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General Powder Coating

What is powder coating?
Powder coating is a type of protective and decorative coating that is applied electrostatically as a dry powder and then cured in an oven. The curing process heats the dry powder allowing it to flow and form a tough, solid film. The key difference between powder and liquid coatings is that powder does not require a solvent and is VOC free, therefore making it a less hazardous coating.

What can I apply powder coatings to?
Powder coatings are usually applied to metal substrates such as aluminium or steel but Interpon have also developed technologies for powder coating application to other materials such as MDF.

Is powder coating environmentally friendly?
Powder coating exhibits many environmental advantages. Powder coatings are VOC free and produce virtually no waste as any reclaim generated during the application process can be captured and recycled with nearly 100% use of the coating. We are also developing new technologies (Specialty Products Page) to replicate the appearance of popular but environmentally harmful processes such as chrome.

How does powder coating compare to alternative products?
Environment – Unlike powder coatings, liquid coatings contain VOC emitting solvents that are harmful to both human health and the environment. Limits of VOCs in indoor spaces in particular are closely monitored and can impact your project’s ‘green rating’.

Further, liquid coatings are not able to be reclaimed and any overspray end up in waste, while powder coating overspray can be reclaimed and reused resulting in virtually no waste and more efficient production lines. Powder coatings also require less manufacturing and transportation energy due to their lack of solvents which can add mass and weight to liquid coatings.

Color capability – While, like liquid coatings, powder coatings can be limited due to high performance requirements, technological advances have meant that powder coatings have a near endless color production capability. Powder coatings have even started to compete with liquid coatings to achieve bright metallic finishes. While still lagging behind the ultra bright effect available in liquid, manufacturers are achieving ever-brighter coatings with advancing technology.

Durability – Powder coatings have a reputation for superior hardness and durability. Widely used on items such as agricultural equipment, lawnmowers, outdoor furniture and other well used objects, powder coatings are the ideal metal coating for architectural areas in constant use such as window and door framing, shopfronts, fencings and railings.

Cost – there are many factors that can influence the final cost of a coating ranging from application, reusability, and transportation costs to the volume required and the competitiveness of the market. As such, it is difficult to compare costs between alternative coatings. Ultimately, keeping costs in check can come down to ensuring quality standards are in place and using quality assured applicators are a good way to achieve this.

Warranty

Why do I need a warranty for my project?
Supporting Interpon’s Global Warranty Program our network of Accredited Applicators are assessed against comprehensive criteria and rigorous application guidelines. Quality controlled to best in class standards to ensure their pre treatment and application procedures meet these strict guidelines.

These standards are designed to ensure the application process is adhered to in accordance with the requirements of both AkzoNobel, and global industry standards, ensuring the highest level of customer satisfaction possible.

What warranties are offered by Interpon?
Interpon has a choice of warranty systems depending on your project requirements. Our global Interpon D Warranty program has a reputation spanning almost 30 years and has a proven track record providing warranties for many local and global iconic landmark buildings. Visit the Interpon projects page to find out more about our impressive global track record.

Backed by exhaustive testing in Europe and a proven track record in anti-corrosion warranties, Interpon Powder Coatings has recently launched the first concise anti-corrosion warranty systems for steel substrates for the Australasian market.

Interpon D Approved Applicators can offer a warranty on the architectural product range for architectural aluminium applications. The Interpon D warranty is a 3 tier system that complements our product range. Interpon D product warranties range from 30, 20 to 10 year warranties. View our specification page to find out more about Interpon D product warranties. View our specification page to find out more about Interpon D product warranties.

Steelplex™ Accredited Applicators can offer a corrosion protection and color and film integrity warranty over mild steel substrates. The Steelplex™ warranties range from 1 – 10 years depending on the base metal substrate and the environment category for the project. Click here to find out more about Steelplex™ system warranties.

The correct selection and quality application of the coating system play a vital role in ensuring long term performance. This is why we conduct an extensive evaluation process and only issue accreditation to applicators who meet our stringent criteria, ensuring the highest level of customer satisfaction possible.

Product Range

What is the Interpon D range?
Interpon D is the Interpon powder coating product range for application to architectural aluminium. The range includes a number of coating technologies designed to meet the requirements of the AAMA standards. To find out more about the Interpon D range of architectural powder coating products, view our Product page.

What other powder coating products does Interpon offer?
We offer a complete range of products for a number of markets to complement our Architectural products including products suited to the furniture, automotive, appliance, general industrial and the general trade markets. A number of these products can be viewed as part of our Specialty Products range while market specific products can be viewed at www.interpon.com.au.

Where can I find pricing information?
Our pricing structure is dependant on volume, technology and color choice and as such can vary. Please contact us for specific product pricing.

I need a specific color for a project, can Interpon manufacture it?
Interpon offers an industry leading custom color match service. We can match nearly every conceivable color from virtually any source. Whether your specific color is an RGB, pantone or RAL value, a wet paint, or even a piece of cut off metal we can provide an accurate match.

Please note, due to our stringent durability and color performance compliance some colors may not be possible to manufacture in the desired technology. Please contact us for advice on color matching and manufacture.

I only need to coat a small area, what are your minimum order sizes? 
Interpon’s innovative small batch manufacture services, MiniB and MiniB Micro allow for order sizes for custom shades from 20kg which coats approximately 140m2. What’s more we manufacture your unique color in 5 to 7 working days. All stock colours can be ordered in quantities as small as 20kg.

How long does it take to manufacture custom made colors?
Custom made colors are manufactured within a 4 week lead time. If time is of the essence for your project and the quantity does not exceed 200kg (coats 1400m2) this can be reduced to a 5-7 work day turnaround with our unique small batch manufacture MiniB service.

What GBCA Green Star credits are Interpon D products eligible for?
Our entire Interpon D range of architectural coatings contributes toward several green credit points within the IEQ category. For detailed information on each applicable rating tool visit our Green Star credit page.

Are MSDS and TDS available online?
The technical data sheets (TDS) are available from the Downloads Centre. For MSDS, please contact us.

Where have Interpon’s coatings been used before?

For over 30 years, Interpon coatings have been used throughout Australia on a wide range of notable architectural projects. Visit our Gallery to view these amazing project photos.

What are the Environmental Classifications for AS4312?

ISO 12944 and AS4312
Corrosion Typical environments Mild steel corrosion rate (µm/y)
C1 Very low Dry indoors <1.3
C2 Low Arid / Urban inland 1.3 – 25
C3 Medium Coastal or industrial 25 – 50
C4 High Sea-shore (calm) 50 – 80
C5-I Very high Industrial 80 – 200
C5-M Very high Marine 80 – 200
T Tropical (See note) Tropical Relevant only to the selection of organic coatings. Refer to AS4312-2008 Clause 3.2.6 for details.

Note: The “Tropical” category is not in ISO 12944.

Interpon D

What is an Interpon D Warranty?

Interpon Powder Coatings has a proven global track record spanning nearly 30 years, providing warranties for architectural aluminium application. The Interpon D warranty is a 3 tier system that complements our product range. Interpon D offers a choice of product warranties ranging from 30, 20 to 10 year warranties depending on product selection and application requirements.

Why should I use an Interpon D Approved Applicator?
Only Interpon D Approved Applicators can offer a warranty on the architectural product range for architectural aluminium applications.

Supporting Interpon’s Global Warranty Program our network of accredited applicators are assessed against comprehensive criteria and rigorous application guidelines. Quality controlled to best in class standards to ensure their pre treatment and application procedures meet these strict guidelines.

These standards are designed to ensure the application process is adhered to in accordance with the requirements of both AkzoNobel, and global industry standards, ensuring the highest level of customer satisfaction possible.

What is the Interpon D range?
Interpon D is the Interpon Powder Coating product range for application to architectural aluminium. The range includes a number of coating technologies designed to meet the requirements of the AAMA standards.

What’s the difference between each of Interpon’s architectural products?
Our range of architectural powder coatings is based on the globally recognised AAMA standards which set out the performance requirements with regard to a number of factors including, among others:

Each product in our range meets, and often exceeds a designated standard and is therefore suited to a particular project and environment. View our Quick Reference Chart for an overview of which product should be used where, or use our product selector tool to determine the right product in detail.

What standards do Interpon D comply with?
AAMA standards are the globally recognised specification, performance requirement and test procedure for organic coatings on aluminium extrusions and panels as set out by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association.
The standards assist architects, owners and contractors to specify coatings for aluminium applications that will provide and maintain a minimum level of performance.

AS3715 is the Australian standard for ‘Metal Finishing – Thermoset powder coating for architectural applications of aluminium and aluminium alloys’. It sets out the Australian standards required for pretreatment, application and performance of powder coatings on aluminium substrates.

An overview of the performance requirements for each standard is available from the AAMA.

What is the Building Code of Australia (BCA)?
The Building Code of Australia (BCA) provides a nationally accepted and uniform set of technical requirements for all areas of building, from design to construction. Developed by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) on behalf of the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments, the BCA is referred to as the building regulation in all States and Territories – 2010 – these are the regulatory Australian guide lines which defines construction requirements for residential and commercial projects.

Delivery

What are Interpon’s delivery times?

State Place by Receive by
Geelong 9.30am 5.00pm same day
4.00pm Next day 12.30pm
Gold Coast 11.30am 5.00pm same day
4.30pm Next day 12.00pm
NSW 11.00am 4.00pm same day
2.00pm Next day
4.00pm Next day 12.00pm
QLD 12.30pm 5.00pm same day
4.00pm Next day
5.00pm Next day 12.00pm
SA 9.30am 1.00pm same day
1.00pm 4.00pm same day
SA (5kgs) 2.15pm Transit varies dependent on State
Tas (ex Hobart) 2.00pm Next day
Tas (ex WSP) 2.30pm 3 days transit delivery 4th day
VIC 8.30am 1.30am same day
12.00pm 5.00pm same day
2.30pm Next day
4.00pm Next day 11.00am
WA 12.30pm 12.00pm same day
4.00pm 5pm same day

Approved Applicator

Why should I become an Interpon D Approved Applicator or Steelplex™ Accredited Applicator?

Interpon Powder Coatings has 2 distinct accreditation programs for applicators.

Interpon D Approved Applicators can offer a warranty on the architectural product range for architectural aluminium applications.

Steelplex™ Accredited Applicators can offer up to 10 years corrosion protection and 15 years color and film integrity warranty depending on the base metal substrate and the environment category for the project.

As an Interpon D Approved Applicator or a Steelplex™ Accredited Applicator you are recognised as a quality applicator with all the procedures in place to produce high quality products that meet rigorous industry standards. This recognition allows you to offer, with confidence, a warranty on your products and systems to a wide range of customers.

How do I become an Interpon D Approved Applicator or Steelplex™ Accredited Applicator?
Becoming an Interpon D Approved Applicator or Steelplex™ Accredited Applicator involves meeting our quality standards for metal pre-treatment facilities, powder application equipment and stoving facilities. Additionally we must also be satisfied sufficient quality management procedures are in place.

Steelplex™ Warranty

What is an Interpon Steelplex™ Warranty System?

Interpon Powder Coatings offers the first concise range of high performance corrosion protection coating systems for the Australasian powder coat finishing industry.

Interpon Steelplex™ corrosion protection warranty systems have been developed for a range of metal substrates. The Steelplex™ warranty systems, consists of a 3 tier classification determined by the application environment and the coating systems used. View our Steelplex™ Quick Reference Guide for an overview of the Steelplex™ systems available.

Why should I use a Steelplex™ Accredited Applicator?

Only Steelplex™ Accredited Applicator’s can offer a corrosion protection warranty on a range of steel substrates ranging from 1 – 10 years depending on the base metal product and the environment category for the project.

The Steelplex™ Accredited Applicator Network is designed to ensure the application process is adhered to in accordance with the requirements of both AkzoNobel, and global industry standards.

The correct selection and quality application of the coating system play a vital role in providing the appropriate corrosion protection warranty for long term performance, ensuring the highest level of customer satisfaction possible.

Supporting Interpon’s Global Warranty Program our national network of Steelplex™ Accredited Applicators are assessed against comprehensive criteria and rigorous application guidelines. Quality controlled to best in class standards to ensure their pre treatment and application procedures meet these strict guidelines.

What Standards do Steelplex™ Warranty Systems comply with?

As well as adhering to AkzoNobel’s comprehensive global standards, Steelplex™ warranty systems reference the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), Australian Standards (AS) and the Building Code of Australia (BCA) for classification guidelines.

Certain geographic and regulatory issues or climatic variability may mean that International Standards are not always applicable or need modification.

Australian Standards may also be required if there are no existing or related Standards. In reference to Steelplex™ Warranty Systems the Australian Standards provide atmospheric corrosivity zones in Australia for products.

Who are the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO)?

International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) are the largest developer and publisher of International Standards. ISO provide global regulatory standards which are then supported locally by local country Standards. ISO references in relation to Steelplex™ are used to define the environmental categories and preparatory standards for steel substrates.

What are the Australian Standards (AS)?

Standards Australia is an independent, not-for-profit organisation, recognised by the Australian Government as the peak non-government Standards body in Australia. Standards Participation in the global market requires adherence to International Standards wherever possible (adherence to ISO).

Standards are published documents setting out specifications and procedures designed to ensure products, services and systems are safe, reliable and consistently perform the way they are intended to. They establish a common language which defines quality and safety criteria.

What is the Building Code of Australia (BCA)?

The Building Code of Australia (BCA) provides a nationally accepted and uniform set of technical requirements for all areas of building, from design to construction. Developed by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) on behalf of the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments, the BCA is referred to as the building regulation in all States and Territories – 2010 – these are the regulatory Australian guide lines which defines construction requirements for residential and commercial projects.

Steelplex™ references BCA classifications for substrate – mild steel only, pre treatment – Blast clean, for commercial applications which meet Volume 1 (pertains primarily to Class 2 – 9 buildings) of the BCA, residential applications which meet  Volume 2 (pertains primarily to Class 1 and 10 buildings) of the BCA (excluding aluminium extrusions for glazing and constituent components) General Trade components, Automotive Components and Mobile equipment.