When comparing powder coating to traditional paint application, powder coating is superior in almost every way. They both serve similar roles and can be considered two means of achieving the same end: to protect objects and provide a professional-looking finish. Developments in technology have given rise to powder coating, which is quickly replacing traditional paint applications when it comes to applying professional finishes to cars, furniture and other items. Here are a few comparisons between powder coating and paint that will explain the ways in which powder coating is superior to paint, and why it is becoming increasingly popular.
Powder coating lasts longer than paint does. If you take two similar objects and apply a powder coating to one and a traditional paint coating to the other, the powder coating will last up to 10x longer than the paint coating. The powder coating will still be looking good long after the paint has chipped and faded away.
This is one area in which paint might outperform powder coating. This is primarily because it is possible to mix colors to create new ones. Since powder coating consists of small, colored particles, they cannot be mixed to create new colors. However, as time goes on, more color variations are being created, and even now there is a large enough selection of powder coating colors to meet most needs.
Both paint and powder coating protect items against damages, with rust, erosion and scratches being the most common damaging factors. While paint does a good job of protecting surfaces from being damaged, powder coating has been shown to protect them more thoroughly for longer amounts of time. When a painted object is dented, the paint will likely chip away, whereas when a powder coated object is dented, the powder coating bends with the object, which ensures a complete coverage even after the object is misshapen.
The application process for paint and powder coating is essentially the same: you simply spray the coating onto the material. However, the application process does differ in a few subtle but important ways. First of all, powder coating usually provides a more even and complete coat than paint does. Secondly, mistakes made while powder coating are much easier to correct because all you need to do is blow the particles off and start again, whereas paint will need to be removed via sandblasting or a chemical treatment.