Featured in Finishing Magazine. Written by: Craig Martin, President, BTD Wood Powder Coating
Thanks to new technology — everything from innovations in powders and MDF to application systems and proprietary know-how — powder coating wood has overcome many of its earlier challenges. It is now considered the emerging trend in finishing, according to the powder-coating industry, and is revered for its durability, unlimited choice of color and shapes, and upscale look.
Powder Coated Wood can be an ideal surface for office, medical and educational desks and workstations, ready-to-assemble furniture, store fixtures, cabinet doors, and garage/closet organizers.
Sharing the advances in technology that have made wood powder coating a viable alternative to other surfaces is also a key to growing the market, says Chris Leffel, vice president of sales and marketing for SierraPine, which manufactures PermaCore, one of the first MDFs created specifically for powder coating on wood.
Powder-coated wood is viewed by some to be the next generation of powder coating. The technology has been refined to produce consistent, high-quality surfaces that are solvent-free, virtually VOC free and environmentally friendly, with about 98 percent of the unused powder recovered.
A Variety of Applications, Effects
The Freedom of Shape and Durability
Powder coating on MDF is more durable than traditional HPL laminates and wet paint. It won’t rust and is impact-, chip-, temperature- and stain-resistant. Plus it’s well suited to hot, wet conditions like locker rooms and saunas because it won’t fade in sunlight or warp in humidity. Because it’s a uniform, seamless coating, powder coated wood won’t peel or delaminate from the substrate — qualities BTD puts to the test during trade show demonstrations.