As opposed to paint coating, powder coating is a form of coating that is achieved by the use of a dry powder. Normally, the powder coating doesn’t explore the option of using solvents that is usually compulsory for paint coatings. The use of heat is mandatory for powder coating since the heat causes the dry powder to flow over the surface of the object being coated. Generally, powder coating has a number of benefits over the conventional liquid paint coating as we shall discuss below.
Firstly, the powder coating doesn’t require the use of solvents and it therefore doesn’t release the much volatile organic compounds into the environment. The volatile organic compounds are in most cases high potential pollutants which degrade the environment. When less pollutants are available in the coating, it implies that the environment is less polluted and therefore safe for habitation. In addition, industries dealing with powder coatings have no worries of installing pollution management equipment and this saves them the cost of production. Owing to this, these industries can focus their resources on other meaningful processes.
Secondly, with powder coatings, a tougher and a thicker skin can be attained as opposed to the use of paint coatings. The advantage of having a thick and a tough coat is that the object being coated is protected from external factors that could lead to it wearing out easily. Furthermore, a tougher coating rarely requires any replacements to be done on it and this reduces the costs of production. The appearance of the coated object is also maintained since there is less abrasions to be done on it since no coat replacements are required.
For powder coatings, it is also possible to come up with more design patterns than can be possibly achieved when conventional paint coating is used. This versatility of the powder coating stretched the creativity of the designers to come up with unique patterns that serve to satisfy the more needs of the clientele.
Lastly, powder coatings require less curing periods as opposed to the liquid paint coating processes. In the case of the liquid paints, the curing process has to be done by the use of natural elements such as cold air flowing over the coated object and this process is unregulated and slow. The sole aim of blowing cold air over the coated object is to cause the paint to dry and adhere to the surface of the coated object. For powder coating however, the curing process is usually regulatable and can be induced by the production team in order to force a quicker curing process which eliminates unnecessary time losses in the production cycle.