Why Is Powder Coating Better Than Traditional Painting For Protecting Chain Link Fences?
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With the decision to secure your commercial property with a chain-link fence made, you are going to be confronted with another important decision to make – what finish to choose for your chain-link fence.
Your choice of finish is usually split between powder coating and wet painting.
Being metal, your chain link fence will rust if exposed to moisture, which is a given for outdoor installations. And without a protective finish, your chain link fence will not last as long it should. It will corrode, causing it to break easily and lose its shine.
Why Is Powder Coating Better Than Wet Painting?
To understand why a powder-coated finish is such a superior option, you have to understand what it is and how it’s applied.
Powder coating involves electrostatically applying dry, powdered paint to ensure better adherence to the metallic surface you are protecting. The process is more efficient and guarantees a fuller and more uniform coating.
Before finishing, the fence and posts also undergo a multi-stage pre-treatment process that cleans them of all chemicals and dirt, ensuring a uniform and strong bond with the finish. The resulting finish is thicker, denser, and longer-lasting
On the other hand, wet paint finishes have a tendency to scratch, peel, and chip easily. Wet paint is also not as environmentally friendly as powder coating, which produces fewer volatile organic compounds.
How Do You Keep Powder Coated Steel from Rusting?
The whole point of powder coating is to prevent the metallic material you are treating from rusting. The hard, protective coating prevents moisture from penetrating down to the metal, preventing oxidation, which is the process that causes rusting.
Powder-coated fence finishes offer the best protection from rust and wear. And by using specially selected paints, it is also possible to paint over the finish and ensure even greater rust and wear protection.
How Do You Protect Powder Coated Steel Fences?
The best way to protect a powder-coated chain link fence is by following the right cleaning and maintenance regime. Dirt build-up and exposure to saltwater all have a negative effect on your fence’s durability and cosmetic appearance.
While it is important to ensure your fence and gate are kept clean and free of debris, be sure to avoid using harsh cleaning chemicals. The best way to remove dirt and grime is by using a power washer. The powder coating is after all plastic, which will degrade if exposed to aggressive chemicals.