There are plenty of ways to finish sheet metal. Whether you’re looking for cost-efficiency or durability, there’s a finish out there that can get the job done. Let’s take a look at a few of the most common professional finishes for sheet metal parts.
Powder coatings are becoming increasingly common because of their versatility. Not only are powder coatings a cost-effective option, but they also come in a wide array of colors. In addition, powder coatings are typically much more corrosion-resistant than paint. Considering that the global powder coatings market is valued at almost $12.5 billion, it’s safe to say that these professional finishes aren’t going anywhere. Literally! Powder coating is baked into the top layer of whatever material you’re finishing, which means there’s a strong bond that ensures your coating lasts for years and years at a time. Compared to other finishes, powder coating offers the most versatility in regard to color. So if you’re looking for a stylized professional finish, this is a great option to consider.
Sandblasting is another common professional finish in which a piece of sheet metal is, as the name suggests, blasted with sand or another gritty material. This process removes dirt, debris, and corrosion from the surface of sheet metal. This helps ensure the best possible finish for your sheet metal parts. Blasting is also one of the least time-consuming methods of finishing sheet metal. In fact, sandblasting can be up to 75% more efficient than hand-cleaning, which makes it an incredibly cost-effective finishing process.
Standard finishing is probably the most common method of professional finishing because it really doesn’t involve any finishing at all. Aside from pickling and passivation, a standard finish is essentially leaving a piece of sheet metal exactly the way it is. This can be done for practical or aesthetic purposes. Stainless steel is typically finished with a standard finishing process because it’s already corrosion-resistant and its appearance is desirable in most applications.
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