FP Advanced

E-Coat | Electropaint

E-Coat & Electropaint
Experts at coating metals using the electrophoretic, or e-coat process, FP Advanced Coatings Limited boasts three e-coating lines, enabling our company to coat large volumes of components efficiently and accurately.

Offering our customers greater flexibility, our three e-coat lines provide a variety of options for coating mild steel, electro-zinc coated mild steel and aluminium. Such facilities also provide us with a large coating capacity that has exceeded 1.5 million components per month, a figure which incorporated a range of component sizes including vehicle body sides. 

Widely used in the general engineering sector to apply primer or protective coatings, electrophoretic coating, electropainting, electrodeposition, electrophoretic deposition (EPD), or e-coating, are all titles for a process which applies a thin, durable, and corrosion-resistant epoxy resin coating to metal components. 

In Germany, e-coating or more specifically, cathodic dip painting, is known by the abbreviation KTL (Kathodische TauchLackierung), a term which is now used frequently across the automotive sector.

automotive e coating process

Key Features

Measuring less than the diameter of a human hair, the e-coat layer is nominally 20 microns thick but can be varied for specific customer applications. 

At the beginning of the e-coat process, the metal surface is cleaned and degreased prior to pre-treatment and the application of the coating layer. If necessary, the component can also be acid pickled to remove mill scale, laser-cut edge oxides, and surface corrosion before being coated. These steps all take place within a single process line. 

Following pre-treatment, the component is fully submerged into the coating bath, where the e-coat layer is deposited. By fully submerging the component, internal surfaces or voids that would remain uncoated during a wet spray process can also receive a coating layer and subsequent protection from corrosion.

 

What it’s used for?

Providing full coverage on the most complex ware packages, or parts with cavities and hidden areas, our coatings yield the ultimate corrosive and chemical resistance upon our customers’ components. 

After the coating stage, the components are rinsed to remove any non-deposited paint residue, oven cured, and cooled to complete the process. The e-coat is then suitable as a primer coating for further coating layers or coating systems to be applied such as powder coating. Additionally, it can also act as general protection for the component after assembly with other parts.

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Such a wonderful company to deal with through all levels of the organisation. Truly no negative feedback for any department.

Star Precision Tools Ltd.

As a rapid prototype facility speed is essential. FP Advanced have constantly delivered, always being flexible, and often surpassing our demands.

Nèos Automotive

FP Advanced staff are always helpful and any enquiries and/or issues are acted upon swiftly and dealt with in a timely and professional manner.

Park Sheet Metal

We have found that the quality of product, delivery performance, and communications are of a high standard. Thank you for your continued support.

Irish Pressings Ltd.

Such a wonderful company to deal with through all levels of the organisation. Truly no negative feedback for any department.

Star Precision Tools Ltd.

As a rapid prototype facility speed is essential. FP Advanced have constantly delivered, always being flexible, and often surpassing our demands.

Nèos Automotive

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