Benefits of Powder Coated Steel Casework
Many laboratories, healthcare, and medical offices are implementing powder coated or painted steel casework into their facilities to extend the life of their furniture. Invented around 1945 by Daniel Gustin, powder coating is now a widely used process in a variety of industries including automobile, pharmaceutical, medical equipment and casework, consumer products, and construction. Aside from its attractive high-quality finish, powder coating provides a few advantages as well as some disadvantages to your steel casework. Before we jump into the pros and cons of powder coating, let’s define the powder coating process.
What is Powder Coating?
Powder coating is the process of electrostatically applying fine pigment particles onto a metal surface that is grounded and negatively charged. Then cured under heat causing the particles to fuse with the metal surface producing a protective layer.
Powder coating adds an additional layer of protection on metals surfaces such as steel. This extends the life of your casework by being able to withstand impact damage and scratches.
Worried about moisture and humidity from damaging your new casework? When powder coating is applied to steel, it provides a barrier between moisture and humidity. Moisture and humidity are the number one cause of rust on metal surfaces.
Powder coated casework is easy to maintain. Simple soapy water is enough to keep your products clean. No special cleaners are needed making maintenance an easy process. Its thick sinks prevent moisture from damaging its metal surface.
Powder coating produces a thick finish. This process is not capable of achieving a thin finish.
If casework is severely damaged and its steel surface is exposed it will not be an easy or cheap fix. Touchup paint can be used, but will not provide the same kind of protection its original coating provides.
Deciding between stainless steel or powder coated steel casework for your laboratory or medical facility? We hope this article is able to provide you with useful information on your purchasing process.