After everyday use or wear-and-tear, our household items reach the stage where they begin to show age and the color starts to fade or chip away. Now you need a refresh.
This begs the question: should I paint or powder coat my bike (or do other projects)?
If you have an appreciation for quality then it’s worth considering the magic of powder coating!
What surfaces can powder coatings be applied to?
Powder coating services are most commonly used for industrial equipment. More specifically, metal products.
However, powder coatings can be applied to non-metal materials such as wood, glass, and plastics.
If you didn’t know already, thousands of products we use daily have a powder coat finish. Powder Coating is a high-quality finish that serves a vast number of industries. Some examples of these products include bikes, vehicles, and household appliances.
This coating is resistant to cracking and peeling and provides high abrasion, chemical, and corrosion protection. Powder coating is applied as a dry powder, using an electrostatic process.
The powder adheres to the metal surface and is then cured under heat to provide a durable finish. It offers an excellent balance of properties, including good wear resistance, corrosion resistance, and chemical resistance. Stites Manufacturing also provides a wide range of colors and finishes that can be customized to meet your needs.
With more people becoming environmentally conscious, it is an increasingly popular choice for both small and large businesses alike.
Are Powder Coatings Durable?
One of the main advantages of powder coating is that it is corrosion-resistant and the ‘skin’ can last for years. This makes it an excellent investment for your favorite products. It’s also resistant to fading and chipping and rust and corrosion.
There are 3 essential steps to the coating process:
1. Clean the product
2. Spray the product
3. Baked in heat to create a ‘skin’
The process is that simple, and it only requires one coat as opposed to traditional paint which usually requires more than one. Here’s a quick but helpful video to check out to get a more visual idea.
Indoor vs. Outdoor Applications
There are different types of powders you can use for different projects. Epoxy is excellent for indoor applications because it does not fare well against the sun.
Meanwhile, polyesters offer more flexibility because of their chemical and UV resistance.
Hybrid powder coatings are also available which can be made by mixing epoxies and polyesters.
Powder Coating is more environmentally friendly than traditional paint
Besides its other advantages, powder coating is environmentally friendly because it doesn’t produce harmful pollutants or solvents. Not only that but anything not used in the process can be recycled for a different project.
Over time, your items won’t produce VOCs, which are harmful chemicals usually produced by traditional paint over time. This proves that powder coating can save money in the long run, as well as reduce the amount of pollutants that are released into our air.
Powder coat finishes are some of the best when it comes to metal fabrication. You will be blown away by what powder coatings can do for your items – don’t miss out on how great they really look in person.
If you’re in the market for powder coating services, the experts at Stites Manufacturing have you covered!