Why Powder Coat instead of Paint?
"What is powder coating?"
Powder coating is applying an electrostatically charged dry powder to a metal object, which is then heated to temperatures up to 400+ degrees to fuse into a protective and colorful layer with many benefits.
"Why do you powder coat instead of conventional paint?"
Powder coating provides better performance than wet paint—it is more resistant to chipping, scratching, and other wear because of the thermal bonding it undergoes during curing, and because it is layered about 2-3 mils thick with each coat. In addition to its physical toughness, powder coating provides superior color retention. It is also a much longer term solution than painting. Powder coating is also available with additives for additional rust and corrosion resistance. Powder coating is the solution for the most demanding environments. Powder coating is also most commonly cheaper than conventional painting because of the different type of prep/curing process required.
"What can you powder coat?"
The answer is fairly simple. Any type of metal can be powder coated. Steel, aluminum, brass, titanium, and any other type of alloy can be powder coated. Some examples are architectural framing, chassis components, engine parts, alloy wheels, steel/aluminum railing, and even the old patio furniture that has a little rust and needs a face lift. Wood, fiberglass, and plastics are NOT however able to be powder coated as they are unable to withstand oven temperatures and are not conductive enough for powder to attract.
"What kinds of colors can you powder coat?"
The possibilities are truly endless. Standard RAL colors, metallics, candies, flourescents, anodized, and designer finishes are all solutions. Textures, Veins, and hammertones are performed with powder as well.