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Powder coating, not paint: Increase your steel’s lifespan

Powder coating is a popular alternative to paint that serves many benefits that paint cannot. While the two coating methods may seem similar, powder coating has numerous benefits compared to paint. We cover what powder coating is and what benefits it brings. We will also explore why powder coating is better than paint, and its relevance for various industries.

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What is powder coating?

Powder coating is a process that involves applying a dry powder to a metal surface. The powder is sprayed on the surface with a spray gun, and the fabrication is then cured in an oven under a high temperature to form a tough, durable skin. It can be applied over galvanized metal to make it even more durable.

Like paint, powder coating is used for protecting the material underneath, and enhancing the steel’s visual appeal with a wide range of possible textures and colours. However, powder coating is superior to paint as it is cheaper, quicker, more durable, and more environmentally friendly.

Benefits of powder coating

Powder coating offers several benefits over traditional paint, including:

Durability: Powder coating is more durable than traditional paint. It is resistant to chipping, scratching, and fading, leaving the fabrication looking nicer for longer. Because powder coating reduces how often the steel needs to be treated, maintenance becomes cheaper overall.

Time-saving: Paint needs several days to dry after it has been applied. It also needs multiple coats to achieve the desired result. In contrast, a powder coat can be completed in one sitting and has a quicker drying time. This means you get your fabrication back quicker and spend less time waiting.

Environmentally friendly: Powder coating is an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional paint. It produces less waste, and the powder can be recycled. Additionally, paint contains toxic solvents that damage the environment. The powder coating solution does not contain toxic solvents and is safer for operators to apply, provided the correct PPE is used for the job.

Versatility: While paint and powder coatings are both available in many colours, powder coating also comes in a wide range of textures and finishes, including metallic, glossy, and matte. This versatility allows for greater customization and design options.

Cost-effective: Powder coating is a cost-effective alternative to traditional paint, thanks to its increased durability and recyclability. It is also less labour-intensive, meaning your service provider can complete the job for a lower price.

Powder coating for steel

Powder coating is beneficial for steel in a wide range of industries. The automotive industry can benefit from powder coating as it can coat everything from cars and trucks, to motorcycle parts and trailers. It can also be used in the aerospace and marine industries to coat aircraft parts and marine equipment.

The construction industry can coat structural steel, fencing, gates, and other building components. Similarly, it is also used in the architectural industry to coat window frames and doors. Powder coating is most beneficial for industries that require a durable, long-lasting coating that can withstand harsh environments. It is ideal for increasing the visual impact of your metal and helping it stand out. You can view our photo gallery if you’d like to see some examples.

Powder coating is a durable, versatile, and cost-effective alternative to traditional paint. It offers several benefits, including greater durability, customisation options, and environmental friendliness. Powder coating is relevant in a wide range of industries and is most beneficial for markets that require durable, long-lasting coatings that can withstand harsh environments.

Joseph Ash Galvanizing can powder coat your steel fabrications. Contact us today for a quote or to book a collection.

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