Plastisol Dip Coating: The Basics
Plastisol dip coating is one of JSC’s many service offerings, but what is it, and when should it be used? Let’s talk about it.
What is Plastisol Dip Coating?
Plastisol is a PVC-based compound that is liquid at room temperature, but becomes solid through heating and curing. Plastisol dip coating is the process of applying plastisol to a product in order to produce a rubberized finish. The process involves three steps. First, we preheat the product in question; next, we dip it in liquid plastisol; then we cure it. We can control the thickness of the resulting finish by adjusting the temperature at which the part is preheated—the higher the temperature, the thicker the coating will be. At JSC, we specifically stock Polysol’s Black Gloss Vinyl Dip, which you can learn more about here.
The Benefits of Plastisol Dip Coating
Plastisol dip coating provides a range of benefits, including:
- Durability: Plastisol is extremely tough—completely resistant to chipping and abrasion—which makes it excellent for high-impact applications and for preventing general wear and tear.
- Soft Feel: A plastisol finish has a soft, rubbery texture that makes it perfect for coating things like tool handles, where creating a comfortable grip is a priority.
- Corrosion and Chemical Resistance: Plastisol is not susceptible to corrosion or harsh chemicals.
- Noise Reduction: Plastisol has superior noise-dampening properties.
- Electrical Resistance: Plastisol is a great insulator with high dielectric strength, and is thus well suited for a variety of electrical applications.
Plastisol Dip Coating Applications
Thanks to its many useful properties, plastisol dip coating is used on a variety of products. At JSC, we often apply plastisol dip coating to tool handles, but it can also be used on medical instruments, electrical connectors, plumbing fittings, and much more.
Plastisol Dip Coating in Indiana