Engineering Coatings

Thermal spray applications for engineering coatings in the automotive and transport industry

Engineering coatings are commonly defined as a coating that alters the surface properties of the item being sprayed. This could be a coating to decrease the wear rate of an item or to act as a thermal barrier coating.

Engineering coatings are also commonly used to restore the physical dimensions on worn items to reclaim/repair them.

In a typical engine, thermal spray or laser clad coatings can be used to repair crankshafts; produce hard wearing valve seats; prevent cylinder bore wear; coat piston rings to make them harder wearing; re-surface cylinder heads, repair camshaft bearings and re-surface clutch pressure plates.

Another long-standing application is the coating of wear areas on gearbox synchro-ring selector forks.

In the railway industry, train points are metal spray coated as well as re-claiming worn axle bearings and wheel mounts.

An increasingly common application is the spraying of ceramic thermal barrier coatings onto exhaust manifolds. The thermal barrier coating helps to keep exhaust temperature within the exhaust system and hence reduce the temperature within the engine bay which can give significant performance enhancement, particularly in performance and motorsport applications.

Below is a small selection of the very large number of potential automotive and transport industry engineering coating applications. If you don’t see your exact application but are inspired to see the possibilities that may assist you, please feel free to reach out to us by phone or email.


Case Studies


Woof Develops Plasma Ceramic Coatings Range

Reason for use: Thermal barrier coating of exhaust components Download PDF Metallisation customer, Woof Thermal Management Technology, has applied well proven plasma ceramic coatings technology to high performance automotive applications, to provide highly effective thermal barriers in extreme conditions. Related Products Met-PCC(PLAS) View Product Metallisation Ceramic Coatings Woof Thermal Management Technology, based in Bradford, West Yorkshire, provides premium specialist coatings and engineering services to industry and end users. The plasma ceramic coatings range has been developed for the nuclear industry,…

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Application Data Sheets

The Reclamation Of Clutch Pressure Plate Faces

The reclamation of clutch pressure plate faces

Reason for use: During use, the clutch pressure plate will wear and form heat cracking on its operative face taking it below acceptable tolerance. Download PDF Related Products Arcspray 528E(16)-ICC View Product Arcspray 340(16)-PLC View Product Arcspray 145/S345-CL View Product Further Reading The reclamation of clutch diaphragms springs The reclamation of pressed steel clutch levers by flamespray The reclamation of pressed steel clutch realease levers by arcspray Clutch pressure plate casting faces have been reclaimed by the arcspray process for…

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Thermal spraying of piston rings

Thermal spraying of piston rings

Reason for use: To produce a low friction coating, dimensionally stable throughout it’s working life. Download PDF Related Products MK61-FS Wire Flame View Product Met-PCC(PLAS) View Product Further Reading Introduction to Thermal Spray and Engineering Applications Thermal Spraying Stands the Test of Time – The Forth Road Bridge A piston is defined as a ‘cylindrical piece moving to and fro in a hollow cylinder as in engines or pumps’. To seal the gases during the compression and work strokes of…

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Thermal Barrier Coating Onto Exhausts Systems

Thermal Barrier Coating Onto Exhausts Systems

Reason for use: Widely used on modern aero engines and land based turbines. Applied to vehicle components to reduce heat transfer and improve vehicle performance. Thermal Barrier Coating (TBCs) are ceramic materials which are widely used on modern aero engines and land based turbines. They can also be applied to vehicle exhausts, turbocharger casings, heat shields and other vehicle components to reduce heat transfer and improve vehicle performance. Heat soak from hot exhaust systems transfers into other vehicle components causing…

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