Powder Coating Wood & MDF
Wood and wood composites are both excellent substrates for the UV-cured powder coating process. UV-curable powder coating uses significantly less heat and has a very fast processing time. This is beneficial because the longer wood is exposed to heat the more it degrades, causing defects such as cracking, outgassing, pin holing, grain raise, and fiber popping.
UV-curable powder coating can be a one or two coat process depending upon the finish requirements of the customer. Even a two coat UV-cured powder coating process is faster than alternative finishing processes.
Applications for powder coating wood and wood composites include: retail and POP fixtures components, shelving, commercial and residential furniture, and healthcare components to name a few.
Visit DVUV’s website to learn more about what a successful UV-cured powder coating line for MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) looks like.
You can also fill out our Finish Requirements Form if you have an existing project you feel UV powder could be a fit for.
UV-Cured MDF Powder Coating
|UV Cure||It is recommended that opaque powder coatings be cured using gallium-doped lamps with a UV-V dosage of 1500-3000 mJ/cm2 and UV-V irradiance of 1000-2000 mW/cm2.|
|Storage and Shelf Life||Dry and cool conditions below 65°F for 6 months (formulation can affect storage stability – contact Keyland Polymer to confirm the appropriate storage conditions for your product)|
|60° Gloss||ASTM D 523||10 – 90|
|Film Build||ASTM D 4138, Method A
Destructive Tooke Gauge
|3 – 5 mils|
|Adhesion||ASTM D 3359, Method A- X-Scribe||4A minimum|
|Pencil Hardness||ASTM D 3363-05 Scratch||H – 2H|
|MEK Resistance||PCI Test Method # 8||No softening after 50 rubs|
|Abrasion Resistance||ASTM D 4060, CS-17 Wheel 500g, 500 cycles||30 – 35 mg material loss|
|Impact Resistance||NEMA LD3-2005, 3.8
224g Steel ball 1.5″ diameter
|Pass 35″ no cracking|
|Scratch Resistance||500g weight on corrugated cardboard
4″ movement, repeated 5 times, same location
|No effect, no signs of wear or damage|
|Boiling Water Resistance||NEMA LD3-2005 3.5
20 minutes exposure
|10% citric acid||NEMA LD3-2005, 3.4||No effect|
|Vegetable oil||NEMA LD3-2005, 3.4||No effect|
|Coffee||NEMA LD3-2005, 3.4||No effect|
|Tea||NEMA LD3-2005, 3.4||No effect|
|Milk||NEMA LD3-2005, 3.4||No effect|
|Catsup||NEMA LD3-2005, 3.4||Slight effect|
|Mustard||NEMA LD3-2005, 3.4||No effect|
|Vinegar||NEMA LD3-2005, 3.4||No effect|
|Red lipstick||NEMA LD3-2005, 3.4||No effect|
|Grape juice||NEMA LD3-2005, 3.4||No effect|
|#2 pencil lead||NEMA LD3-2005, 3.4||Slight effect|
Available Colors and Products
Keyland Polymer can develop a custom powder to match both RAL and Pantone standards as well as customer supplied samples; including metallic and speckle finishes.
Our in-house coating, formulation and testing laboratory allows us to develop and validate coatings for your specific product application and performance requirements.
Disclaimer: The information listed is correct to the best of our knowledge and test results. The recommendations and suggestions herein are made without guarantee or representation of results. We recommend adequate testing in your laboratory or plant to determine if this product meets all of your finish requirements.