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High Schooler Develops Powder Coatings Venture

Friday, March 29, 2019

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A high school student living in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, began his venture into the world of powder coatings with plans to coat his four-wheeler. Now, he runs his own business custom-coating tumblers, and has been doing so since 2016.

Within a year, 17-year-old Daikon Iverson has sold 1,000 insulated metal drinking tumblers, which are most often used to promote a business, mark a special occasion or simply create something decorative. Having been in business since mid-2016, Iverson Custom Coatings has sold 2,000 tumblers to date.

WI Powder Coatings Business

In custom coating the tumblers, Iverson uses a Cricut machine to cut a sheet of vinyl to reproduce a requested design—something he's made himself or something a customer sends him. From there, Iverson applies the vinyl—which functions in a similar manner to masking tape in painting—uses wax and oil remover to get rid of any fingerprints and, finally, buffs it.

The high schooler’s powder coating process involves a powder gun and a tumbler that has been grounded through a wire. Any excess powder that found its way inside the cup is wiped away, and from there, the tumbler is placed in a kitchen oven preheated to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Halfway through the cooking process, using a timer and infrared thermometer, Iverson times when he can safely remove the cup and carefully remove the vinyl. The cup is then put back in the oven to finish curing.

Since October 2016, Iverson has also moved on to coating larger projects, including metal parts on his ATV. He has coated snowmobile frames, antique metal lawn furniture and tackled other projects as well. To address these larger projects, Iverson designed and built an oven larger than a refrigerator, using scrap metal, insulating materials, heat-resistant paint and other various materials.

Drew Seveland, who is responsible for overseeing the Eau Claire Area School District’s youth apprenticeship and work-based learning program, of which Iverson is a participant, told the Leader-Telegram that he plans on taking Iverson to Global Finishing Solutions, a company that manufactures paint booths.

Iverson will begin studying mechanical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in the fall, and hopes to eventually work for a car manufacturer.

“I just absolutely love the mechanical side of things,” he said.

Those interested in supporting Iverson’s work can do so through his business Facebook page.

   

Tagged categories: Business operations; Coating Application; Coating Materials; NA; North America; Powder coatings

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