Welcome to D-Tech Coatings

Welcome to D-Tech Coatings

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Our Mission

At D-Tech Coatings, LLC. we pride ourselves in offering only the highest quality finishes to our customers.  All our preparation and coatings are done by hand.   We expect the best and we believe that our customers should receive best quality service possible.  Our attention to detail is far superior than all the other coating services that are offered by other companies.

What We Specialize In

We specialize in all Harley Davidson motorcycles.   We take pride in the work that we do and we strive to provide the best finish available.   100% customer satisfaction is our goal.   We are not happy unless you are happy with your purchase.

How Are Exchange Program Works

How our exchange process works:   The prices that we quote include a core charge.   After you install the freshly coated parts, simply place your old parts in the box and send it back to us.   We will let you know that we received the package and if the parts are in good condition (no gouges, deep scratches in the metal, etc) we will refund you the core charge.

Our Process

Preparation
Depending on the base material (substrate), we will carefully clean off any pre-existing powder coated or painted surface by chemical stripping or utilizing sandblast media ranging from mild to aggressive granulations, or using glass beads for other color effects.  (what does sandblasting do, and what is glass beading?) During this process, all rust and metal corrosion is removed so that when your piece is finished, it is better than brand new! If the part you bring to us is already powder coated, we will take every step to avoid sandblasting to remove the existing finish, and instead suggest that the piece be chemically stripped of the coating.  The reason for this is that IF the piece was properly prepared and sandblasted the first time it was powder coated, the coating should be so difficult to remove that your part could potentially be ruined in the removal process.  Properly applied powder coating finishes SHOULD NOT be able to be sandblasted off easily!
Pre baking
Next, the parts get pre-baked.  We feel that pre-baking parts is one of the characteristics of a high quality coater.  The pre-baking temperature is approximately 20 degrees hotter than the actual powder coating baking temperature.  This process bakes out any impurities that may be lurking within the pores of the metal (a process called 'outgassing').  If these impurities are not pre-baked out, they can, and will, bubble up and out during the final curing process, causing unsightly blemishes in your powder coated finish! Bubbling up can further make it probable that your powder will start to chip and cause entire sections of coating to fall off.
Polishing
if you have parts that require some of the surfaces to be polished during the finishing process, we will give them a solvent bath and another pre bake to remove any of the fingerprints your parts may have accumulated during polishing.
Masking
Masking is followed by an additional chemical cleaning “wipe down” step, removing finger prints or debris that may have gotten onto your parts.
Powder Application
Next, the masked parts make their way to the powder booth where they are hung on electrically grounded racks.  The powder is given a 30K-90K volt charge, and using a special electrostatic spray gun, the powder is sprayed onto the part where it adheres to the material, much like the way dust clings to a tv screen.  This process applies the powder in a smooth and even coating.  At this stage, the powder is still just that- powder- and can be completely blown off by an air hose or wiped off with your finger!
Oven Curing
Once coated, the racked parts are rolled into one of our two convection style ovens. Powder coating experience has our entire staff fine tuned to proper curing times and techniques.  Different sizes of parts, different metals and even substrate thicknesses and powder composition dictate the temperatures and time your piece(s) spend in the oven! Remember, the metal of your individual part must become hot enough to melt the powder at its' proper cure statistic for optimum adhesion!
Multi Stage Powders
Unlike liquid paints, powder coated candies, silvers and metallics require multiple coats of powder.  With candy colors, usually a layer of silver is applied to the part first (base coat).  Andrews Powder Coating, Inc.  and all high end coaters will always wait for the parts to cool down to the ambient temperature from applying the base coat before application of the second color, or top coat.  Spraying powder on hot parts results in uneven coverage and an inferior finish.  Special considerations and calculations must be made with 2 stage finishes to ensure that there isn't any over or under curing!
After Curing
After curing, the parts are removed from the oven and allowed to cool.  There is no 'drying' time, like liquid paints!
Quality Control Process
Your parts are then put through final Quality Control inspection and packaging. Your parts are ready for pick up or delivery immediately!

Fast Facts About Powder Coating

Powder coating is a completely dry finishing process used on a wide range of materials and products.  Finely ground particles of pigment and resin are electro statically charged and sprayed onto products to be coated.  The parts to be coated are electrically grounded so the charged particles adhere to them until melted and fused into a solid coating in a curing oven.

Attributes of powder coating:

  • *  tough
  • *  attractive
  • *  durable
  • *  scratch-resistant
  • *  high-quality
  • *  colorful
  • *  versatile
  • *  long-lasting

Unlike liquid paint, no solvents are used, so only negligible amounts of VOCs, if any, are released into the air.  Unused or over sprayed powder can be recovered, so any waste is minimal and can be disposed of easily and safely.  The powder coating process is environmentally friendly and virtually pollution-free.  Thousands of different kinds of parts and products are now powder coated.

1.  What is Powder Coating?
Powder coating is an advanced method of applying a decorative and protective finish to a wide range of materials and products that are used by both industries and consumers. The powder used for the process is a mixture of finely ground particles of pigment and resin, which is sprayed onto a surface to be coated.  The charged powder particles adhere to the electrically grounded surfaces until heated and fused into a smooth coating in a curing oven.  The result is a uniform, durable, high-quality, and attractive finish.  Powder coating is the fastest-growing finishing technology in North America, representing over 20% (and quickly growing!) of all industrial finishing applications.

2.  What are the advantages of Powder Coating?

* More Durable
Powder coating gives consumers, businesses, and industry one of the most economical, longest-lasting, and most color-durable quality finishes available.
Powder coated surfaces are more resistant to chipping, scratching, fading, and wearing than other finishes.  Color selection is virtually unlimited with high and low gloss, metallic, and clear finishes available.  And colors stay bright and vibrant longer. Texture selections range from smooth surfaces to a wrinkled or matte finish, and rough textures designed for hiding surface imperfections.

* What about the environment?
The powder coating process itself offers another advantage—it’s environmentally friendly—virtually pollution free! Powder coating is highly protective of our environment. While liquid finishes contain solvents which have pollutants known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), powder coating contains no solvents and releases negligible amounts, if any, of VOCs into the atmosphere.  Thus, there is no longer a need for finishers to buy costly pollution control equipment.

* Saves Money
Elimination of VOCs and reduction of wastes saves money and helps companies comply more easily and economically with the regulations of the U.S.  Environmental Protection Agency.
In fact, one of the major elements in expanding the market for powder coating has been the implementation over the past 30 years of stringent air pollution control legislation.

* It Looks Like Paint But It Acts Like Armor
It's tough.  It looks great.  And it lasts a long, long time.  Powder coating is a superior finish that's found on hundreds of products you come in contact with each day.  It makes products durable, attractive, and scratch-resistant, too.

3.  How Can You Paint Parts With Dry Powder?
The powder coatings are applied using a specialized powder coating spray gun.  This unique spray gun has an adjustable electrostatic corona charge of between 10,000-90,000 volts with a negative ion orientation.  This is similar to the way dust sticks to your television screen, except that we supercharge the dust (in this case, the powder), causing the coating to stick to the parts!

4.  Do powder coated parts drip, run, or sag?
As the powder passes through the spray gun, the powder is given a negative electrical charge.  The part to be powder coated is grounded or positive.  Powder exits the spray gun in a fog like fashion and is attracted to the positive (grounded) part.  This is one of the major differences between wet and dry paint.  Wet paint is blown onto a part with a lot of pressure; powder is sprayed with low pressure causing the fog (Cloud) to be gently “pulled” to the part.  The advantage is the fog reaches all recessed areas (like between the fins of a head, providing a more complete and uniform layer), which results in a smooth finish typically without the runs, sags, light spots, etc., that can occur with wet paint.  

5.  What does sandblasting do, and what is glass beading?
Sandblasting ‘etches’ the surface of the metal, creating a solid mechanical bond adhesion during the curing process.  It also cleanses the metal.  We use very fine angular aluminum oxide media because it gives the best results for powder coating adhesion.  Picture in your mind that they type of etch this media leaves behind would be similar to ‘sharp peaks (hills) and valleys’.
Glass beading uses a round glass media that ‘pocks’ the surface other than impinging the surface.  This kind of media is used more for aesthetic purposes than functional uses.  Glass bead media does not provide the best ‘anchor tooth’ for best powder coating adhesion.  Glass beading a surface (especially aluminum) reflects the light to your eyes better, and makes metal appear whiter or brighter.  

6.  What if my parts are chrome plated when I bring them to you?
If your parts are chrome plated, we will sandblast the top layer of chrome away, leaving the copper and nickel layers.  We will then check the part and the integrity of the remaining layers by pre-baking.  Doing this will make sure the remaining layers of copper and nickel are well adhered to the substrate.
Providing that the sandblasting and oven temperatures don’t cause ‘blistering’, or lifting of the copper and nickel, we will then powder coat right over it.
If the remaining chrome plating (copper and nickel) do blister, we are forced to have the parts reverse plated to remove all platings and back to bare metal.  Blistering occurs less than 10% of the time, so we do not suggest spending the money for the reverse plating process until we have checked the parts to see if that process is necessary.  

7.  How should the surface be prepped?
Leave this up to us! We do not like to coat over anything on the parts already (especially primer!) so don’t waste your time or money trying to "get it ready".
Powder coating is no different from any other "compliant" coating.  What that means is that when the Clean Air Act went into effect, many of the older paints that had a lot of solvent (high VOC) in them were no longer able to be used.  These older, high solvent paints, had the ability to "cut through" thin layers of oil or soil and bond to the metal.  As newer coatings were introduced such as water based, high solids/low solvent, powder and E-coat it quickly became apparent that these coatings required very clean substrates for good adhesion and performance.  Powders are not unique, but they do require a clean surface as does any modern coating.  

8.  What kinds of materials can be powder coated?
Any objects made from metal (aluminum, steel, brass, copper, bronze, titanium, magnesium, etc.) can be powder coated.  All of these metals, weather sand, die, investment casting, extruded, forged, and of course billet metals can be powder coated.  Low density cast parts may require additional handling and possibly surface restoration by the experienced technicians at D-Tech Coatings.  

9.  What are some of the specific items that can be powder coated?
Some of the items that we powder coat include: patio and indoor furniture, decorative architectural pieces, car, boat, plane, bicycle and motorcycle parts (including chassis, frames and exhaust systems), wrought iron gates and fencing, birdcages, wheels, plumbing and lighting fixtures, railings, hand rails, metal cabinetry (i.e. medicine cabinets, etc), appliances (front and side panels of ranges and refrigerators, washer tops and lids, dryer drums, air conditioner cabinets, water heaters, dishwasher racks, cavities of microwave ovens), and more!

10.  Can non-metallic items be powder coated?
Yes, D-Tech Coatings has experience coating non-conductive materials such as glass, abs/nylon plastics, ceramics and porcelain.  

11.  Can wood be powder coated?
New curing processes for powder that are under development now will, in the near future, allow powder coatings to be applied to wood and even common plastics.  Currently, there are unique specifically designed powder coatings manufactured for medium density overlay (MDO) and medium density fiberboard (MDF) products such as speaker cabinets and large production cabinetry applications.  Generally, powder coating typical wood products at this time is not practical or recommended.  

12.  Can scratches and dents be (re) filled?
Surface restoration services are possible using a combination of welding/brazing and proprietary filing composites.  Our technicians have many years experience in working with these “liquid metal” filing agents.  They are difficult to use and must be used at correct temperatures.  Non-metallic body fillers, such as “Bondo” cannot be used prior to powder coating any part.  

13.  Is Powder Coating better than liquid paint?
Powder coating is applied thicker than liquid paint (usually 3-4 mills compared to 1-2 mils) and powder coated surfaces are more resistant to chipping, scratching, fading, and wearing than liquid paint and other finishes.  Powder coating is more versatile than liquid paint, and can be used on springs without cracking the coating. You can’t do that with paint!

14.  Why not use the hobby powder guns kits advertised elsewhere and just do it myself?
Powder coating is like painting your car, you may be able to do it your self but you will not get the quality or durability of an experienced shop.  An experienced shop will have all the right tools to get the best possible quality job.  The hobby guns you see only charge the particles to 10kv, even if that much.  It takes a lot more electrostatic charge to correctly get a proper finish with quality that will last and look the best.  The industrial type guns charge particles from 30kv-100kv, and also charge in different ways for different applications.  I have seen it mentioned to use a kitchen oven; there is no way to keep correct process controlled temperatures with a kitchen oven.  You will not get uniform heating and curing, which the quality and durability will not be there.  The powder coating will not hold up as long, so in the long run you will spend more money and time with having to re-powder the part because of fading, chipping, etc that is caused from improper curing and improper application.  

15.  Do you use any reclaimed powder?
NEVER.  All of our powder is 100% virgin powder.  Reclaimed powder can introduce all kinds of defects and contamination.  The powders we use are some of the best on the market.

16.  What kinds of finishes are available with powder coating?
With powder coating, color selection is virtually unlimited with high and low gloss, metallic, and clear finishes available.  Colors stay bright and vibrant longer.  Texture selections range from smooth surfaces to a wrinkled or matte finish, and rough textures designed for hiding surface imperfections are also available.  Common formulations applied at D-Tech Coatings include epoxies, hybrids, urethanes, polyesters and acrylics.
Standard coatings commonly used include fluorescent, metallic, textured, hammertone, wrinkle, candy color/transparents, and of course all old world standard color finishes. All of these are available in flat, matte, semi and high gloss.
If you’re looking for something different, we are now applying Reflectra, a chrome look-alike powder coating! Reflectra is not as reflective as real chrome, however, it is still very bright.  The look is similar to satin polished aluminum.  We also apply coatings that are electro statically dissipative (ESD), electrically conductive, voltage insulating and phosphorescent (glow in the dark!!).  

17.  Are custom colors available?
Virtually any color, texture and gloss level can be custom matched.  Due to the process involved in manufacturing powder resin, custom colors can be expensive unless the requirement is large.  

18.  Can parts be coated with clear Powder Coating?
Yes! We offer clear powder coatings that can be applied over polished brass, aluminum and stainless – such as wheels, plumbing fixtures and lighting fixtures!
Many of the motorcycle enthusiasts polish the lip of their rims and powder the centers one color, and clear the entire rim for that eternal polished look!

19.  How does the oven temperature affect my metal parts?
The oven temperature is low enough to avoid any metal fatigue or retemperment.  We have powder coated automotive and leaf coil springs for hundreds of customers over the last twenty years without incident.  

20.  How much does powder coating cost?
Powder coating costs about the same as other professionally applied paints or coatings on small projects, and can often be substantially less expensive on larger quantities of parts.  Some bulk plating processes similar to anodizing may be slightly less expensive.  More decorative finishes, such as chrome plating, are substantially more expensive than powder coating.

Pricing is determined by our labor, material and power costs, with the main expense being the cost to operate the ovens to cure the powder.  Next on the expense list is labor with it taking more time to change colors than to spray them.  The equipment and the spray room have to be spotless as a few specks of powder from one color can ruin the next color.  So the more parts sprayed per color and the more parts cured at one time, the lower our costs are which lowers your cost.

The most cost effective way to have powder coating done is by having a number of pieces done at one time.  We are used to customers combining orders with others and sending parts from several motorcycles at one time.  We encourage this as it allows us to give you the highest quality powder coating at the best possible price.

21.  What if I scratch or ding my parts once I bring them home? How can I repair them?
Once you have your precious parts powder coated, you will never be able to have repairs (chips, scratches, etc.) redone in powder, without tanking it apart, stripping and recoating.  You can have a small touch up kit made by your local automotive paint supplier.

22.  What is the difference between D-Tech Coatings and other powder coaters?
Although many large companies send their work to us to be powder coated, we still consider ourselves a custom facility, and not a high run production shop.  We carefully examine each and every piece by hand several times during the powder coating process. We provide services that other powder coating services either do not know how to provide, or will not provide.  We pride ourselves on the difficult and often tedious masking and preparation situations we are presented with! If you would like a special transparent or candy color for your piece, it is not a problem! We also do not have a minimum piece order.
We credit all of our customers (large and small) for the choices they make when choosing a powder coater.  They know that by taking their parts to D-Tech Coatings, they will get their parts done correctly the first time, saving valuable time and aggravation.

23.  How do I get my parts to you?
If you are located nearby and wish to drop parts off to us, our offices are open Monday through Friday from 9 AM EST until 6 PM EST.  D-Tech Coating, LLC.  also offers pick up and delivery services.  If you are put of the area, out of state, or even out of the country, we recommend using UPS, FedEx, or US Priority Mail to get your parts to us.  Our experts in shipping will carefully package up your parts when they are finished and return them to you safe and sound, undamaged!

Shipping Details

Things to keep in mind when shipping parts

Parts must be totally disassembled.   Any disassembly of parts (i.e. seals, bushings, gaskets, bearing) by us will be charged at $50.00 per hour.  Also, any request to have items reassembled will be charged $50.00 per hour.

Parts can not contain any body filler.  They will ruin the coating.  Some minor imperfections may be filled by our process.  Call for details.

Additional charges will apply to RUSH jobs and for parts that remain in storage longer than 7 business days after powder coating has been completed and contact has been made for pickup or delivery.

Packaging Instructions

Pad your parts really well!  Parts can become damaged during shipping.  We are not liable for any damage done during shipping.  Damages must be handled through the company that you used to ship your part.  Make sure you COMPLETELY fill out and enclose an D-Tech Coatings, LLC. shipping form.

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Warranty Information

D-Tech Coatings LLC. shall warrant its factory-applied powder coatings for a period of one (1) year.  D-Tech Coatings LLC. warrants that the process of pretreatment and cure of all parts powder coated meets or exceeds the industry standards set forth by other powder manufacturers.

This warranty shall apply to the repair or replacement of coatings (at D-Tech Coatings LLC.’s discretion) of the material involved and shall not include reimbursement of consequential expenses such as installation, removal, equipment, or transportation costs.

D-Tech Coatings LLC. warrants against cracking, peeling, or excessive fading due to normal climatic exposure for a period of one (1) year.  Damage to the finish coating (scratches, chipping, etc.) caused by mechanical abuse and/or normal everyday usage such as rock chips/road debris, rough handling, installation, vandalism, or wreckage is not covered by this warranty.  

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Contact Us

If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to ask.  Please send us an email at info@dtechcoatings.com