The Perfect Coating for Your Custom Cleaning and Dipping Baskets

In Custom Wire Baskets, Wire Forms, Coatings for Baskets & Racks, Steel Wire Products

Drew Greenblatt on May 15, 2014

coating performance characteristics - marlin steelHere at Marlin Steel, we’re dedicated to making sure that our customer’s wire baskets and other fabrications are as close to perfection as possible. A large part of ensuring that perfection has led to our investment in automated manufacturing processes to ensure rapid, consistent production.

For many purpose-built custom wire baskets, the coating that goes onto the product is every bit as important as the alloy that the wire is made. With the right coating, your material handling baskets will last for longer and provide better care for the materials placed inside.

The Coating Performance Characteristics Chart

Whether you’re new to working with coating materials for your stainless steel components or an old hand at picking the right coating for the job, having a little help making the right selection never hurts. This is part of the reason why Marlin Steel sends our clients a chart of the different coatings that we use for our stainless steel components and how they perform under different conditions.

This chart, which is divided between Powder Coats and High Solids, puts the characteristics of each type of coating on display, from how the different coatings react to being exposed to different environments and chemicals to their ability to withstand impacts, and even gives their pencil hardness.

In many cases, our clients have very delicate components that simply should not be scratched or damaged in any way. By using a chart that tells them what the performance characteristics are for each of the different coatings that we use in specific conditions, we ensure that our clients always have the right coating for their specific needs.

For example, if a client needs a coating for a part to be consistently exposed to gasohol, then a polyester triglycidyl isocyanurate (TGIC) power coating, an epoxy high solid, or a permaclad high solid coating would be ideal because these three coatings are largely immune to gasohol exposure. However, there may be other factors to consider beyond the effect of direct exposure to gasohol.

Will this coating have to stand up to UV rays? If so, then the epoxy high solid may not work so well. When our customers need to know which coating they need, we can help them find the perfect material with this chart:

 

Powder Coat

High Solids

  Polyester TGIC Urethane Hybrid Epoxy Monobake Permaclad
Pencil Hardness 2H-3H H-2H H-2H 3H-5H H-2H H-2H
Stain Resistance EXCELLENT GOOD GOOD EXCELLENT GOOD GOOD
Adhesion to C.R.S. EXCELLENT EXCELLENT EXCELLENT EXCELLENT GOOD EXCELLENT
Mar Resistance EXCELLENT GOOD GOOD EXCELLENT GOOD EXCELLENT
Chip Resistance EXCELLENT EXCELLENT EXCELLENT EXCELLENT GOOD EXCELLENT
Flexibility PASS 1/8'' PASS 1/8'' PASS 1/8'' PASS 1/8'' PASS 1/8'' PASS 1/8''
Direct Impact 60-180IN-LBS. 60-180IN-LBS. 60-180IN-LBS. 60-180IN-LBS. 60-180IN-LBS. 60-180IN-LBS.
Salt Spray >800 HRS. >600 HRS. >600 HRS. >800 HRS. >600 HRS. >600 HRS.
UV Resistance EXCELLENT EXCELLENT POOR POOR POOR EXCELLENT
Heat Resistance 300F 250F 250F 300F 250F 250F
Humidity >1200 HRS. >1000 HRS. >1000 HRS. >1200 HRS. >1000 HRS. >1000 HRS.
Solvent Resistance GOOD GOOD GOOD EXCELLENT GOOD GOOD
Methyl-Ethyl Ketone LITTLE EFFECT DULLS GLOSS DULLS GLOSS NO EFFECT DULLS GLOSS DULLS GLOSS
Xylene NO EFFECT NO EFFECT NO EFFECT NO EFFECT LITTLE EFFECT NO EFFECT
             
  AUTOMOTIVE FLUID RESISTANCE 16 HOUR IMMERSION  
             
Gasohol NO EFFECT SWELLS LITTLE EFFECT NO EFFECT LITTLE EFFECT NO EFFECT
Brake Fluid DULLS GLOSS BLISETERS BLISTERS DULLS GLOSS BLISTERS DULLS GLOSS
Antifreeze NO EFFECT NO EFFECT NO EFFECT NO EFFECT NO EFFECT NO EFFECT
Motor Oil NO EFFECT SWELLS NO EFFECT NO EFFECT NO EFFECT NO EFFECT

One important thing to note about our coatings is that they are solvent-free. We utilize a variety of powder coat and high-solid coating products in place of solvent-based coatings. Using solvent-free coatings allows us to comply with ever-changing environmental regulations proactively by making the effort to reduce emissions. As an added bonus, these coatings often prove to be more dependable and durable than other coatings.

Contact Marlin Steel to Learn More

If you have more questions about your metal wire coating needs, contact Marlin Steel today. One of our experienced and knowledgeable engineers will be happy to help you create the perfect high-end materials basket to use for your precise needs.

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Author: Drew Greenblatt
Drew Greenblatt
Drew Greenblatt bought Marlin Steel Wire Products in 1998 when it was a small maker of a commodity product. Since then, it has grown revenue seven-fold. In the face of challenges to the global economy, Marlin Steel has invested more than $3.5 million in robotics in a quest for quality and speed.

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