Powder Coating Area

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The Powder Coating Area within our Metal Shop at Pikes Peak Makerspace (PPM) consists mostly of Level 2 equipment.

Additional PPM training is required to use any of our Level 2 equipment.

All our Powder Coating Equipment combined occupies about 90 square feet (6'x18').

It is an important part of the 5,500 square foot building that we lease.

Powder Coating Area hand tools should be marked with pink tape, paint, or powder coating.

Contact Us if you cannot find your answer here on our Wiki or if you notice any info that is outdated.


Safety First

Members must know the following information:

In case of emergency, call 911.
Our physical location is:
735 East Pikes Peak Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
use this when ordering pizza or an ambulance

PPM Fire Escape Plan

Fire Escape Plan maps are posted throughout the Makerspace.
There are 7 fire extinguishers on the fire escape plan map. Review the PPM Fire Escape Plan for locations.

First Aid

There is a FIRST AID Supply Cabinet in our Kitchen Area.
FIRST AID Kits are available in four areas: the Kitchen, Metal Shop, Wood Shop and CNC Room.

Eye Wash Stations

Emergency Eye & Face Wash Stations are mounted in four areas: the Kitchen, Wood Shop, CNC Room and Vented Room.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Wear protective equipment in all Wood and Metal Shop Areas.
Wear gloves when using Isopropyl Alcohol and other cleaners.

Hazardous Chemicals

All hazardous chemicals must be stored in the yellow hazardous chemical storage cabinet located in the Vented Room.
Review the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) information of unknown products before use.
SDS information is available via the QR code on the hazardous chemical storage cabinet or this spreadsheet.
Do not bring dangerous chemicals to the makerspace.
Spray paint, stains, and other approved items must be stored in the hazardous chemical storage cabinet in the Vented Room.
Please DO NOT paint indoors.


Classes and Training

New Member Orientation


Class Leader — Quinn Hackenberg
To help out in the Powder Coating Area contact the Class Leader on Slack.
PPM announces its Upcoming events, including classes, on Meetup


  • Max part size to powder coat is 36"x45"x91"

Part prep

  • Remove anything off the part that can’t handle 400°F
  • Part must be clean and degreased to prevent contamination of media
  • Sandblasting part first gives more grip for the powder to stick to and last longer
  • If the part has been sandblasted, bake the part in the oven at 180°F until the part reaches temp to degas and discharge part. Then allow to cool.
  • Tape anything off with high temp tape (PET, Kapton, Fiberglass) that you don’t want to be powered coated
  • Once the part is cleaned and discharged do not touch part with your hands

Powder coat gun prep

  • Make sure the gun is completely clean by blowing off any powder off and in the gun with air compressor
  • Completely clean out all powder from the powder bottle if using a different color
  • Only fill bottle 2in, NO MORE. The bottle needs air circulation to work properly.
  • Set gun to high voltage for most things for the first coat and use low voltage for very small parts or second coats
  • Set gun PSI to 3-5 PSI

Powder coating

  • Place part on rack or hang from rack using stainless steel hooks or wire
  • Connect ground wire to rack or wire
  • Check ground by moving powder coat gun close to part (1-2in) and push power button to verify there electricity aches to the part. If not, adjust ground until you have a strong arch.
  • Hold button and spray powder 6-8 inch away in a circular motion around part until the part is evenly coated.
  • Start coating the parts that are deep and have 90 degree angles (low voltage may help if it’s not sticking) then coat the rest at high voltage
  • Check evenness with led light
  • If air from the gun is blowing powder off part PSI is too high
  • If the powder is not sticking, the part may have not been cleaned well enough or not discharged enough
  • If you mess up or want to restart you can blow off the powder and restart

Baking part

  • Preheat oven to the temperature specified for the powder
  • Place part in the oven being careful not to knock off any powder from part
  • Measure the temp of the part until its at the specified temp for the powder being used (using IR thermometer)
  • Once the part has reached temp bake the part for the specified time for the powder being used
  • Carefully remove the part from the oven and allow it to cool down before handling
  • To add a second coat, coat part hot at 180°F with good ground and on low voltage and rebake


Links to external sites:

How to Powder Coat — Eastwood
Convert Celsius to Fahrenheit

Equipment Lists

Powder Coating Equipment

Picture Item Manufacturer Model

powder coating paint gun,

dual voltage

Eastwood Powder Coating
Powder coating paint booth
powder coating

paint booth

Huge oven for powder coating
huge (36"x45"91")

powder coating oven

with PID controller

Trevor Banks N/A

Hand Tools

Picture Item Manufacturer Model
IR Thermometer
IR thermometer
Clamp powder coated pink
small clamp
Powder Coating Area hand tools should be marked with pink tape or paint or powder coating.
Return all tools to their proper location after use. This rule applies to all areas of our Makerspace.

Donations Received

Wish List

Pikes Peak Makerspace is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so we can provide a receipt for any donations you make.


PPM members enjoy discounts at the following local merchants:
(bring proof of membership)
Company Website Benefit Directions to
Woodcraft of Colorado Springs 10% discount    4438 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Logo CO Lumber
CO Lumber Specialties 10% discount 3636 Stone Avenue
Logo General Air
GENERAL AIR 10% discount 3031 N Nevada Ave.
Logo ACE
ACE Hardware Uintah Gardens 10% discount 1830 W Uintah Street
Map of stores that provide PPM member discounts
Map of helpful local resources curated by our makers
At home LightBurn subscriptions can be purchased at a discounted rate for being a PPM member.
The discount code is saved as a Pinned Message in our 'laser-cutter' channel in Slack.


Powder Coating Powders

Color Item Supplier Safety Data Sheet Curing Procedure
Sassy Pink PSS 3063 PRISMATIC POWDERS Safety Data Sheet 20 Minutes at 350°F
Neon Green PSS 1221 PRISMATIC POWDERS 10 Minutes at 400°F
Space Dust PPB 10713 PRISMATIC POWDERS 10 Minutes at 400°F
Ink Black PSS 0106 PRISMATIC POWDERS 10 Minutes at 400°F
Flatter Black ESS 4441 PRISMATIC POWDERS 10 Minutes at 400°F
Super Grip Black PTB 6419 PRISMATIC POWDERS 10 Minutes at 350°F
Black MATTE BLACK, Item 93306 Harbor Freight 400°F for 15-20 mins
after flowout
Yellow 10292 Mirror Yellow Eastwood Company 400° F for 20 mins
after flowout
Donate for "General Supplies" via PayPal: bit.ly/ppmstuff
Or, leave donations in a black payment box, or use a QR code.


Red Tags

If equipment needs repairs, place a Red Tag on it and report it via the Pikes Peak Makerspace Slack channel #red-tags-issues
This advises others on the malfunctioning equipment and ensures that actions can be taken to service/repair the equipment promptly.
For more information, review our New Member Orientation wiki page.

Member Showcase

For even more member projects, visit our #showcase channel on Slack, or follow our social media links.

Related Pages

Links to related PPM Wiki pages:

  Metal Shop — Sandblasting Cabinet  
  Metal Shop — CNC SHOPMASTER  
  Metal Shop — Welding Area  
  Metal Shop  
  Wood Shop  
  Vented Room  
QR Codes

Hand-Curated Links

Links to member-recommended external sites:

When Powder Coating Jobs Go Wrong — on ifscoatings.com
Powder Coated Household Items — on Pinterest

For Additional Help

Use the PPM Slack channel #powder-coating or #metal-shop
List of all PPM Slack channels
Note that we have a Slack channel (#job-board) for members to post, discuss, or accept job opportunities either within PPM or from the community.

PPM Tool Color Map — Interactive

Search the PPM Wiki — include Content pages as well as Multimedia.

Contact Us if you cannot find your answer here on our Wiki or if you notice any info that is outdated.

Pikes Peak Makerspace (PPM) is dedicated to supporting our maker community in their creative processes by providing shared space, shared tools, materials, software and a knowledge base to turn their ideas into reality.