One of the main reasons why metal fabricators prefer powder coating to wet painting is that the former technique has a myriad of finishing options. Moreover, a powder-coated metal can be reworked and touched up quite easily compared to wet painted components. However, why should you touch up a powder-coated metal part? This article highlights critical reasons why metal fabricators need to touch up powder-coated metallic products.
Metal components are used in various applications, which can be private or public. Powder-coated metal parts that are installed away from the public domain do not need any touch up because visual beauty is not a priority. On the other hand, powder-coated parts that are fabricated for open spaces must be aesthetically appealing, requiring some touch-up. For instance, there is no need to touch up powder-coated roof beams because they are hidden. However, metal staircase trusses need a quality finishing since they are always in the full glare of public scrutiny.
Powder-coated parts must perform as expected in different applications. For example, powder-coated fence posts are exposed to the elements 24 hours a day. Therefore, their surfaces must be unbreachable to keep water and moisture away, and thus, prevent corrosion. If powder-coated posts have defects and a client uses them for fencing, it will not be long before corrosion starts. Most importantly, all hook marks and flaws created after a powder coating process must be touched up adequately to prevent exposure of the bare metal's surface. Touching up will ensure that the structural integrity of the fence posts is not compromised, thereby enhancing durability. However, a metal frame that is designed to hold a mirror in a dresser will perform as expected without any finishing because of the indoor environment.
Most clients prefer to work with metal fabricators who offer a warranty primarily because it protects them from poor artistry. If you do not conduct quality control testing on powder-coated metal products, the chances are high that you will miss possible defects. Therefore, clients might return products at your cost, thereby affecting your profitability and reputation. The best way to avoid such charges is to ensure all powder-coated metal parts pass through quality control testing, which prioritizes touch-up work immediately once a powder-coated metal part leaves an oven. Quality control reduces the number of defects in a production line, which enables fabricators to issue warranties with confidence.
Contact a powder coating company for more information.