Advantages of powder coating
Powder coatings have a high-quality finish.
During the powder coating application, the charged powder coating particles automatically level themselves to a certain degree. This reduces the risk of uneven coatings that can easily occur when applying a liquid coating. Furthermore, powder coatings are not susceptible to running or dripping. This also decreases the possibility of uneven coatings.
Powder coatings require fewer layers than many liquid coating systems. This helps prevent the possibility of a powder coating having defects between layers.
Powder Coating gives consumers, businesses, and industry one of the most economical, longest-lasting, and most color-durable finishes available.
The emergence of Epoxy Powder Coatings, or Zinc Rich Epoxies, is giving industrial consumers the option of Powder Coating projects where UV or corrosion resistance is critical.
Powder Coated surfaces are also more resistant to chipping, scratching, fading, and wearing than other finishes. Color selection is virtually unlimited with high and low gloss, metallic, and clear finishes available, and colors stay bright and vibrant longer. Texture selections range from smooth surfaces to a wrinkled or matte finish, and rough textures designed for hiding surface imperfection.
Protects the enviroment
Powder Coating is an environmentally friendly coating process.
While liquid finishes contain solvents which have pollutants known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), Powder Coatings contain no solvents and release negligible amounts of VOC’s into the atmosphere. Overspray and unused material is easily and safely disposed of in ordinary landfills as there are no solvents or chemicals involved.
Of particular importance to us is also that the work environment is safe and worker friendly. Due to the fact that there are no solvents, this means there is no odor. Powder Coating materials are removed from skin using soap and water, rather than harsh chemicals that irritate the skin.
Safe for the operator
One of the most important advantages of powder coating materials over liquid coating materials is that they can be much safer for the operator.
Applying a powder coating typically requires an operator to wear a dust mask and safety goggles. However, many powder particle types do not emit any fumes. This means that as long as they are not being accelerated, they are relatively harmless if they are not inhaled or ingested. This is very different from paints that have volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or other solvents in them, because these chemicals can cause serious respiratory and neurological damage if inhaled excessively.
Liquid coatings can cause irritation or chemical burns if they contact the skin. Furthermore, these solvents can be quite flammable, resulting in the risk of explosion or burns. Powders do not cause burns when placed in contact with skin, and powders almost always do not require the use of flammable solvents.
Elimination of VOCs and reduction of waste saves money and helps companies comply more easily and economically with environmental regulations.
In fact, one of the major elements in expanding the market for Powder Coating has been the implementation over the past 30 years of stringent air pollution control legislation.
The fact that Powder Coatings are 100% solids and that the transfer efficiency is significantly better than liquid finishing processes means that more product lands on the parts being coated. Unused product is taken from the hopper, re-packaged, and returned to the storage shelf to be used another day. Less overspray, less waste, and less effort means we all save money.