Once you’ve decided to purchase a steel or iron finished gate, entry enclosure, or window guard for the security of your home, you’ll have to decide if you’d like for it to be finished with paint or powder coating. Here are the differences that will help you reach that final decision.

Wet Paint

If your goal is to rustproof your product, then paint might be a simple and affordable way to go with. For years, people have used wet paint to coat products that don’t need heating. They also come in a wide range of colors, which allows room for customization more than powder coating.

Even though wet painting might be easier and more affordable, wet paint is less effective and lacks durability compared to powder coating. This means that it can become more expensive since it will require more maintenance and refinishing from time to time. Smaller products that aren’t in high traffic areas or exposed to the environment as often can easily be coated in paint. However, for any big project, you’ll need to think twice about how important it is to preserve your metal piece.

Wet paint is also hazardous due to its flammability and volatile organic compounds (VOC’s). VOCs are the main source of industrial pollution and health and safety risks so it might not be the right choice if you’re looking for something environmentally friendly.

Powder Coating

Powder coating provides a durable protective finish on your metal or iron products for a similar price of wet painting.  This coating is safe to store, doesn’t emit any VOC’s and costs less than wet paint in the long run. This product is a free-flowing, dry powder that can easily be collected and reused, making it more environmentally friendly.

Although painting is common, powder coating will be the best and most simple process since you won’t need to cure paint or recoat it several times to achieve an even finish. We recommend using powder coating if you’re looking to add a new gate, entry enclosure or window guard for max durability against the Arizona weather.

So, which one is better?

Powder coating will always be the better option, but it all comes down to personal preference. It also depends on whether you’re willing to spend more upfront or deal with the costs later. As mentioned before, powder coating is also more resistant to high traffic areas and extreme weather conditions.

Now that you’re aware of the differences between powder coating and paint, experience the difference with Steel Shield Security. Ask our professional staff anything about security doors and gates, Crimsafe options, window guards, sunscreens, and durable powder coating.