Powder Coating Tips

The Essential Grounding Setup

October 13, 2016

Powder Coating Tips

Properly grounding your part is one of the most important steps to take when applying a powder coat. The powder is charged and utilizes an electrical field to attract and adhere to the part before it is baked on. If your part is not properly grounded then your powder will have a hard time sticking, and may even just fall right off.

A grounding rod is one of the best ways to ground your part and should be used over the stock wire and clip that comes with most guns. The difference that it makes is significant and I will go over that in a bit. A grounding rod is a 10-12-foot copper rod that you drive into the ground. You leave only a few inches exposed and use that to attached your grounding wire and run it to your hanging rack.

The reasoning for using a grounding rod setup is twofold. First, the grounding rod setup will dramatically reduce, if not almost eliminate, the dreaded “Faraday Cage Areas” that are a nuisance to most powder coaters. These are the recessed areas and tight corners that are shielded by more prominent areas of the part. The powder gets attracted to these larger areas and will not stick to the smaller, more recessed corners and spaces. A grounding rod will minimize these areas. Second, a grounding rod will allow you to spray multiple coats. If you are using the stock grounding wire setup that came with your gun you will have trouble applying multiple coats. This is because the coating itself acts as an electrical insulator, thus subsequent coats of powder will not be attracted to the part after the first coat has been applied. A grounding rod will allow you to apply multiple coats without issue.

Check back often for some more great powder coating tips.

– Jorge Flores, Marketing Coordinator
Coating Equipment Technology, Inc

4 Comments
  1. Bradford Snelson April 20, 2017 Reply

    I had no idea that powder in a powder coating was charged and used an electrical field to attract and adhere to the part before being baked on. It makes a lot of sense with that in mind though that the grounding would be one of the most important parts of the process. I imagine that hiring a professional to handle any powder coating jobs would be a good way to make sure that this step isn't skipped.

  2. John Mahoney April 20, 2017 Reply

    I did not know that powder coating involved a magnetic field that helped the powder stick to surfaces! It is interesting to think that something so simple can have such a big impact when working with these type of materials. Do you know how long it takes for a process like this to be done? I want to make sure I am prepared and plan accordingly as I have someone help me with it.

  3. Jonas Glan August 22, 2017 Reply

    Good to learn all these tips. I thought I know a lot of things already about powder coating, but there's so much to learn. Thank you!

  4. Michael December 15, 2017 Reply

    I really liked what you had to say here about powder coating and how it is one of the best ways to adhere color to an object. As you explained, you need to properly ground your part in order for the powder coat to really stick to the object because the electrical field needs something that is charged. My boss has been asking me about powder-coating, and I think that he should refer to this article to answer all of this questions. Thanks again for posting, and with this information, I think that he will be able to paint our products more effectively, quickly, and allow for the color to really stick.

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