Powder Coating is a fairly simple process. Blow powder statically charge powder over an item and cure it to the temperatures required by the powder (usually 250-300F degrees). Once the powder is cured and cooled it is extremely durable and ready to install. This makes it extremely popular for DIY hobbyists. But do you need an oven to powder coat your projects? Not necessarily. We discuss below.
The fact is powder and the item you’re powder coating only need to get up to the temperatures required to cure the powder. This means you have other options. Think of a hot car when it sits out in the sun all day. The surface of the vehicle gets very hot to the touch right? Well the same idea can be used to cure powder without a dedicated powder coating oven.
By using infrared heat curing technology you can heat up large areas on a part until they get hot enough for the powder to flow out and cure. If you’re doing a large item you can move the heat lamp around and cure sections of powder as you go. We suggest getting multiple heat lamps if you plan to do this often as it cuts down on curing time. Most good infrared lamps will heat up extremely fast and heat objects and not the air like traditional heaters.
If you’re on a budget our 1800 watt infrared heat lamp will cure smaller areas and small parts and is portable enough you can easily roll it into the corner of the shop when not in use. Pair this with our DIY Dual Voltage Powder Coating Gun and you’re set up to powder coat regardless of your space constraints. Our larger 6000 watt infrared heat lamp works well for curing powder on large objects like motorcycle chassis, car frames, and more!
No matter what you’re powder coating you can cure powder without an oven it just requires a different heat source. We suggest pairing a small oven for smaller parts with a heat lamp for large parts to get the most out of a small space in your garage. See all of our powder coating guns, powders, and supplies HERE.