What is Powder Coating?

Powder coating is an advanced method of applying a decorative and protective finish to a wide range of materials and products that are used by both industries and consumers. The powder used for the process is a mixture of finely ground particles of pigment and resin, which is sprayed onto a surface to be coated. The charged powder particles adhere to the electrically grounded surfaces until heated and fused into a smooth coating in a curing oven. The result is a uniform, durable, high-quality, and attractive finish. Powder coating is the fastest-growing finishing technology in Australia representing over 10% of all industrial finishing applications.

What are it’s advantages?

  • Durability

    Powder coating gives consumers, businesses, and industry one of the most economical, longest-lasting, and most colour-durable quality finishes available. Powder coated surfaces are more resistant to chipping, scratching, fading, and wearing than other finishes. Colour selection is virtually unlimited with high and low gloss, metallic, and clear finishes available. And colours stay bright and vibrant longer. Texture selections range from smooth surfaces to a wrinkled or matte finish, and rough textures designed for hiding surface imperfections.


  • Environmentally friendly.

Powder coating is also highly protective of our environment. While liquid finishes contain solvents which have pollutants known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), powder coating contains no solvents and releases negligible amounts, if any, of VOCs into the atmosphere. Thus, there is no longer a need for finishers to buy costly pollution control equipment. In addition, most powder coating overspray that does not adhere to the part can be retrieved and reused, virtually eliminating the waste commonly found in liquid finishing processes.


  • Saves Money

Elimination of VOCs and reduction of wastes saves money and helps companies comply more easily with Government environmental legislation. In fact, one of the major elements in expanding the market for powder coating has been the implementation over the past 30 years of stringent air pollution control legislation.

Where is Powder Coating Used?

  • Thousands of products and parts are currently powder coated:
  • Appliances
    The appliance industry benefits from powder coating on front and side panels of ranges and refrigerators, washer tops and lids, dryer drums, air-conditioner cabinets, water heaters, dishwasher racks, and cavities of microwave ovens. Powder coating has also replaced porcelain enamel on many washer and dryer parts.
  • Automotive
    The automotive industry uses powder coating on wheels, bumpers, hubcaps, door handles, decorative trim and accent parts, truck beds, radiators, filters, and numerous engine parts. A clean powder topcoat has been developed to protect auto bodies. BMW and Volvo are using it on their new model cars, and GM, Ford, and Chrysler have formed a consortium to test this technique on their production lines.
  • Architecture/Building
    The architectural and building market powder coats aluminium extrusions used on frames for windows and doors and modular furniture. Many highway and building projects use powder coating on light poles, guard rails, signs, posts, and fencing.
  • Everyday Products
    There are also innumerable everyday uses for powder coated products such as lighting fixtures, antennas, and electrical components. Farmers have powder coated tractors and farm equipment. Fitness buffs use golf clubs and golf carts, ski poles and bindings, snowmobiles, bicycles, and exercise equipment that are powder coated. Shop owners have powder coated display racks, shelves, store fixtures, and vending machines. Office workers use metal furniture, computer cabinets, mechanical pencils and pens, thumbtacks, and other desk accessories that are powder coated. Parents have powder coated baby strollers, cribs, metal toys, and wagons. And home owners have lawn mowers, barbecue grills, patio furniture, garden tools, electronic components, bathroom scales, tool boxes, and fire extinguishers which benefit from a powder coated finish.

What Can Be Powder Coated?
Powder coatings are now used on thousands of parts and products, and ongoing technological breakthroughs are expanding the list every day. Here are some of the powder coated products you see all around you:

  • -Appliances
    -Gas and electric ranges
    -Refrigerator doors and shelves
    -Washer tops and lids
    -Dryer drums
    -Water heaters
    -Barbecue grills
    -Vacuum cleaners
    -Kitchen mixers
    -Lawn mowers
    -Fertilizer spreaders
    -Chain saws
    -Garden tools
    -Garden tillers
    -Hammock & swing stands
    -Landscape luminaries
    -Mosquito Magnets
    -Patio heaters
    -Patio umbrellas
    -Window trim
    -Door handles
    -Windshield wipers
    -Steering wheels
    -Engine blocks
    -Oil/air filters
    -Shock absorbers
    -Valve covers
    -Brake assemblies
    -Trailers and hitches
    -Truck & rv windows
    -Luggage racks
    -Mirror brackets
    -Truck seat frames
    -Auto bodies
    -Buildings/Homes/ Construction
    -Air-conditioner cabinets
    -Gas/electric furnace cabinets
    -Aluminium doors/windows
    -Shutters and louvers
    -Bathroom fixtures
    -Hand and power tools
    -Metal Gates
    -Fire extinguishers
    -Satellite dishes
    -Escalator steps
    -Metal fencing
    -Water pumps and tanks
    -Propane tanks
    -Metal gutters
    -Guard rails
    -Spa Covers
    -Structural steel
    -Irrigation pipes
    -Highway signs
    -Exterior staircases
    -Patio furniture
    -Bunk beds
    -Coat racks
    -Drapery rods
    -Kitchen tables/chairs
    -Folding chairs/tables
    -Cribs and playpens
    -Metal cabinets
    -Office partitions
    -Hospital beds
    -A/V furniture & equipment
    -Filing cabinets & systems
    -Library furniture
    & equipment
    -Miscellaneous Metal Products
    -Playground equipment
    -Bicycle frames/wheels
    -Bingo cages
    -Croquet hoops
    -Espresso carts
    -Flight simulator products
    -Golf carts and clubs
    -Ski poles and parts
    -Exercise equipment
    -Metal toys and wagons
    -Computer frames/cabinets
    -Desk accessories
    -Electronic equipment
    -Pay phones
    -Performance platforms
    -Steel drums
    -Strong boxes
    -Vending/ice-making machines
    -Petrol pumps
    -Pool Fencing
    -Basketball hoops
    -Fishing lures
    -All-terrain vehicles
    -Aquatic enclosures
    -Detention furnishings
    -Smoking receptacles
    -Saddle stirrups
    -Hunting decoy chairs
    -Heraldic shields
    -Livestock cages & equipment
    -Laboratory incubators
    -Wind turbines
    -Railroad signal arms
    -Water coolers

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