Two part epoxy coatings were developed for heavy duty service on metal substrates and use less energy than heat-cured powder coatings. These systems provide a tough, protective coating with excellent hardness. Some epoxy coatings are formulated as an emulsion in water, and can be cleaned up without solvents They are often used in industrial and automotive applications since they are more heat resistant than latex-based and alkyd-based paints. Epoxy coating is done by following ASTM standard A934 and ASTM A884.
Enamel paint is a general term used for paint that dries to a very durable, hard finish. It is an excellent choice for painting pieces that will be used outdoors or will otherwise be subjected to heavy wear, such as doors, stairs, chairs, and trim. Enamel paint should not be confused with porcelain enamel which is made from fired, powdered glass. Enamel paint is a more general term that refers only to the hardness of the finish, and can apply to both oil- and water-based paints. MKB Engineering specializes in Enamel painting of metals following ASTM Standards F1178-11.