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THERMAL SPRAY DECODED What you need to know about the process and the companies that do it for you. 4 Can any part or material be thermal sprayed? 5 Whats the difference between a non-thermal spray part and a thermal spray part? 6 Is one thermal spray source as good as the next? Can any part or material be thermal sprayed? In short, any material that can be melted can be sprayed by thermal spraying. Depending on the variation of thermal spray, material can be heated in a gun up to as hot as 14,000 C. However, the benefit of plasma HVOF spraying is that these high temperatures stay inside the gun, transferring very little heat to the substrate itself. Substrate temperature rarely exceeds 300o C so coatings can be applied with little to no pre- or post-heat treatment while component distortion is minimal. With plasma and HVOF spraying, coatings can be applied to thermal sensitive substrates like low melting point metals and plastics. What is the difference between a thermal