Powder coating is an advanced finishing process that is an eco-friendly alternative to liquid paint. The powder used in the process is a mixture of finely ground particles of pigment and resin, which is electrostatically sprayed onto the frame of our bicycles. The charged powder particles adhere to the electrically grounded frame until the powder is heated and fused into a smooth coating in the curing oven. Powder coating is more resistant to chipping, scratching, fading, and wearing when exposed to snow, rain, and the hot sun.
Why is powder coating an eco-friendly alternative to liquid paint?
The majority of bicycle manufacturers today use liquid paint. Liquid paint finishes contain solvents that have pollutants known as volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), while powder coating contains no solvents and release minimal amounts, if any, VOC’s into the atmosphere.
Where are the frames powder coated?
All Wyatt frames are powder coated 30 miles north of La Crosse in the small town of Ettrick, WI by Premier Powdercoating, Inc. Premier Powdercoating continuously meets the quality that we demand for our customers.
The Powder Coating Process
Frame preparation is the most important step in the powder coating process. All of our frames are media blasted and cleared from oil and dirt. If the frame is not cleaned properly before it is sprayed, the powder will not adhere to the metal.
Applying the Base Coat
Before the desired powder coat color is applied to the frame, a thin layer of primer base coat is sprayed onto the frame.
How does the powder stick to the frame?
The frame is negatively charged by a ground wire that comes from the powder coating gun. Then as the powder passes through the gun it is positively charged, causing the powder to adhere to the frame.
Curing the Base Coat
After the base coat is applied to the frame, it is baked in a large powder coating oven for 15 minutes at 370°.
Why does the frame have to go in the oven?
While the frame is in the oven, the powder melts to the metal and creates a hard protective layer. It’s as if the frame has a layer of plastic skin.
Applying the Top Coat
After the base coat has been cured and inspected for quality, an even layer of the top coat is applied to the base coat.
Final Curing Process
The final curing process takes place after the top coat has been applied. The frame will bake in the oven for another 15 minutes at 370°.
Owner & Founder at Wyatt Bicycles
Wyatt is the owner and founder of Wyatt Bicycles. He started the business while attending the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2011 and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Business Information Systems in 2013. He first learned how to ride a bike when he was 4 and has been working in the bike industry since high school. He is passionate about biking, entrepreneurship, teaching others about his experiences, seeking out adventure, and loves a good craft beer.