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What is Powder Coating?

Powder coating is the process of coating a surface in which a powder material is applied using an electrostatic or compressed air method, or sometimes a fluidized bed.  The applied powder is then heated in an oven to its melting point, after which it flows to form a smooth film which dries to a firm, durable finish resistant to scratches, cracking, peeling, UV rays, and rust.

Advantages of Powder Coating

Because of the specialized method with which powder coatings are applied, all types of powder coating provide a durable, uniform, and attractive finish. All powder coatings are decorative and protective, and different formulations of powder coatings are available to provide extra protection from ultraviolet rays, corrosion, abrasion, and chemicals. Some types are even approved for use by the FDA in food-grade applications. They also provide good electrical insulation and can also have special characteristics like electrostatic discharge.

Powder Coating: The Coating of Choice

Powder coating has become the coating of choice for consumer goods from lawn mowers, bicycles, and lawn furniture and office furniture, to kitchen appliances and automobiles. Powder coatings are available in an amazing assortment of decorative colors and textures to stretch the limits of the most imaginative designer; the application options are virtually endless. Powder coating is now the fastest-growing finishing technology in North America, representing over 15% of all industrial finishing applications.