Powder Coating vs Painting

When finishing all manner of metal surfaces, there tend to be only two main choices for getting the best colouring in place. Traditional painting, on one hand, has been a staple option for many years. Powder coating, on the other hand, is growing in popularity for many reasons. However, the main difference between the two is solvent – in that powder coating doesn’t have it. Painting, however, does – and this really is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the differences.

In this quick head to head, we’ll take a look at the differences between the two options, and which might be your best choice moving forward.

Ease of Use

When finishing metal, you’re likely going to want to make sure you get your colour sprayed and in place sooner rather than later. However, painting any kind of metal can be a fairly intricate process, and sometimes, you are going to need to put the time in to apply more than a few coats.

With powder coats and coating, you can generally expect your paint to adhere to the surface fairly quickly. In many cases, powder coating can be over and done with fairly swiftly. This means you only ever have to apply a single coat, and it’s in place and dried before you really know it.

Performance and Durability

When it comes to performance, powder coating wins. Metal in all kinds of machinery and vehicle bodies is going to go through a lot. That’s why you need a coating and colouring solution which is going to give you maximum durability. Paint, unfortunately, can have a habit of flaking away over time, and much more quickly than powder coating. The best powder coating products are meticulously tested so that they provide incredible endurance in all environments.


Cost is an area where paint may win though. However, it’s still worth examining both sides of the argument. Yes – paint may be cheaper than powder coating on face value, but as it needs more coats, and as it is more likely to wear down and flake off quicker, it may not actually be the most cost-effective solution.

Powder coating, while a little pricier at the point of sale, offers the best value for money over time. It needs less maintenance than with painting and basic paint coating, meaning that when you invest in powder over paint, you are paying for much more endurance. That, as you can imagine, pays for itself.

Which is Best?

In most categories, powder coating is the best option. It is more durable, easier to apply, quicker to dry, and better value for money in the long term. It is also more environmentally friendly than paint, for the most part, making it a more responsible choice too.

A variety of metal spraying needs can be catered to with powder coats, even though paint may traditionally be used. Why not make a change and try powder instead – you may find that you save yourself time, money, and hassle.


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