Manufacturing Techniques of Porcelain Enamel

There are two major groups of standard process steps used in manufacturing porcelain enamel materials:

Surface preparation is for removal of soil, oil, corrosion and similar dirt from the basis material. The clean surface allows the porcelain enamel to bond well with the basis material.

Coating, including ball milling and enamel application. Ball milling is performed to mix and grind frit and other raw materials, forming an enamel slip of appropriate consistency for a particular application.

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EPiC Industrial Enamel

High Gloss Enamel Surface Coating

Industrial Enamel is a modified single pack urethane enamel made in a high gloss finish. It can be applied to a variety of surfaces including Concrete, Timber and Metal Surfaces that have been primed with a suitable Metal Primer. EPiC Industrial Enamel is for interior use only.

Features

EPiC Industrial Enamel has excellent durability for a single pack coating. It has very good corrosive and abrasive properties. It is hard wearing when cured and has excellent Gloss and Colour retention.

Suitable Substrates

  • Concrete
  • Stainless Steel
  • Blasted Steel
  • Mild Steel
  • Aluminium
  • Galvanised Iron
  • Timber

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Efcolor cold enamel coating

Efcolor enamel powders are fired at just 150ºC, so there is no need for a specialist kiln. They can be baked in your home oven, or use the specially designed Efcolor Tea Light Stove (If you have a fan assisted oven you might need to check where you place your pieces, so that the fan doesn’t blow the powder off before it has had a chance to set).

Efcolor enamel coating can be used on a wide range of surfaces inlcuding wood, porcelain, glass, silver, copper, bronze, brass, stone, ceramic or any other surface that can be fired at 150ºC… including our great range of copper blanks which can be found here.

You can get some great effects by sifting through stencils or shapes, or by adding elements to the powder and then baking in place. We recommend you get a sifter/sieve top to make it easier to spread the colour over your surface.

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Water Use of Porcelain Enamel

The cleaning processes for removing oil and dirt employ water based alkaline cleaners. Acid pickling solutions are used to remove oxides and corrosion and to etch the surface of the workpiece. Water is also used to rinse the basis material after it has been cleaned by the above listed processes.

A water solution of nickel salts is used in nickel flash operations in the steel subcategory.

The ball milling operation uses water for washing out the ball mills between mixing batches and for cooling the ball mills. During application of the porcelain enamel slip, water may be used as a curtain device for entrapping waste slip from overspray.

The characteristics of the wastewater generated by a porcelain enameling facility may vary depending on basis material cleaning and coating.

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Cadmium Yellow Medium

Cadmium Yellow Medium is a Series 4 opaque color. It has a
masstone of intense rich yellow, with a very similar undertone. It
has a strong Cadmium pigment which is sensitive to moisture and
should not be used outdoors.

Color Comparisons

Cadmium Yellow Light / Arylamide Yellow Light / Cadmium Yellow
Medium / Arylamide Yellow Deep / Cadmium Yellow Deep

In this sequence of bright yellows shown side by side it is
possible to compare the cadmium colours with similar arylamide
colours. Cadmium Yellow Light is distinctly greener that the other
colours shown here and should be compared to Transparent Yellow
which in masstone looks rather muddy but when White is added has
the same lemony yellow colour as Cadmium Yellow Light.

Arylamide Yellow Light sits between Cadmium Yellow Light and
Cadmium Yellow Medium and is a very bright and opaque colour.
Cadmium Yellow Medium is a mid point yellow colour and Arylamide
Yellow Deep always looks slightly muddy in masstone, but is bright
in tints, but not as bright as Cadmium Yellow Deep which is shown
next.

The long swatch at the bottom shows Arylamide Yellow Deep which is
transparent enough to be used as a glaze. The other yellows shown
here are rather too opaque to be used in glazing.

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What is the Porcelain Enamel Industry?

Porcelain enamel is the application of glass-like coatings to metals such as steel, cast iron, aluminum or copper. The purpose of the coating is to improve resistance to chemicals, abrasion and water and to improve thermal stability, electrical resistance and appearance.

The coating applied to the workpiece is a water based slurry called a “slip” and is composed of one of many combinations of frit (glassy like material), clays, coloring oxides, water and special additives such as suspending agents.

These vitreous inorganic coatings are applied to the metal by a variety of methods such as spraying, dipping, and flow coating, and are bonded to the base metal at temperatures in excess of 500 °C (over 1000 °F). At these temperatures, finely ground enamel frit particles fuse and flow together to form the permanently bonded, hard porcelain coating.

At the time of the 1982 rulemaking there were approximately 130 porcelain enamel facilities in the United States.

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Enamel Powder Transparent Red

This is a low temperature resin based enamel powder which can be used on metals such as silver or copper, along with glass, wood, porcelain and stone. As with all enamels, this Transparent Red enamel does not require the use of a kiln, as it can be fired in a conventional oven at 150°C.

This fabulous product enables anyone to create enamelled jewellery designs with ease. Simply sieve onto your chosen backing, transfer to a firing plate, and fire in a pre-heated oven at 150°C for 3 – 5 minutes. Care must be taken when removing your piece from the oven as it will be hot. A Sieve Top (861 700) may be useful for easy application of the powder.

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Properties of black cobalt coatings

The optical properties of electrolytic black cobalt coatings with different film thicknesses are reviewed.

Although the intrinsic selectivity of black cobalt is only moderate, efficient selective surfaces can be prepared on highly infrared reflecting metals like smooth copper. The optical and structural investigations show that the porous material consists of a granular distribution of a cobalt-rich phase, which causes a significant infrared absorption.

Due to this, the angular dependence of the thermal emission is strongly dependent on film thickness. The influence of different annealing steps on the film properties is discussed.

It is shown that black cobalt can be used in high-temperature designs of flat plate evacuated tubular collectors, provided the annealing process is performed under inert conditions. If the coating is used in air, degradation may occur due to oxidation of cobalt metal above 200°C.

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Chemical properties of porcelain enamel powder

1) porcelain enamel powder often is applied as a paste, and may be transparent or opaque when fired; vitreous porcelain enamel powder can be applied to most metals. It has many excellent properties: it is smooth, hard, chemically resistant, durable, can assume brilliant, long-lasting colors, and cannot burn. Its disadvantages are its tendency to crack or shatter when the substrate is stressed or bent. Its durability has found it many functional applications: early 20th century advertising signs, interior oven walls, cooking pots, exterior walls of kitchen appliances, cast iron bathtubs, farm storage silos, and processing equipment such as chemical reactors and pharmaceutical chemical process tanks. Commercial structures such as gas stations, bus stations and even Lustron Houses had walls, ceilings and structural elements made of porcelain enamel powderl steel.

2) Color in porcelain enamel powder is obtained by the addition of various minerals, often metal oxides cobalt, praseodymium, iron, or neodymium. The last creates delicate shades ranging from pure violet through wine-red and warm gray. Porcelain enamel powder can be either transparent, opaque or opalescent (translucent), which is a variety that gains a milky opacity the longer it is fired. Different porcelain enamel powder colors cannot be mixed to make a new color, in the manner of paint. This produces tiny specks of both colors; although the eye can be tricked by grinding colors together to an extremely fine, flour-like, powder.

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