Liquid powder coating can have many benefits when it comes to coating metal, plastic, or glass. Not only can it give you a professional finish, but it can be both decorative and functional.
What Are Powder Coatings?
Professional powder coating is the process of applying thermoset or thermoplastic powdered material to a surface. It is then melted and allowed to dry into a hard protective outer coating. Liquid powder coating can also be applied to parts that have already been preheated, this allows the powder to fuse to the surface upon contact. Once it is cooled, the final product is smooth to the touch and highly durable.
Liquid powder coatings are available for a wide array of materials such as metals, glass, and plastics. The finishes can serve both a decorative and functional purpose that can be hard to come by when simply using traditional liquid methods.
The Benefits Of Liquid Powder Coatings
- Durability. This process creates a longer-lasting, harder finish, that is both decorative and protective. Powder coatings are capable of resisting exposure to chemicals, moisture, and extreme weather conditions. They can also be resistant to chipping, fading, scratching, corrosion, and average wear and tear. Because of these factors, powder coating is prefect for high traffic or abrasive areas.
- Specialties. Powder coatings can be applied onto a range of metal and non-metal materials all in varying colors, finishes, textures, and thicknesses. This range is something that is not easily achieved through other means. Powder coatings can provide these benefits due to their natural thickness, as opposed to pure liquid types, and their ability to be evenly applied without running or dripping. The inherent thickness also helps cut down on the time it takes to reach the desired thickness, as fewer passes are needed to build a strong solid layer. Powder coatings can also be created for specific color designs and protective needs. Finishes can range from glossy, metallic, flat and satin, while textures can be either matte, rough, or wrinkled. All of these customizable options help make this type of coating highly specialized.
- Eco-Friendly. When compared to standard liquid coatings, this type doesn’t require harmful solvents to maintain suspension. Solvents that contain VOC can be detrimental not only to the environment but to those who come in contact with it. Because powder coatings don’t require solvents, they emit no VOCs throughout the entire process, making them safer for everyone.
- The Process. Powder coatings also require a much shorter processing, curing, and drying time than standard liquid coatings. Overall, the process itself typically requires only ten minutes to fully cure. Once the part is cool to the touch, it can be put together and shipped out. Overall this saves both time, effort, and money throughout the entire process.
- Utilization. When using a powder coating, nearly all of the material is utilized. This helps reduce waste during the process, as any overspray that isn’t contaminated back be recycled for future use. If you’re looking to get the most out of your coating, this is the best way to do so.
Liquid powder coatings have several benefits when it comes to useful application. When compared to the standard liquid coatings, they are not only more eco-friendly, but they are more durable and capable of lasting longer though even the harshes conditions. If you are looking for a dependable coating, consider these benefits and if they would be right for your project.