Do Different Powder Coatings Have Different Textures?

Powder coating is frequently used in the manufacturing world for a variety of industrial and agricultural applications because it provides outstanding durability and reliability in the finished part, not to mention an improved appearance. Powder coating protects parts and surfaces against weathering, abrasion, corrosion and chemicals, and can do so for a long period of time.

As you go through the process of planning your powder coating job in Washington, you’ll be able to select the colors and textures you wish your coated product to have. There is a wide range of powder coating textures you can choose from, and your choice will depend on both personal preference and the kind of application you’re using the coating for.

Here’s some information to consider as you’re planning your next project.

Choosing a powder coating texture

Most of the time, these textures are used for aesthetic reasons. It might be that the client just wants something that will stand out, or something that will complement other parts or machinery where the coated part will be placed. However, there are some cases in which the texture could be used to hide a defect in the substrate, or a substrate surface that simply doesn’t look good. In this way, the use of texture in the powder coating can be both aesthetic and functional.

Powder coats come in a wide range of colors, textures and gloss levels. You can find high-gloss, semi-gloss, matte and flat finishes, plus textures like wrinkle, hammertone, metallic, glimmer, antique, vein, fluorescent and many more.

When choosing the right powder coating texture (and color) for your finished product in Washington, you should consider the following questions:

  • What are you using the finished product for?
  • In what type of environment will the finished product be used, and what sort of conditions will it be exposed to? Think weather, extreme temperatures, potential chemicals, moving parts, abrasion, etc.
  • What are your preferences for texture, gloss or color?

There are several different kinds of powders that can be used, each of which can also influence the available types of textures. Powders could be thermosets or thermoplastics, and each of those categories has its own subcategories of powders. Given the sheer number of combinations of powders, colors, textures and glosses, if you have specific needs, it’s best to talk to a powder coating specialist before beginning your job and get some advice from them about what they would recommend for your specific application. It’s important that you thoroughly investigate your options beforehand so you do not waste time and money and end up with a product that does not meet your needs or preferences.

Are you interested in learning more about the available types of textures you can use in your powder coating application? We encourage you to contact Powder Vision Inc. for more information about powder coating textures and colors, and we will be happy to answer any questions you have about the services we provide to our Washington clients and the wide range of finishes and appearances we can help you create for your project.