Here 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:
|Adhesion to C.R.S.||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''|
|Salt Spray||>800 HRS.||>600 HRS.||>600 HRS.||>800 HRS.||>600 HRS.||>600 HRS.|
|Humidity||>1200 HRS.||>1000 HRS.||>1000 HRS.||>1200 HRS.||>1000 HRS.||>1000 HRS.|
|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.