The beauty of powder coating is that it remains beautiful and durable for an exceedingly long time after you apply it. However, durable doesn’t mean invulnerable, and time will eventually take its toll. Fortunately, the kind of damage powder coating eventually endures is usually minor and generally only noticeable upon close inspection.
Regardless, once it happens—whether through scratches, fading, or chipping—you need to address it quickly before further damage occurs through rust and other kinds of corrosion. Read on to discover how you can repair chipped powder coatings and protect your investment.
Paint it Black… or Red, or Whatever Color You’d Like
Painting isn’t a true fix, but it goes a long way toward fooling the eye while protecting the surface. If a powder-coated surface shows excessive pitting or chipping, a repainting job may not be enough. However, if the damage is relatively minor or out of the way, consider a quick paint job.
A matching rust-preventing paint should do the trick. Clean off the object, scrape away loose powder coat and paint, and then sand it smoothly to provide a better surface for the paint to adhere to. After you prime the surface, it’s ready to paint!
Proper Brushing Technique
There are two methods for painting powder-coated surfaces: brushing and spray-painting. Think big—or small, as the case may be! For smaller sections, use a brush. Brushing on the paint takes longer but allows you to control the coverage and look. Keep the strokes nice and even. Note that in most cases, there will still be a perceptible change in the smoothness of the surface.
As for larger items, spray paint may be a more efficient solution. Just be sure to keep the spraying even to ensure it blends in well. If you’re not outdoors, spray-paint the surface in a well-ventilated area or open all the windows and doors. Always wear a mask to avoid inhaling the paint.
Look for a Professional!
Those are the basics on how you can repair chipped powder coatings. But if you want the job done right, contact us. We’re powder coating specialists, and whether you need repairs, touch-ups, or a full-blown new powder coating job, we’re ready to answer your questions, offer consultations, and do the job. We look forward to hearing from you!