What Are the Different Types of Powder Coatings?

More manufacturers are turning to powder coating to protect the finish and enhance the appearance of their metal. Powder coating is better for the environment than liquid paints and can also reduce overall production costs. You’ll get a tough, durable finish that will allow you to improve the quality of the products you provide to your customers.

Exploring the Many Different Powder Coatings

While you may already be aware of the numerous benefits, you might not know as much as about the distinct types of powder coatings. With so many different powder coatings available, it’s easy to find one that meets your unique finishing requirements.

There are two general powder coating categories:

    • Thermoplastic: Thermoplastic materials melt and flow when heated, although they will maintain their original composition during cooling and solidification. Nylon is the most common thermoplastic used in powder coating applications.
    • Thermoset: Thermoset powder coatings also melt when heated. However, unlike thermoplastic materials, thermoset coatings cross-link during curing, which alters the chemical composition.

Examples of thermoset powder coatings include:

    • Polyester: Polyester is the most common type of powder coating applied in U.S. manufacturing applications due to its versality and exceptional value. Polyester powders offer suitable mechanical, chemical and impact resistance. One of the biggest advantages of polyester powder coating is its curing temperature low, which makes it the best choice for working with heat-sensitive substrates.
    • Epoxy: While polyester powder coatings may be the most popular thermoset materials, epoxies were the original. Epoxies offer an ideal combination of hardness and durability, along with exceptional corrosion resistance. They also provide excellent adhesion to metals, particularly when used with pretreatment processes. On the downside, epoxy coatings don’t always hold up well to weather and can degrade over time.

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Lane Coatings Can Help You find the Right Type of Powder Coating for your Project

At Lane Coatings, we have the knowledge, resources, and facilities to provide the ideal powder coating solution for your company. We have extensive experience working with all types of powder coatings, and we will be happy to recommend the best solution for your applications and budget. Powder coating is our company’s primary focus, so we can deliver exceptional quality and the fast turnaround times you need to meet your customers’ expectations.

Contact us to learn more about the different powder coatings and how they can benefit your manufacturing processes. We can also provide a no-obligation project quote.