In a previous blog we talked about DaRo’s use of the powder coating process and how it differs from conventional liquid spray paint finishes.
But what are the main advantages of using powder coating? Here is a list of some of the key benefits.
Liquid finishes contain solvents, which release pollutants, known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These can be harmful to the environment and to people working in the vicinity, so require costly pollution controls.
Powder coatings contain no solvents and release miniscule amounts of, if any, VOCs, and so are less risky and more environmentally-friendly.
Powder coating is used to create a hard finish that is tougher than conventional paint. It is resistant to scratches and chemical corrosion and is applied to thousands of products including tough industrial machinery and household items that are used day in, day out.
Efficient and lower costs
There are efficiencies that come with the powder coating process that result in lower operating costs that, ultimately, can be passed onto the customer. One key factor is how little waste there is in the powder coating process. Any unused powder that does not adhere to an item can be recovered and reused, meaning waste and therefore disposal costs are minimal. This chimes with our ambition to work in the most efficient and sustainable way possible.
Nicer, more even finish
With items that have been powder-coated there are generally fewer discrepancies in the appearance of horizontally-coated surfaces and vertically-coated surfaces compared with liquid coated items. Powder coatings can produce much thicker coatings than conventional liquid coatings without the finish running or drooping.
There is a huge colour range of powder coatings and a vast array of finishes from matt, and satin to gloss, metallic and a variety textures. Functional properties can be anything from anti-graffiti to anti-bacterial.
Speed of application
Unlike conventional paint jobs that often require two coats, powder coating normally only requires one coat. A powder coating also takes less time to cool than liquid paints take to dry, so help speed up the production process.