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Paint Vs. Powder Coat

Fitment Industries Author | | September 12th, 2018 |

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    - It's kind of funny, okay.

    Hey, guys, what's up, it's Claire (upbeat music) back again from Fitment Industries, and today we're gonna be talking about something a little different. We're gonna be talking about paint versus powdercoat. Now I know a lot of you guys are obviously familiar with paint and how that works, but some of you might not be as familiar with powdercoat, so we're gonna take them head to head and see which one you should use for what parts on your car.

    First we're gonna talk about what most of us know pretty well and that is paint. Now paint is obviously just a liquid that is sprayed onto a metal product for a colored finish. Now the process for painting something goes a little bit like this. First, you really, really, really, really have to clean the product that you're gonna paint. You know that episode of Sponge Bob where he's sitting at the table like this, and a little speck of dust drops on it, and he just quick sprays it and wipes it off as fast as possible? That's gotta be you with what you're about to paint. So once you have it all cleaned and prepped, you just simply spray it on, and paint is pretty difficult compared to powdercoat to get that even finish. As far as application goes, when you powdercoat something, it needs to be heated. When you paint something, it doesn't. So that could also play a part in whether you're deciding to powdercoat something or paint something.

    But there are some cons to painting, too. When you paint something, you have to apply a lot of layers, and in those layers, you can see drips, you can see little mistakes. A lot of times when you look at a car, you see a lot of orange peel. It seems like it's a lot easier to mess a paint job up rather than powdercoating, so that is also something definitely to keep in mind, however, if you're not the one painting, you don't really have to worry about it. Alright, so what is powdercoating? A lot of you know what powdercoating is, but you don't really know how it works or how it's applied. So what powdercoating is is actually, literally a powder that is electrostatically, that was a little tough to say, electrostatically clung to the object, and then heat comes into play, and then it actually melts it, and it just covers the entire object, and that's what gives it that strong, durable finish, which paint actually doesn't have, and that's why a lot of people will powdercoat their wheels, they'll powdercoat engine bay pieces, you name it. Powdercoating is also very customizable, too, so don't let that deter you between paint and powdercoat if you think paint is more customizable, you can get powdercoat in a ton of different colors, so also keep that in mind when you're deciding what to do.

    However, if you are looking for that thin finish, you're not gonna get it with powdercoat. It obviously is a very thick finish, like I said, for durability purposes. So some disadvantages to powdercoating would be that it can't produce that thin finish that paint can, and it can be a little expensive if you're looking to do it yourself, so I would recommend finding a shop that does it because you're gonna need an oven, you're gonna need all sorts of equipment to get the job done. So what do you do?

    What I would usually do is that stuff that you want to be more durable like I mentioned before, like wheels and stuff, powdercoat it. If you want it to hold up and not chip away as easy, powdercoat it. But if you're looking for that depth and that clarity, paint it. It all depends on what you're looking for, what you're painting, and what you have in your head,
    (babbling) eh-the-p-the-the, and what you have envisioned in your head. Hopefully this you guys understand the difference between paint and powdercoat a little bit more. Don't forget to hit that subscribe button, check out our website at fitmentindustries.com, and we'll see you next time, peace.