Powder coating is a type of painting that’s quickly gaining ground in the manufacturing and industrial sector for metal and other applications—and it’s a process that’s experiencing tremendous growth because of its high-quality appearance, reduced environmental impacts, and durability.

Even though this method is quickly gaining popularity, we’ve encountered several questions from customers, and we thought we’d answer some of the most frequently asked questions about powder coating:

What is powder coating?

Powder coating is a dry finishing process that has become very popular in North America since its introduction over 40 years ago. Powder is used on a wide array of products, and represents over 15% of the total industrial finishing market. You’ll sometimes hear powder coating referred to as “dry painting.”

Are there different types of powder, or paint?

There are different powders available to fit your product’s needs:

• Outdoor durability
• Indoor use
• High-temp
• Low cost
• And more

What types of jobs will Out of the Blue consider?

Small, large, custom—we will not overlook anything. We welcome all kinds of projects! We’d love to hear about your latest project plans—head to our Contact Us page to drop us a line.

What makes the powder coating “stick”?

There are two keys to making powder coating stick. The first part is pretreating each piece to make sure that dirt and anything else that might affect the powder coating is removed. For the actual coating, there’s a process that occurs with the attraction between charged particles. The charged particles fuse together, creating a coating that is more durable and have a higher quality than traditional painting. After the powder is applied, it’s baked in a specialized oven, and the coating melts around the metal.

How durable is the powder?

Very durable—in fact, much more durable than traditional wet painting. As it takes more energy to put powder coating on, it’s takes a considerable amount of effort for it to flake off.

What are the color or textures options with powder coating?

Absolutely. There are unlimited colors when it comes to powder coating, and there are many different types of textures as well.

What are the benefits?

There are several benefits to powder coating over “wet painting.” Liquid finishes (traditional wet painting) contain solvents, which have pollutants known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Powder coating doesn’t contain solvents, and have very little, if any, VOCs that are released into the atmosphere.

This reduced impact on the environment is just one part of the benefits for consumers and companies—equally important is the simple fact that powder coating is higher quality and better looking than wet painting. And, it’s easy on your wallet. Unlike wet painting, powder coating doesn’t need several coats—and as it is more durable than traditional paint, it will save time and money in having to repaint down the road.

What types of Industries typically utilize powder coating?

Many items we see in our everyday lives have been treated with powder coat paint—brackets and fasteners for a variety of equipment, lamp posts, agricultural and construction equipment, benches and other seating, and even the paint on motorcycles and ATV’s. For a better idea of the breadth of items you can use in conjunction with powder coat paint, head to our Industries page.


Contact us to get your questions answered or let’s get into the details – powder coating is what we know.