The painted standard demonstrates conditions of painted surfaces that meet Xometry’s quality standards. The examples included below showcase parts that meet this standard and others that do not meet this standard.
Xometry’s Painted Surfaces Cosmetic Standard
- Painted surfaces shall be consistent and continuous in the finish.
- Painted surfaces shall be free of visible machining marks, scratches, abrasions, dust particles, fisheyes, orange peel, or bare metal.
- Painted surfaces should be reviewed against this standard at a distance of 18 in. at 1X magnification.
When painting a surface, take care to ensure that the surface is clear of contamination and foreign object debris that may affect the quality of the painted surface. Painted surfaces are cosmetic and the workmanship will be clearly visible to the end customer. Painted surfaces should be carefully inspected before shipping part(s) to the customer. Contact Xometry’s Case Management team with any concerns by selecting “report an issue” in the portal for the job in question.
Meets Xometry's Quality Standard
At a distance of 18” there is no inconsistency or discontinuances in the finish. There are no machining marks, scratches, abrasions, dust particles, fisheyes, orange peel, or bare metal showing. This is a surface that the end customer sees.
Does Not Meet Xometry's Quality Standard
Orange peel texturing on a painted surface is not permissible and does not meet this workmanship standard. Take care when setting up your sprayer to prevent orange peeling.
Paint sag on a painted surface is not permissible. When painting a surface, ensure that optimal application techniques are used. Paint sag may occur when the paint gun is held too close, the air pressure is spraying too low, the surface was not properly cleaned before painting, etc.
Dust particles that are larger than 0.030” may not be visible on a painted surface and are not permissible for this workmanship standard. Take care to clean the surface before painting and apply paint in a reasonably clean space to avoid dust contamination.
Inconsistency in color is not permissible and indicates poor workmanship. Take care to sufficiently mix the paint color and paint the surface using consistent application techniques.
Fish eyes should not be visible on a painted surface. The surface should be thoroughly cleaned before applying the paint and any risk of contamination during paint application should be avoided.
Overspray is not permissible and should be prevented during application. Take care to cover surfaces at risk of overspray when painting specified surfaces. Use appropriate techniques to prevent overspray.