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Finish Guide

Learn about the differences between the different basketball system finishes including powder coat and enamel

Most premium basketball goals on the market use the highly durable powder coating process to protect their basketball system and make them look aesthetically pleasing. Powder coating looks similar to paint to the untrained eye but is much better at resisting rust, protecting your system from scratches and will last much longer. If you are in an area where corrosion is an issue powder coating or stainless steel is a must. Some system such as the Pro Dunk line of hoops powder coat or use stainless steel for all parts of the basketball system to reduce rust and make the system much more durable.

Power Coating Process Explained
This is taken from PRCOAT

Powder coating is a dry finishing process, using finely ground particles of pigment and resin which are electrostatically charged and sprayed onto a part to be coated. The parts to be coated are electrostatically grounded so that the charged powder particles projected at them adhere to the parts and are held there until melt and fused into a smooth coating in the curing oven. The result is a uniform, durable, high quality finish that is also environmentally friendly.

It looks like paint but it acts like armor, states the Powder Coating Institute ( PCI) of this ubiquitous surfacing technique. Powder coating is a highly durable, decorative and long lasting finish applied to products of nearly every sort for the consumer and industry alike. It can come in virtually any color or finish, matte or smooth, is rust-free, scratch resistant and ecologically friendly.

The powder coating process uses a solvent free mix of plastic resins, pigments, and fillers that melt and fuse together when heated. The solid particles of coating are electrostatically charged in a spray gun and carried by low velocity air to the surface of the piece to be coated. The electrostatic charge holds the powder particles in place while the part is cured in a 400 degree oven. The heat of the oven causes a chemical reaction to occur and the powder to cure, creating a highly durable finish.

Any metal object that can hold an electrostatic charge and withstand the heat of the curing process can be powder coated. Powder can be applied to intricate surfaces and still maintain a uniform finish across the entire piece. Resistant to chipping, and fading, colors of a powder coated item will remain true for many years. High gloss and low gloss finishes, even metallic and clear finishes are available.

The performance characteristics of powder coating match or exceed the characteristics achieved from conventional solvent based coatings. Powder coating provides an extremely durable finish and has bonding capabilities superior to traditional wet paint. In addition it has excellent chemical resistancy.

Powder Coating is an environmentally friendly process unlike solvent based wet paint systems. With EPA regulations growing ever stricter, powder coating is fast becoming the technology of choice. Since the powder coating process does not use solvents in any way, VOC emission problems are eliminated.

Since its introduction in North America almost 40 years ago, powder coating has become the fastest growing finishing technology, currently representing over 10 percent of the total industrial finishing market. More and more finishing engineers for a countless array of products have switched from liquid finishing to powder coating as a way to produce a high quality and durable finish while maximizing production, cutting costs, improving efficiency, and complying with increasingly stringent environmental regulation.