Most people are fans of do-it-yourself projects. Not only are they manually rewarding, allowing you to celebrate a job (hopefully) well done, but they are often financially rewarding as well. Many times, an experienced handyman can finish his or her own high-quality projects at a lesser price than had they paid for a professional to get the job done. And while there are a lot of projects that people can reasonably do themselves, there are others that are usually best left to the professionals. Powder coating falls in the latter category. Here, we’re going to talk about why it’s best to have your items professionally powder coated, and we’ll also discuss a few things to consider if you’ve been thinking about trying it on your own.
Why Professional Powder Coating Is Best
We’ll start out by discussing the goals of every handyman: to do high-quality work for a lesser price. Like we said, for many projects, reaching those two goals can be a reasonable and easy thing to do. When it comes to powder coating, however, it’s not that simple. Our experience has shown us that a professional job will almost always be better and less expensive than a do-it-yourself job. Here’s why.
We Have Years of Experience
When it comes down to it, powder coating is difficult. It requires knowledge, skill, experience, technique, and a lot of patience to really master. Here at Full Blown Coatings, we have spent years acquiring all of those things and are confident in our ability to do a good job every single time, guaranteed. Additionally, the equipment we use is professional and high-quality, which enables us to create beautiful pieces of work that are superior to any do-it-yourself project.
We Save You Time and Money
Because we have the expertise and equipment to do a good job, when you choose to have us powder coat your items, we will end up saving you both time and money. As we said, it takes a lot of time and money to be prepared to do a good job powder coating. If you’re serious about doing it yourself, you’ll need to be willing and able to invest both of those things into your passion. If you’re simply looking for a few items that you want to apply a beautiful and durable finish to, leaving it to the professionals is your best bet.
What to Consider Before Powder Coating Yourself
When done correctly, powder coating is a gorgeous finish that protects items for years to come. When done incorrectly, however, it can ruin the item, take a long time, and cost you a lot of money. We’re not saying it can’t be done, but we want you to recognize and prepare for the risks before you attempt to give it a shot. If you’re still sold on the idea of doing it yourself, here are a few things you should know.
- Oven Size. This one is fairly obvious, but if you’re planning on powder coating large objects, you’ll need an oven big enough to accommodate them. For smaller objects, the powders are non-toxic, so curing them in your oven is okay.
- Cost. Powder coating kits can be expensive—especially if you’re looking to buy a professional one. Additional costs include the powders (you’ll have to invest in a new powder for every color you want to use), replacement parts, and the cost of repairing or replacing any metal parts that you try and fail to powder coat.
- Skill level. Powder coating is a fairly simple process, but it’s not as easy as it looks. It takes a lot of time and practice to get the hang of it, so when you’re just starting out, don’t expect to get an even coat or to cure your item without disturbing the powder on your first try. With enough practice, however, you’ll get the hang of it!
- Time. Especially if you’re new to it, powder coating can take a while. When you factor in all of the time you’ll spend preparing the item, setting up the equipment, getting an even coat, curing the item, and cleaning up your project, you’ll quickly realize that powder coating is a serious commitment.
Need Something Powder Coated? Call Us!
If you have decided not to powder coat your belongings yourself, give us a call today. We will be happy to give you powder coating advice, give you a quote, and provide you with a professional powder coating job. We stand by all of the work we do and are certain that you will be pleased with our service!