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  • Paint repelling?

    The other day I was doing a bath of parts in Black Magic.
    I was noticing on some of he items, where the hook was connected to the part, the paint was actually repelling off! There was a bare spot, and I shot paint right at it, and you could see it just turn away from it! Like opposing magnets. after while, this stopped and I was able to paint the part.

    Has this happened to anyone else?
    Anyone know what causes this?

  • #2
    Re: Paint repelling?

    Theres a tech term for it, dont remember what it is but basically a part can become charged enuff that it will repel the charged particals...usually happens in tight recess's..
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    • #3
      Re: Paint repelling?

      When I coated all my kitchen cabinet hardware it would happen to me in about 1 out of 20 pieces. Just figured the earth?s magnetic field shifted slightly.
      Sometimes it is entirely appropriate to kill a fly with a sledgehammer - Maj.Holdridge


      • #4
        Re: Paint repelling?

        "Problems with powder charging or delivery will make it more expensive
        and difficult to apply the material to the part. Many times these
        problems can be corrected by a review of the basic function of the
        application system to see what is wrong. This troubleshooting section
        covers some of the common mistakes that cause difficulty in the application
        of powder coatings.

        Poor Charging
        When it becomes unusually difficult to get powder into the inside corners
        (Faraday cage areas) there are three common things that should
        be checked.
        1. Grounding
        2. Powder flow rate
        3. Voltage
        Grounding may be lost from excess build-up of coating on the hangers.
        Measure the resistance from the part to the conveyor rail with an
        ohmmeter. If the resistance is greater than 1 megohm, the path to
        earth ground is not adequate. Check the components of the racking
        arrangement, find the insulated component and clean it to make good

        Excessive powder flow rates will cause a reduction in charging efficiency.
        Check the gauges and reduce the flow rate.
        The voltage at the gun tip needs to create a field of high potential.
        Check voltage at the gun tip to make sure that it is compatible with
        the gauge.

        The Faraday cage effect describes the problem with getting the powder
        to adhere to the surface of an inside corner. This is the result of
        resistance created by the presence of an electrostatic force. The elec-

        Application Problems
        Etrostatic force is attracted to the prominent areas of the part where
        the resistance is low. Free ions and powder film build quickly on these
        more prominent surfaces and create additional resistance to penetration.
        Faraday cage effect can be reduced by limiting the current draw of the
        gun, by using the correct nozzle for the task, and by control of the
        flow rates and gun-to-target distance.

        Back ionization
        Back ionization occurs when the electric field on the part surface
        reaches a point where it begins to ionize the air under the powder
        film. Positive ions are released, creating ruptures in the film, repelling
        the powder and causing a blemish that is commonly called a ?star.?
        The potential causes are:
        1. excessive voltage (high current draw)
        2. the gun is too close to the part (high current draw)
        3. too much film build (too many free ions on the surface)
        4. application over an already coated surface (dielectric of coating
        creates resistance)
        5. poor grounding of part (no path to ground for ions)
        Preventing back ionization requires control of current draw. If the current
        draw is too high the part surface will not be able to take the
        number of ions arriving. Voltage levels, gun-to-target distance, the
        presence of ion collectors or the control of the load line inside the gun
        affects control of current draw. Lower voltage, greater distance to the
        target, automatic current control or ion collectors can be used to reduce
        the potential for back ionization.