Featured in Finishing magazine. Written by Craig Martin, President, BTD Wood Powder Coating
Key takeaways from this article:
The Look and Shape of the Future: Powder Coated Wood
The biggest challenge for powder-coated wood to overcome lies with designers and architects who limit their use of curvilinear shapes for those shapes that are designed to work primarily with melamine and HPL laminates. It is only a matter of time before architects and designers understand the innate qualities and features of this type of durable, consistent, brilliant finish.
Powder-coated wood provides a very upscale, elegant appearance, such as high gloss black similar to a baby grand piano or metallic silver.
Unlimited colors and textures
Green and healthy lifestyle
MDF manufacturers, such as SierraPine, use recycled board and have formulated a formaldehyde free board for the marketplace. SierraPine uses recycled material so it is very green friendly, and in construction projects, this is great for obtaining LEED points with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
There is an antimicrobial additive that can be used in the powder that is patented by DuPont. It can be used in the powder which prevents the spread of bacteria on the powder-coated surface because it removes 99.9 percent of the surface bacteria with active ingredients that last for many years. Plus, the finish is seamless with no crevices for bacteria to hide and foster. This additive is a great option for surfaces used in healthcare, day care, schools or any environment where bacteria can be a threat and surfaces come in contact with humans.