Uralac® Ultra

Uralac® Ultra

The powder of possibilities

Wet paints - a thing of the past for Austrian furniture maker

Austrian furniture maker Finima uses powder coatings such as Uralac® Ultra for their furniture. When Walter Schweiger, owner of the specialist furniture maker Finima by Schweiger GmbH, found out about the benefits from Uralac® Ultra to the environment he was very interested in the product. “ In the past we used a manual spray gun, loaded with wet paint, but the smell, dust and noise of this process is very unpleasant. On top of that there is untold harm to the environment. So when I found out about powder coatings and their non-toxin nature I was very interested indeed.”


“There are many benefits in powder coatings. First and foremost, they are totally toxin-free,” says Schweiger. “No solvents or any other VOCs are involved. So we get immediate benefits for our employees. More than that, our furniture products now have another competitive advantage. When we tell customers that our coating materials and processes have a much lower impact on the environment, it creates a positive impression and in many cases a strong preference.”




“The second most important reason for using these coatings is the superb surface appearance. Not surprisingly, for a specialist furniture maker, aesthetics is a top priority for us, so we are very happy that this one-layer coating looks superb. And, ‘because it is highly durable and water-resistant it goes on looking superb for a long, long time. Another important benefit for us is that it gives us complete creative freedom in design shapes and edge profiles.”




Everyone seems to be delighted with the new powder coatings. The Finima company now has a faster coating process, which is also more reliable and robust. Finima’s employees have a much more pleasant work environment. And Finima customers feel more socially responsible. In addition, the public at large do not need to contend with the environmental pollution associated with traditional wet painting processes. “We know that our customers are certainly happy with the end product because many of them keep coming back for more.”

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Frequently asked questions

How is it possible to spray powder on standard “non-conductive” MDF?

For the application of the powder, the moisture in the MDF is used for conductivity. A moisture content of 4-to-8 percent of weight is sufficient to attract the powder.

Is special MDF needed for powder coating?

For the application of the powder, the moisture in the MDF is used for conductivity. A moisture content of 4-to-8 percent of weight is sufficient to attract the powder.

Can I use my existing powder coating for metal oven for curing MDF powder?

Most of the conventional curing ovens are convection ovens but the best results for MDF are reached with infrared radiation (IR) ovens. With IR ovens, the surface of the MDF can be heated up quickly to cure the powder coating, while the core of the MDF stays relatively cool. With convention ovens, the temperatures are often too high or the core of the MDF heats-up too much because of the longer time needed to reach the curing temperature.

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