360 degree video tour in Van Raam paint shop

Would you like to know how and where the Van Raam special bikes get their environmentally friendly powder coating? Watch our 360 degree video in the paint shop. Control yourself in which direction you want to look.


Video: 360 degree tour in Van Raam paint shop

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Powder coating at Van Raam

In the paint shop, which covers an area of 1,350 square meters, Van Raam's special bicycles are powder-coated in RAL colors by approximately ten man in two, paint booths. One of the painting lines works automatically and applies the primer to the frame in the other the paint and top coat are applied by hand.

Powder coating at Van Raam
An employee is powder coating a Fun2Go frame

Powder coating is an electrostatic coloring process. Powder coating is done after blasting (in production) where the frame is positively charged. The powder is negatively charged and therefore attracted to the positively charged frame.  

Good to know: Approximately 220 frames are powder coated per week.

How does a Van Raam bike get its color?

It is attempted that first all frames of the same model are sprayed in the same color one after the other e.g. all (RAL 7026) granite gray Easy Rider.  
Are all bicycles provided with the color and there are still other bicycles which need this color? Now all bicycles which should get that same color are sprayed. Most of the bikes get 3 coats of powder:

  1. A primer
  2. The desired RAL color
  3. A top coat/clear coat. The clearcoat can be a gloss or matte paint.

Video 360 degree tour in Van Raam paint shop
The Van Raam paint shop

For the primer that means the undercoat, the frame goes through a scanner so the system knows which frame is coming. Here 6 nozzles are set. This is done automatically. There is still someone present who extra "sprays" places that cannot be reached by the machine. The paint layer and the top coat are sprayed on completely by hand.

Powder coating at Van Raam in the oven
Van Raam bicycle frames on the hook

Van Raam frame in the oven

After each coat of paint, the frame goes into the oven at 200°C. Here the powder melts in the heat. There are two different lanes in the oven.

The frame stays there for 30 minutes, up to 20 hooks can hang in the oven (2 sides 10 pieces per side).

The frames that come out of the oven go to the heat recovery zone and cool there. They also heat up the next series of frames coming into the oven to 80°C. The frames from the oven go to the heat recovery zone to cool down to 30°C before the next powder coating is applied or before they leave the paint shop for assembly.

The bicycle frame after powder coating
Powder coated bicycle frame from Van Raam

The production system indicates on which hook the frame will be hung in the paint shop. The "painter" knows from the same system what color the frame will be. There are a total of 75 hooks from which frames and bicycle parts can be hung.  

Powder coating of parts in the Van Raam paint shop.
Employee powder coating a tandem bike

Environmentally friendly Van Raam powder coating

The powder, which is sprayed onto the frame at high pressure, temporarily sticks and is then melted in an oven. This unique powder coating process not only makes the powder partially reusable but also solvent-free and produces less hazardous waste than traditional paints. When powder coating, we try to waste as little powder coating as possible to be environmentally friendly.

Van Raam RAL Colors

RAL-colors

Each Van Raam bicycle has its own standard RAL color. Find out what standard colors our bikes have in the article "Default colors for Van Raam bikes". Optionally you can have your bike powder coated in one of the possible RAL colors of your wish. In this way it is possible to personalize your bike according to your taste.

Color of your choice

More 360 videos from Van Raam?

See also the Van Raam production in our 360 degree video and learn more about how we make the bike frames.

Production in 360 degrees