Is Powder Coating Durable?
Powder coating can last a long time compared to other coating techniques, as it is resistant to cracking, peeling, chipping, rust and damage due to chemical exposure. Powder coating isn’t indestructible, but it is highly durable while retaining high colour and gloss quality, and is a far more environmentally friendly option over liquid paint.
The powder coating method provides superior coverage compared to other finishing methods such as paint, as it coats the material it is being applied to. Powder coating can be applied, baked, and cured in a matter of minutes depending on the material it is being applied to, and creates a protective layer which can hold up against even the harshest of elements.
Rusting of a vehicle is a good example of how damage can lead to corrosion unless it is immediately dealt with. For example, a car with a powder coated bumper travelling at high speeds will encounter stone and rock chips. Once the protective powder coating has been penetrated, moisture from the air and weather will be able to get underneath the finish and form rust.
Another great advantage of powder coating over wet paint are the variety of ways you can fine-tune and rework a powder coated finish. If there are any imperfections with a finish, there are ways to bring it back to the perfection it had before. For example, sanding and buffing the powder finish can eliminate surface defects.
In the automotive industry, sometimes hoods and panels which need to have a mirror-like defect free finish will be sanded and buffed to achieve this look. The sooner the powder coating is buffed after being cured, the easier it is to work with and achieve the required finish.
It is important that any dents or damage, no matter how small, are dealt with if you care about the look and health of your vehicle’s exterior. Contact us today to see how we can help you.