Business Reviews

IHD Powder Coating

Written by  March 31, 2006

Three months ago I was in need of a powder coating company that would not only deliver a fine quality product but also have it ready when they promised it would be done. So I was tasked with servicing a customer of mine and was completely lost in regard to where to go to have his wheels done. My customer only wanted a high-gloss black finish—not too tough, but it can be if you have not found a shop that has great reviews from word of mouth or just getting lucky.

So I did what almost everyone has had to do at one point or another, I looked in the Yellow Pages! I called IHD Powder Coating of North Kansas City and the rest is history. I spoke with Nathan Finney and he just simply said if we can hang it on the hook, we can coat it.

IHD Powder Coating has recently added a batch powder coating operation including a new batch oven, coating booth and now offers aluminum oxide blasting with the addition of a 20’ x 12’ blast room. “The installation of the new equipment was necessary to keep up with demand and shorten turn-around time,” noted Arell Wasson, Executive VP and Operations Manager. “It also enables us to expand our service options by handling larger and heavier parts. It has increased overall production capacity and allows us to process multiple colors and smaller orders much more efficiently.”

This equipment has been added to the conveyorized system installed in 2004 which includes a 3-stage washer, infrared dry-off and curing ovens and a paint booth that can handle parts up to 60”H x 32”W x 16’L. “We are constantly juggling our production schedule to meet the day-to-day demands of our customers,” noted Nathan Finney, Paint Shop Manager. “The additional equipment gives us more flexibility and makes it easier to meet the JIT needs of our customers.” IHD has also acquired a new delivery truck and offers pick-up and delivery services to their customers.

The company operates in a 55,000-sq-ft. facility with 20 employees. IHD is a full-service distributor of industrial component parts. The powder coating division serves numerous industries including material handling, truck equipment, architectural, recreational, automotive, office furniture, restaurants, retail fixtures, and general industry for OEM’s, custom fabricators, and individuals.

When I made my initial appointment to bring in the wheels, I was truly impressed with the large area and cleanliness of this facility. I have been in numerous painting facilities, and they are either dirty or just plain smell like methyl ethyl ketone so much that you can hardly breathe. Not so at this place. It was clean and organized. Nathan had told me in advance to remove all of the wheel bearings so this would not contaminate the new finish when it was in the oven at 400 degrees above Fahrenheit. Nathan also reminded me to use a low flash solvent to clean all excess grease and oil from these wheels; this will ensure that before prep this will not soak back into the metal.

Once the items that you want powder coated have been sandblasted and all old paint has been removed, they will be washed and all dust is then removed. At this point they are ready to apply the powder resin onto the parts that have been prepped. The negative charge will attach to the bare metal and this will hold up when in the baking process. After the baking process the newly coated items once cooled can be put back into service and be used immediately. So that is where they can give a quicker turn-around time on the frames, wheels and race chassis that they are currently coating on a day-to-day basis.

Nathan Finney and Arell Wasson are committed and strive for customer service and they are always happy to give you a tour and explain the process of this great corrosion-resistant process that gives long-lasting shine and appearance. They also have recently taken on a high-end production local wheel manufacturer to powder coat under the tightest of manufacturing guidelines with zero defects to be offered in the retail market.

So when you have had enough of that chipped, dull paint that bothers you every time you look at it, give Nathan a call and see what they can do for you. Their prices are very competitive so make your appointment now for a free estimate!

Below is the contact information to schedule an appointment with Nathan:

IHD Powder Coating Services, Inc.
1201 Burlington
North Kansas City, MO 64116

Phone: (816) 221-9700
Fax: (816) 221-9701
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

By Dave Miller


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