Nylon always scores big on versatility and ease of application.

Nylon coatings are everywhere. These functional coatings deliver consistent performance, especially in the area of surface protection. Many of their secondary properties are desirable for products and components that require long-lasting physical durability, chemical resistance, and abrasion resistance.

The automotive industry uses nylon coatings often for components that might experience repeated friction. The mechanical “performance” and thermal stability of the coatings are ideal for automobile components that are made to last the life of the vehicle. Nylon coatings also help automobile manufacturers achieve another high-priority goal—reducing noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) to an absolute minimum.

What Is Nylon?

Considered a “green” product because it is made from castor seeds, a renewable raw material, nylon is not a term identifying a specific formula but a group of synthetic polymers. Nylon coatings are thermoplastic polyamide coatings that gain strength and durability from the nylon’s repeating molecular structure.

This strength makes it durable in many measurable ways, including high impact resistance. Nylon has high dimensional stability, good resistance to stress cracking, and low moisture absorption. Nylon coatings are not affected by pressure extremes, PH variations, or temperature extremes.

Ensuring Nylon Performance

Nylon coatings are also very desirable in many industries because they can deliver high performance in a thin coating. There are almost no limitations on what nylon can coat. (We’ve even coated hamburger buns, if you can believe it!)

But because of the thinness, careful measures must be taken to guarantee the coating will perform consistently and that durability will be maintained. Also, mistakes during application can be costly, as nylon is very difficult to strip off metal surfaces.

We typically apply nylon coatings with a spray gun or a dip method. The primary pitfalls to avoid are thickness overbuild and unnecessary thickness variations. These factors can increase the likelihood that a coating might peel before its expected service life is complete. You should also monitor how you hang parts before, during, and after coating so there are no hanging marks, which can affect the coating performance.

Trust the Nylon Experts at Crest Coating

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