Introduced to North America in the 1960s, powder coating represents over 15% of the entire industrial finishing market, and is lauded for both its functionality and sleek aesthetic. It is available in a vast array of colors and textures, making its decorative capabilities virtually infinite in possibilities. But what is it, exactly?
Powder coating is a finishing process with essentially a similar result as liquid paint, but that is applied as a dry powder through a process called electrostatic spray deposition (ESD), typically onto a metal surface. This method is executed through the use of a spray gun. After the powder coating is applied to the given surface, the parts enter a curing oven in which the heat reacts to create a hard finish that is much more durable than traditional paint.
Powder coating is applied on thousands of different products we see and use every day— automobiles, household appliances, bicycles, and so many more. Because of its unique chemical process, it can protect all the items it coats— from the bulkiest machinery to the sleekest motorcycles. In addition to its phenomenal practical quality of durability, powder coating provides an attractive finish that rivals that of liquid paint. The glossy finish from the coating is more likely to withstand physical deterioration over time due to use, UV light, moisture, chemicals, extreme weather conditions, etc. Ultimately, powder-coated products can withstand the test of time for much longer, with less fading, chipping, corrosion, and scratches.