Industrial manufacturers, automakers, and more rely on powder coating to improve the durability and appearance of metal products. No two powder coating jobs are alike, and there are a number of customization options to choose from. One option is to make adjustments to the texture of the metal surfaces via powder coating.
Choosing the Right Powder Coating Texture for Your Project
The goal of powder coating metals is to increase durability and manipulate the appearance of a surface. Choosing a coating texture helps ensure that the end product meets design expectations.
Wrinkled powder coating textures have minimal shine (gloss). The surface of the coated product feels similar to sand and stands strong against wear and tear. It’s common to find wrinkled powder coating textures in industrial settings where surfaces must resist scratches from sharp tools.
This type of powder coating feels gritty and features tight cracks throughout. A wrinkled texture calls for the use of urethanes and offers exceptional weathering and corrosion resistance. They can hide the surface of a metal with a powder coating that adds some visual depth.
River Vein Textures
The technique used in river vein textures leaves small water-like channels across a material. It takes an experienced professional to apply a river vein texture, because spraying epoxies or polyesters too thin can lead to uneven results. Companies add this texture to original products for a unique look with the choice of a single or two-tone color configuration. Incorporate a river vein powder coat texture for indoor applications, including electrical housings and furniture.
River vein textures can also be applied using super durable polyester powder, which provides excellent outdoor durability.
A hammer-tone texture is similar to the surface of a golf ball or the skin of an orange. Hammer-tone powder coating textures are ideal if a product requires a thick exterior coating that is resistant to minor impacts, scratches and chips. This texture gives products a modern appearance and is well-suited for outdoor furniture, lighting fixtures and architectural applications.
Other Powder Coating Factors to Consider
It’s important to consider the applications of an original product when deciding on a powder coating solution. Your powder coating texture will influence many design factors, including:
- Color: Professional powder coating services enable you to choose from a wide range of stock colors for textures. At Keystone Koating, you can also create your own custom color sample to match your exact vision.
- Gloss: Thin surface textures give you the opportunity to add gloss effects. Decide whether a matte (solid), low gloss, medium gloss or high gloss (reflective) surface is appropriate for your product.
Learn More About Powder Coating Textures at Keystone Koating
Since 1986, Keystone Koating has been serving clients in diverse markets with innovative powder coating services. We create tailored solutions for products made of aluminum, zinc alloys, iron and steel. Our central Pennsylvania facilities allow us to take on jobs of all sizes and provide impressive turnaround times.