that require it. Another benefit of wet paint is that it is economical. Wet painting is more affordable as a finishing process than powder coating. This feature makes it suitable for large and small finishing applications.
Other advantages of wet paint include the following:
- It can be applied to parts that cannot be subjected to high temperatures (curing can be done at less than 100ºC).
- It is particularly effective for assembled parts or assemblies that cannot be painted with a cataphoresis coating or powder.
- It is the best choice for decorative finishes requiring low paint thickness.
- It offers a broader range of colors.
- Many businesses use wet paint to finish and protect products. Some examples include:
- Automotive manufacturers use wet paint to finish cars and other vehicles.
- Furniture manufacturers who use wet paint to finish tables, chairs, and other pieces of furniture
- Appliance manufacturers, who use wet paint to finish refrigerators, ovens, and other household appliances
- Construction companies that use wet paint to finish and protect buildings and other structures
- Metalworking companies that use wet paint to protect and finish metal products such as machinery and equipment
- Signage and Display companies that use wet paint for creating large-scale graphics and signs
- Many other industries, such as transportation, consumer goods, and packaging, also use wet paint for finishing and protecting their products.
In addition to these benefits, wet paint has further advantages over other alternatives. For instance, it has several other benefits over other alternatives, such as powder coating. One of the main benefits of wet paint over powder coating is that it can be applied in a wider range of thicknesses, allowing for more control over the final finish. Wet paint can also be used to create a wider range of textures and finishes, such as gloss, matte, and satin. Additionally, wet paint can be used to achieve a wider range of colors, including custom and special-effect finishes. Wet paint is also typically less expensive than powder coating and is more widely available.