Three Reasons to Powder-Coat Your Stainless-Steel Fabrications Rather than Paint Them

When it comes to customizing stainless-steel fabrications for things such as mining equipment fabrication, you are generally presented with two options, paint or powder coating. While paint seems to be the more common choice, this doesn't necessarily mean it's the best choice. Powder coating can offer your business a number of advantages that aren't necessarily available with paint. Familiarize yourself with these benefits to see just why you should consider powder coating for your fabrication needs.

Enhanced Longevity

As a business owner, a key component of protecting your bottom line is your getting the most use out of the equipment and materials you use. The longer these items last, the less frequently you have to pay to replace them. Longevity ultimately saves you money. Powder-coating your stainless steel fabrications can help push your organization closer to this goal.

Powder coating creates somewhat of a protective barrier over the steel that makes it more resistance to damage from everyday use and even environmental elements such as moisture. This protection can help prevent corrosion and other forms of damage, increasing the longevity of your fabrications.  

Safer Than Paint

If you're looking for a way to customize your fabrication, consider powder instead of paint because while the two products typically produce the same results, one is better than the other when it comes to protecting the steel and your employees. Powder coating is free many of the VOCs and solvents generally found in paint.

Over time, as your steel is exposed to the harmful elements, it can start to deteriorate. Additionally, particularly when a fresh coat of paint has been installed, fumes from these elements can affect the air quality in your work space. Powder coating comes without these risks and is inherently safer than paint.

Increased Color Durability

Compared to paint, fabricated items enhanced with powder coating generally maintain their appearance in terms of color longer than selections that are painted. First, the adhesive qualities of powder coating are stronger than those of paint, making it harder for the powder coating to chip or even peel.

Secondly, a powder-coating application is often less impacted by environmental concerns, such as prolonged exposure to the sun. With paint, long-term UV-ray exposure can cause fading. However, with a powder-coating application, this is less likely to occur.

Make sure you aren't overlooking the benefits that powder coating can offer your business when it comes to customizing your stainless steel fabrications.