Powder Coating vs Painting: What to Choose

Powder coating vs. painting

Powder coating vs painting

One of the most common questions we are asked is: What is the advantage of choosing powder coating over painting?

Here’s the answer.

What is Powder Coating?

Powder coating is dry powder that comes in thousands of shades and colors. It is applied to a product’s surface. It adheres due to an electrostatic charge being applied to the powder and the product your powder coating being grounded.

Powder coatings tend to be applied in heavier coats in comparison to paint. After application, we cure powder coating in an oven. This completes the application process and helps protect the surface.

The powder can be made of any number of products: polyester, polyurethane, polyester-epoxy, straight epoxy, and acrylics. The powder coating finishing process yields a thick, hard finish that is tougher than conventional paints. Powder coating is commonly found on household appliances and automobile parts.

The Advantages of Powder Coating over Liquid Paint

Powder coating may be chosen for application over liquid paint for one key reason: durability. If powder coating is applied by an expert applicator, its heavy coat makes it more resilient to scratches, weather, and related issues.

This makes it ideal for automotive parts finishing, architecturalpowder coating vs painting rims uses and outdoor furniture and railings, for example. It’s also become popular on the restoration of vintage radiators for its longevity.

In addition, powder coating has a smaller impact on the environment. When applied, it is not exhausted into the air which makes it less harmful to the atmosphere. The powder can also be recovered and reused if a powder recovery booth is used.

When to Choose Paint vs Powder Coat

With all the benefits of powder coating, paint has its advantages. It tends to be less expensive initially, especially with larger parts. Paint can also achieve a finer finish than powder coat. Liquid paint can be touched up as well, which makes it easier to repair.

Additionally, certain types of appearances can be hard to achieve with powder coatings like metallic coatings compared to liquid, which is why automobile body finishes are generally not powder coated.

What is best for your application?

Deciding between powder coating vs. liquid paint can be a difficult decision. Feel free to to consult with us and we can help you consider all of the possibilities with special detail to the needs of your company, your customers, and your product.

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2 thoughts on “Powder Coating vs Painting: What to Choose

  1. I never knew that powder coating is more durable than liquid paint. My husband wants to get powder coating done on his car because he doesn’t like the current color of it. I’ll make sure to pass this information along to him if he decides to hire a coating service.

    1. Hi Kate:

      Thanks for your comment and your interest in American Dry Stripping. While true, powder is one of the most durable and environmentally friendly coatings available today it is not for all applications. One of those applications where powder is not recommended is for the exterior of cars. Many components under the car exterior can be powder coated but the “skin”, is thinner gauge metal and generally will not withstand the cure cycle temperature for powder finish. Automotive paint is generally (depending on the color) is a more brilliant show than powder. Hope this helps. Its only a few reasons for selecting automotive paint for you car but not an exhaustive list. You can always call us if you have more questions

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