Some Frequently asked questions.

Why Do People Use Our Electrophoretic Products?

Finishers choose our process to provide their products with a durable, lasting coating. Our E-coats can be used as a primer, top coat or both, and also combined with other types of conventional coatings, the versatility is endless.

Productivity and Operational Cost Savings

  • High Material Transfer Efficiencies (90% +)
  • Low Application Costs
  • Precise Film Thickness and Build Control
  • Automated Processing - Reduced Workforce Requirements
  • System Automation
  • High Capacity Load Racking
  • High Throughput, Low Workforce Needs

Performance and Quality

  • 100% Coverage of Complex Parts and Components
  • Uniform Film Thickness Build
  • Benchmark Corrosion Protection
  • Superior Edge Coverage
  • One or Two-Coat Applications to Boost Performance
  • Product and Process Consistency
  • Compatible with Other Coating Technologies

Environmental Advantages

  • Low to No HAPs Formulations Available
  • Ultralow VOC Formulations Available
  • Heavy Metal-Free Formulations Available
  • Closed Loop Systems for Minimal Waste Discharge
  • OSHA Compliance
  • EPA Compliance

What characteristics are required from a jewellery lacquer?

There are number of key requirements to produce the ideal lacquer for coating intricate jewellery satisfactorily.

  • Highly controllable and uniform film build capability
  • Dry deposition
  • Excellent edge coverage
  • High image clarity
  • Outstanding perspiration, corrosion and wear/abrasion resistance 

For high curing temperature applications Aurotect would be the product of choice, where as Alphaclad 9130 has gained a worldwide reputation for low temperature applications (130 degrees C).

What is the ideal product to coat door hardware?

A suitable lacquer for this application would need to display the following characteristics:-

  • Medium to high build capability to maximise corrosion and wear resistance. A typical film thickness should be in the range of 12-18 microns.
  • Excellent aesthetic appearance and image clarity.
  • For outdoor applications, UV resistance is an absolute necessity. The Hawking Alphaclad SD colour range enables fade resistant finishes to be obtained.

What is the purpose of ultrafiltration in electrocoat systems?

The use of ultrafiltration acts as a dialysis unit to remove ionic contamination from working electrophoretic coating tanks. It is also used in 'closed loop' systems as a means of paint recovery.

What colours and finishes are achievable?

The array of finishes and colours that are achievable is vast. Through the use of specialist pigment technology, a number of stunning finishes can be obtained, from transparent tints to opaque finishes.

Nanomatt NSC allows satin and matt effects to be obtained.

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