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Powder Coating vs Painting

1st February 2018   |   Knowhow

If you’ve ever wondered how powder coating differs from painting, we can tell you that the main difference between a conventional liquid paint and a powder coating is that the powdercoating doesn’t require a solvent to keep the binder and filler parts in a liquid suspension form.

Because powder coating doesn’t have a liquid carrier it can produce thicker coatings than conventional liquid coatings without running or snagging. Powder coating has the added benefit of also emitting far fewer volatile organic compounds (VOC) into the atmosphere which is great news for us all. It also allows for several colours to be applied before curing them all together allowing colour blending and bleed special effects in one single layer. Powder coatings are tougher and more durable than wet paint and less likely to chip or peel.

What is Powder Coating?

Powder coating is a type of coating that is applied as a free-flowing dry powder. The coating is typically applied electrostatically and is then cured under heat to allow it to flow and form a ‘skin’. Powdercoating is used to create a hard finish that is tougher than conventional paint. As a result powder coating is mainly used for coating metals such as retail fixtures and fittings, household appliances, aluminium extrusions, cars and bicycle parts. However, newer technologies allow other materials such as MDF to be powder coated using different methods.

Why does JC Metalworks have electrostatic powder coating in-house?

Well to put it simply, it’s all about quality control. When we first started we would outsource our powdercoating – sometimes very successfully and sometimes less so. We wanted to carry the great quality we were producing with our metalwork through to final finished item and so we decided to bring it in-house.

That was 14 years ago and now our powdercoating department takes up over 10,000 square feet of space here at our factory in Loughborough and has 13 dedicated staff working on it across two shifts! We now powder coat products for our retail and HVAC clients including;

  • Retail fixtures and fittings
  • Storage racking
  • Products such as Van Vault
  • POS and POP
  • Clothes rails, wall bays and gondolas
  • Air conditioning equipment
  • Heaters
  • Radiators
  • Ventilation
  • Enclosures

For more information about our powder coating services please have a look at our powder coating page here on our website:

Alternatively give us a call and come in to see us or give us the opportunity to show you what we can do.