There are several types of ceramic coatings that can be applied to metal parts in order to enhance their properties. These ceramic coatings include ITC ceramic coatings, high temp ceramic coatings, ITC 100 refractory, ceramic insulation coatings, and more. Most ceramic coatings are great insulators, and they provide high levels of abrasion resistance for metals. They are also capable of maintaining their integrity under severely elevated temperatures, sometimes up to 4,500 degrees Fahrenheit.
Before you apply the coating, it's important that you make sure that the ceramic coating is compatible with the metal surface you're working with. Applying an ITC ceramic coating is a multi-stage process. Some of the most common methods for applying ceramic coatings include the following.
In plasma spraying, ceramic powder is passed through an ionized gas at extremely high temperatures. The pressurized gas then speeds molten ceramic particles toward the substrate where they bond onto its surface. As a result, you will see a strongly adhering and high-density coating.
The detonation gun process is extremely effective for particular ceramic materials, like tungsten carbide, that is required for producing highly dense coatings for a metal surface. This process creates an explosion of oxygen and acetylene gas at nearly 6,000 degrees Fahrenheit, melting the ceramic and firing it at high speeds towards the target substrate.
Oxygen Acetylene Powder
This particular method involves heating the ceramic powder under a flame that's about 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit. It also uses compressed gas to spray the coating onto the substrate. It creates porous coating layers with relatively low adhesion strength.
Oxygen Acetylene Rod
Finally, with this method, a fused ceramic rod passes under an oxyacetylene torch burning at 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, pressurized gas is used to spray molten ceramic material onto a surface, producing a ceramic coating with a high level of cohesive bonding.
There are five types of ITC ceramic coatings, including ITC 148, ITC 100HT ceramic coating, ITC 213 ceramic coating for metals, ITC 296A ceramic top coating, and ITC 200 EZ ceramic repair. No matter what type of ITC ceramic coating you choose, you can research new techniques to make sure you're applying your coating in the best way possible.