Powder coatings are incredibly durable and wear-resistant, but they can still incur scratches, fading, stains and other abrasions. Factors such as sunlight, cleaning products, weather and temperature can damage powder coating over time.
Fortunately, you can easily touch up your powder coating if the surface damage isn’t too significant. Painting is an easy way to repair scratches and chips on a powder-coated surface. Explore some tips for touching up damaged powder coatings.
Is Painting the Right Option for My Damaged Powder Coating?
Examine your powder coat’s condition to determine if painting is feasible. If there is significant chipping, rust or uneven coating, paint may not be able to repair the surface. Excessive chipping or an uneven coat may require a full coat removal rather than painting.
You may be able to remove rust with sandblasting or abrasive blasting. This process uses high pressure to propel a stream of abrasive material against a surface. It can help remove contaminants and create a smoother surface. Consider working with a professional for sandblasting services to remove rust.
How to Apply Paint to a Powder-Coated Surface
You can start painting after cleaning, sanding and priming the damaged surface. Here are two common methods for painting powder coats:
- Brushing: Brushing is more time-consuming than spraying, but it yields a high-quality result. Similar to spraying, you should move the brush in a smooth, horizontal direction to apply the paint evenly. We also recommend using a synthetic brush for the best results. Brushing is ideal for facilities with weak ventilation.
- Spraying: Spray painting is quick and simple if you want something more efficient. It’s especially ideal when painting large objects. Hold the spray can at a distance and try to use smooth movements for effective results. This method requires a facility with strong ventilation.
Whether you’re brushing or spraying, try to apply the paint in multiple thin layers over a few thick ones. Thin paint layers can prevent dripping as it sets and dries, improving its overall quality and appearance.
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At Keystone Koating, we provide custom powder coating services for many needs. Our meticulous, eight-stage treatment process helps ensure maximum adhesion so your surface can last for years to come. We strive to offer fast turnaround times and outstanding results for every client. We can also provide finishes for a variety of materials including aluminum, steel, zinc and iron.
No matter your industry, applications or budget, Keystone Koating has decades of experience to deliver the solution you need. Get a quote for powder coating services today!