Most of the info here on Whatispowdercoating is aimed at the newcomer, but we know that many traditional wet paint shops are looking at powder as a viable alternative. But can powder really make the grade? We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. For those of you already in the finishing world, here are the top reasons how powder can help your finish:
- Powder coated parts are generally more resistant to scuffing and marring, so handling-related damage to the finish is reduced.
- Powder coated finishes can usually provide better single-pass coverage than conventional liquid coatings without risk of imperfections
- Powder coated products generally have fewer and less noticeable differences between horizontally coated surfaces and vertically coated surfaces than liquid coated items.
- Powder coating processes can produce much thicker finished coatings than conventional liquid coatings without running or sagging.
- The thermal bonding process used in powder coating results in a more durable finish than conventional wet spray painting. As the part cures, a seamless coating is locked in place.
- Challenging areas, such as the sharp edges of fabricated parts, are easy to cover with powder coating.
- Specialized finishes and specialty effects(such as veining) that may be difficult or impossible to achieve with wet painting are often easily accomplished with powder coating.
- Powder coating media is now available in a staggering array of colors and textures. Specialty powder coatings are now available such as non-skid or pebbled finishes, metal flakes, pearlescent finishes, and chrome.
Another important concern is cost. Powder media is generally cheaper than wet paint for the raw media. You will spend far less for storage and waste treatment. Since it’s easier to apply and easy to fix mistakes prior to curing, you’ll spend less labor getting the perfect finish. As some operations can benefit from reclamation, recycled powder can save a lot in the long-term. And finally, the equipment to run the operation is more energy-efficient than the wet paint counterparts.
Taken all together, not only can powder provide many more options for you and your clients with better coverage and more durability it can also cost much less to operate. So why aren’t you powder coating?