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How Does Powder Coating Work?

A question we often hear from our customers revolves around the process and benefits of powder coating. It's a curiosity that arises frequently, given the increasing preference for this method in various industries, including construction, automotive, and consumer goods, among others. So, what exactly is powder coating, and how does it work? Let's dive in to not only answer these questions but also to shed light on why Area Safe's in-house powder coating plant offers superior benefits.

The Basics of Powder Coating

At its core, powder coating is a dry finishing process that has gained widespread popularity for its ability to provide a high-quality, durable, and attractive finish to metals and various other materials. Unlike traditional liquid paint, powder coating involves applying a dry powder—composed of finely ground particles of pigment and resin—electrostatically onto the surface to be coated. This process is not just about aesthetics; it’s also about providing a robust layer of protection.

How It Works

1. Surface Preparation 

The key to a successful powder coating starts with surface preparation. The item to be coated is thoroughly cleaned to remove any oils, dirt, or rust, ensuring that the powder can adhere properly.

2. Electrostatic Application 

The powder is then electrostatically charged and sprayed onto the grounded item. This charge ensures that the powder sticks to the surface evenly before the curing process.

3. Curing 

Next, the coated item is placed in a curing oven where it's heated to high temperatures. This melts the powder into a smooth film, which then hardens upon cooling, creating a durable and resilient finish.

4. Cooling and Inspection 

After curing, the item is cooled and inspected for quality. The result is a uniform, durable, and attractive finish that stands the test of time.

The Area Safe Advantage

Our in-house powder coating plant at Area Safe takes this process to the next level, emphasising sustainability and efficiency. Here's why our facility stands out:

Eco-Friendly Process

Our powder coating process is a prime example of 'Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.' We employ an extremely low-waste method by electrostatically applying the powder, then collecting and recycling any surplus. This approach not only minimises waste but also ensures that no harmful solvents are released into the atmosphere, making our powder coats among the most environmentally friendly options available.

Advanced Coating Systems

Powder coats are a modern and sustainable product. They represent one of the most advanced coating systems in use today, largely because they emit no volatile organic compounds (VOCs). This is a stark contrast to wet-sprayed solvent-based coatings, which can be high in VOC off-gassing and environmental pollution.


At Area Safe, we understand that your project is unique. That’s why we offer a powder coat to your specifications right in our own plant. Whether you're looking for specific colours, finishes, or textures, our in-house capabilities allow us to tailor the coating process to meet your exact needs.

Powder coating is more than just an alternative to traditional painting methods; it's a superior choice for anyone looking to combine aesthetic appeal with durability and environmental responsibility. With Area Safe's in-house powder coating plant, you're not just getting a service; you're making an investment in quality, sustainability, and customisation. The biggest advantage we offer our customers is fast turnaround times on standard or customised powder-coating products. While traditional power coating operators may provide 2-6 week lead times, Area Safe promises a 1-week lead time, setting us apart and ensuring your products move forward swiftly without compromising on quality.

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