Featured in Powder Coating magazine. Written by Clint Ellenberg.
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Why you should consider powder coated MDF for your next project:
Six Common Misconceptions About Powder Coated Wood
Although powder coated medium density fiberboard (MDF) has been around for several years, it is still the epitome of an emerging technology. It is common for industry observers to associate wood powder coating with traditional metal powder coating and assume the process will simply translate. Although both techniques involve an electrostatic charge to encourage adhesion, the similarities end quickly. Wood powder coating continues to evolve, and companies in the industry are learning by experimenting with different approaches to heating, coating, and curing. This advancing state of powder coated MDF has resulted in misconceptions that can be tied to early, inferior powder coated wood products.
Misconception #1: It’s not as durable as other finishes
In the end, powder coated wood should be considered whenever there is need for a durable yet attractive finish. It combines the strength of powder coating with the beauty of a seamless painted look.
Misconception #2: There must be large runs of a single part to be cost-effective
Misconception #3: There is a limited set of colors and gloss levels
Misconception #4: Wood powder coating is easy to do
Misconception #5: Wood powder coating is just another low-cost wood finish
Misconception #6: All powder coated wood finishes are the same
Some powder coated finishes are easier than others to coat correctly. For example, textured finishes hide board and coating flaws, and are thus the simplest in the powder realm. Smooth and metallic finishes are much more difficult to produce properly and require prior research and development in order to maintain consistent quality. The next installment in this column will provide more detailed information on how to identify a quality powder coated wood finish.
Wrapping It All Up
As an emerging technology, wood powder coating is subject to misconceptions based on traits exhibited by early finishes. New advances are being made every day, and powder coated MDF is the ideal solution for many wood finishing applications. Although it is difficult to perfect, a quality powder coated wood product represents a very compelling blend of beauty and durability.