All About Powder Coat Paint
Powder coating is a finish process that’s been around for awhile, and it’s been used bikes, lawn furniture, motorcycles, wheels, and occasionally entire autos. Powder coat paint does produce a “luster-free” finish, which is a plus if that’s what you’re looking for. What is powder coat and how does it differ from other paint finishes? Powder Coating Application: Using an electrostatic process, dry powder is spray-applied to the metal surface, unlike other vehicle paints, which are applied in a liquid state. Dry powder application means no solvent is needed. Advantages: Because it’s dry and not liquid, it doesn’t run, so thicker coats can be applied. That makes the finish more durable and resistant to chips and scratches. It also provides good coverage for imperfections. Powder coatings are also either zero VOC or low VOC, which is an environmental plus. Disadvantages: It can only bond to metal, so that limits its application. If any areas of your car aren’t metal (some newer mirrors aren’t, and most bumpers and trim aren’t either), powder coating isn’t going to produce a good result. It’s also very expensive. Caring for Powder Coat: Powder coat paint can be washed and handled the same as traditional painted surfaces; it needs no special treatment. Powder coating is an option some vehicle owners consider when faced with repainting their vehicles due to chips and scratches. While it can provide a unique and durable finish, there may be other solutions you’d like to consider, such as spot chip paint repair, which can help restore your car’s original finish by treating only the chips and not the entire auto. It could be far less costly. SkipChips has 3M-certified technicians who use a unique, patented process to repair small paint chips and scratches using a multi-coat finish and factory-matched paint. The outcome? Seamless, undetectable repairs without the need for a repaint of an entire section. Contact SkipChips today. Not in the Minneapolis metro area? Schedule SkipChips to come to you.