Common Issues with Powder Coating

For the right users, powder coating can be a marvelous way to add style and protection to favorite pieces of metal. Industrial, commercial and residential clients praised the sturdy finish and robust coloring of powder coating from the moment it was developed all the way back in the 1960s. In recent years, environmental concerns have elevated the powder coating process, because it is kinder on the environment than a traditional paint job.

With all that in mind, it’s essential to understand that, for all its benefits, powder coating may not be the right choice for every project. Here are some of the most common powder coating issues in Washington.

Using multiple colors at once is tricky

More often than not, the powder used in a project is expected to be collected and reused at a later date. As a result, when your project involves using several colors, the process of switching color, mid-project can be complicated and time-consuming.

That said, for items like industrial machinery or patio furniture, one color is often just fine anyway.

Powder coating is thick

There’s no such thing as a thin powder coating project. It’s virtually impossible to put a layer onto a metal piece that’s less than 6 mm thick. At that point, powder coating ceases to go on smoothly.

If, for whatever reason, you require a protective layer that’s 5 mm or less, you should consider other options.

Limited material application

One of the most restrictive powder coating issues in Washington is the materials to which a powder coating can later be applied. It’s perfect for steel, stainless steel, glass, fiberboard and a handful of other materials. Beyond those materials, however, powder coating can’t be applied to any material that’s vulnerable to high heat.

Curing large objects requires energy

Smaller pieces should see effective curing after just a brief time in an oven. When you’re adding a powder coating layer to larger objects, however, the amount of energy required to heat the object can be considerable. This can make powder coating on larger objects harder to accomplish than a simple paint job.

The cost can be prohibitive

Over the course of several years, a powder coating job will stand up to wear, tear and weather without a problem. In the short term, however, the application of powder coating can seem expensive. Powder coating application costs more because the process requires specialized equipment and more setup than a traditional paint job. That said, the initial price difference could prove intimidating.

The best powder coating has to offer

The best way to overcome the majority of the issues powder coating can cause is to hire a team with decades of experience and a commitment to customer service. In Washington, that means getting in touch with Powder Vision Inc. Since 1997, our knowledgeable team has helped residential, commercial and industrial customers apply sturdy, beautiful powder coating to motorcycles, patio furniture, city signage and so much more. We’ve gained a reputation for quality because we approach every job with the same level of skill and passion. That’s our promise to you. Give us a call today. We can’t wait to hear from you!