5 Reasons to Use Powder Coat Paint on Your Metal Enclosures

March 2, 2022

Should you powder coat your metal enclosure? If this question is top of mind, then you’ve come to the right place to help you get your answer; we’re going to cover five benefits of powder coat paint on metal enclosures:  

  • Durability 
  • Efficiency
  • Variety 
  • Versatility 
  • Eco-Friendly 

Let’s dive in. 

Durability    Did you know that powder coat paint can be 4-10 times thicker than traditional wet/ spray paint?  If you are looking for a finishing solution that lasts, powder coat paint may be for you. Powder coat paint has shown to be more resistant to fading, rust, chipping, scratching, abrasions, corrosion and overall signs of wear than wet paint. Pre-treatment also enhances powder coat performance. Pre-treatment, typically iron phosphate, helps the powder coat layer serve as protection for your enclosure. The pre-treatment reacts with the metal, and the chemical reaction turns the metal surface into a protective layer that helps the powder coating adhere better and prevent corrosion. With a much tougher coating, your product can withstand the elements better than wet paint. Because of its durability, powder coat paint is an ideal finish if your product is in a high traffic indoor area or outdoors. 

Efficiency

Time is money, and the powder coat paint process is extremely efficient. With a fast application process, easy cleanup and minimal waste, your product gets to you faster. Any overspray can be recycled, allowing for almost no product loss. With powder coating, there is also less of a chance a part will be rejected due to paint issues because it doesn’t drip like wet paint. Powder coating is also extremely easy to clean; no need to purchase harsh solvents or cleaners. With enhanced efficiency, your project can be manufactured and at your dock quicker than before.

Variety
Variety
 

You don’t just want a durable enclosure; you also want a great-looking enclosure. You may think this is great and all, but can I get a color that matches my brand?  Powder coat paint is available in thousands of different colors, from utility green to sunshine yellow. You can also choose to have more than one color on your product if needed. There are also multiple finishes available to give your product the look and feel you need, including glossy, satin, clear and iridescent.  

Versatility 

Powder coat paint can be used for outdoor and indoor enclosures for its ease of use, color options and eco-friendliness. Powder coating can be applied to a wide variety of metals such as stainless steel, galvanized steel, cold-rolled steel, HRPO, and aluminum. If the metal can hold an electrostatic charge and withstand the heat applied during curing, you can use powder coat paint on it. With all the different materials you can use it on, powder coat paint works great for utility enclosures, self-checkouts, data center racks, renewable energy enclosures, safes and much more.

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Eco-Friendly 

According to the Powder Coating Institute, “Powder coating is a clean process, allowing exhaust air from the coating booth to be returned to the plant, and less oven air is exhausted to the outside.” Powder coating is better for the environment because it releases little to no volatile organic compounds (VOC), emits less carbon dioxide as it processes, and has a smaller carbon footprint than liquid paints. There is also no hazardous waste, and any spills or residue can be recycled and reused. It is also non-toxic, making it a great option for indoor enclosures. Using powder coating can also make it easier to find a fabricator, as wet paint isn’t as widely used due to its impact on the environment.  

Let us Finish your Metal Enclosure   

Powder coat paint is great for metal enclosures because it:
 

  • Provides a durable finish you can trust 
  • Represents your brand with custom color options 
  • Is a versatile option for indoor and outdoor enclosures 
  • Improves your manufacturing efficiency 

Are you ready to move forward with powder coat paint for your metal enclosures? All five of Maysteel’s North American locations house powder coat paint technology paired with complex fabrication capabilities. If you are looking for a North American fabricator with the experience and capabilities to handle your next enclosure Maysteel is here for you! Contact our team to discuss your next project.     

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