Benefits of Industrial Powder Coating

Are you looking for a better alternative to liquid paint or other technique to provide a protective, decorative finish for your metal products? If so, powder coating deserves careful consideration. Powder coating is an increasingly popular dry finishing process that entails the application of a thermoplastic or thermoset polymer material via electrostatic spray deposition. Industries that rely on powder coated finishes include appliances, automotive, consumer products, pharmaceutical, and construction.

Examples of the numerous powder coating benefits include:

  • Improved Performance: A powder coated finish is highly resistant to chipping, fading and scratching, and offers excellent corrosion protection. Unlike paint, a powder coating will not drip or run. The coating will be completely dry 15-20 minutes after curing, while paint can take several hours or even days to dry. The coating is also twice as thick as most paints and is more durable.
  • Environmentally Friendly: Powder coatings contain no solvents and release negligible amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the atmosphere. Unlike many paints, powder coatings are non-flammable and free of carcinogens. This makes them safer and more environmentally friendly to use than liquid paints. Because it’s possible to recycle the overspray, powder coatings produce less waste that would otherwise end up in landfills.
  • Aesthetic Appeal: Powder coatings are available in a wide range of colors, enabling you to achieve the ideal look for your products. You can also choose from an assortment of textures — everything from smooth or wrinkled to metallic or glossy.

Are there any Disadvantages of Powder Coating?

While the powder coating benefits outweigh its disadvantages, there are specific situations where it might not be the best option. For instance, powder coating does not work well with rubber products, as the curing process may cause the rubber to melt — powder coating works best on metal surfaces. While powder coating is more efficient than painting for covering wide surface areas, it is more difficult to recoat powder coatings than paint.

However, it is possible to overcome many of these drawbacks through careful planning of a powder coating project. For example, using 3D modeling to visualize the components can prevent the need for cutting or welding after powder coating. Engineers who understand how to design products for final assembly can also anticipate and overcome the obstacles that could limit powder coating results.

Contact Lane Coatings for All Your Powder Coating Needs

At Lane Coatings, powder coating is the primary focus of your business — it’s been that way for more than 30 years. Our modern, fully equipped 65,000-square-foot facility can accommodate powder coatings projects of all sizes. And with our fast project turnaround times, you’ll be able to keep up with your tight production schedules. We also make quality control a top priority — you’ll get a durable powder coated finish that will protect your products and maintain their attractive appearance for years to come.

Feel free to contact us to learn more about the benefits of powder coating and determine whether it’s the best choice for your finishing needs. We’ll also be happy to provide a no-obligation project estimate.

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