Powder Coating has been available in North America since the middle of the 20th century. At Aegis Industrial Finishing our goal is to match the requirements of your job to the right coating system that meets or exceeds your expectations.
While some may falsely claim that powder coating is indestructible, it is still one of the most economical and durable coating systems available in the market today. Even compared to a comparable liquid system, powder coatings hold an advantage in ease of application, speed of turn around, and reduced environmental impact.
Following are some of the questions you should ask as you consider powder coating for your project. Select a question below to reveal the answer.
Where will the coating be used?
The environment that your project is going to serve in will have an impact on how the coating will perform. A bad coating in a controlled environment can last almost indefinitely if it is never touched or exposed to temperature changes. But that same coating placed outdoors may not last a year when put to the test.
How long will it last?
If the only purpose of the project is to have something look good for 3 months, the coating system will rely more on aesthetics than function. Conversely, if the coating is to act as a functional barrier to corrosion but never see the light of day, then surface preparation and coating selection will be the main consideration.
What about moisture, salt water, fog, pollution etc?
The proximity of your project to any of these or other factors can have an impact on the long term performance of the coating system. Depending on the specification you have for your project (or if you are in the middle of developing the specification), our partnership with leading coating manufacturers can help you make the right choice in coating system.
What about direct UV exposure?
Depending on the powder coating you choose (or are simply given), it may or may not maintain its color and gloss when exposed to direct sunlight.
If the coating fails, what is the cost of remediation?
What is the cost of repair or replacement if the project fails due to coating failure and/or corrosion? Often times the end user hears powder coating and assumes that it will last forever. When coatings fail prematurely due to application error and/or incorrect coating choice – the cost of repair far outweighs the initial cost of doing it right the first time.
What is the cost to maintain the coating?
If you bought a vehicle and never washed it, you would not be surprised if the clear coat began to peel and rust began to show through the wheel wells. Powder coating is no different. The benefit, however, is that in most cases the initial repair cost after an installation is markedly lower due to the durability of powder over most liquid coating systems.