We’ve covered the benefits of using powder coatings on various surfaces to mitigate corrosion and typical wear and tear in this blog before. However, did you know that there are different powder coating textures? There are plenty of reasons why a business might prefer a specific powder coating. Certain textures provide additional reliability, concealment, functionality, or aesthetics. Various factors, such as the powder used, the spray technique, and the curing process, also impact the texture of a surface. Read on to learn more about powder coating textures and the ideal options for your particular needs.
Glossy finishes are the most common and easiest textures to produce. The powder coatings with this texture include specific resins that reflect light and increase gloss. The surface preparation process removes all dust, oils, and contaminants to eliminate imperfections. Additionally, the soon-to-be-sprayed surface undergoes polishing for further gloss enhancement. Various steps in the application and curing processes can change depending on your desired gloss level. These classifications include full gloss and semi-gloss. The main advantage of using a glossy texture is to achieve a superior surface reflection of light.
Similar to glossy finishes, flat textures are extremely level and smooth. Typically referred to as “matte,” flat finishes include additives and pigments that scatter light and reduce gloss. Basically, these have the reverse process for creating glossy textures! Matte is a popular aesthetic option due to its striking, clean appearance. However, there are practical benefits to making flat texture surfaces, such as glare reduction, imperfection concealment, and increased durability.
Aside from glossy and flat textures, rough finishes are popular choices when powder-coating surfaces. These rough textures include hammertone, vein, wrinkle, and more. Appearing “bumpy” and “jagged,” rough textures can stand out. Combining abrasive aggregates with the powder coating during the application process results in them. The raised, rugged textures are ideal for non-slip surface applications and aesthetic purposes. Once embedded, the small particles in the coating undergo heating and curing as normal. Due to the additional application and preparation steps, rough finishes are often more expensive than glossy or flat alternatives.
There’s no end to the different powder coating textures! If you’re interested in learning more about the capabilities of commercial powder coating, check out our services here at Professional Finishing.