If you’re a part of the automotive industry of the manufacturing industry as a whole, you’re probably quite familiar already with the concept of coatings. Coatings come in all different types, of course, but they do serve two primary functions. The first of those functions is that of decoration, as the type of coating you use can actually be quite impactful when it comes to the overall look of the final product, as it adds a professional finish. In addition to this, coatings are also primarily used for the purposes of protection, as they can provide a great deal of it and keep about just any object in good, workable condition for a longer period of time.
And the industry for these coatings that provide a professional finish is taking off here in the United States as well as in many places elsewhere all around the world. In fact, the data that has been gathered on the subject more than backs up this claim, showing that the demand for coatings and the coating industry will have climbed by as much as 3% per year in the United States alone from the year of 2016 all the way to the year of 2021, which is still a few years ahead of us at the current date. And the global market for coatings has also seen a great deal of success and is even currently estimated to reach a total market value of more than $12 billion on a yearly basis by the time that we reach the year of 2020, now in the not so distant future by any means.
So what types of coatings are out there? From liquid coating to powder coatings, there are many varieties currently on the market – and all of these coatings can be quite effective for providing the professional finish that is so often needed. However, though the professional finish is standard, not all types of coating are necessarily created equal, with some types of coating far more ideal than other types.
Professional powder coating methods, for instance, tend to be far more ideal for practical use (and for professional finish, it must be said) than liquid coating methods. But why exactly is this the case? Well, for starters, they are far simpler to use, as powder coatings do not require the solvents that are very much necessary for liquid coatings – even though powder coatings are still considered to be a solid and not a liquid or any other form.
And it is because powder coatings do not have these solvents that they have become so widespread and so important in the world of coatings, whether the coating in question is being used to cultivate a professional finish, a higher level of durability, or, as in many cases, both. This is because they don’t tend to contain as many volatile organic compounds (also referred to as VOCs) as other types of coatings do, as the volatile organic compounds in a type of coating used for a professional finish or for protective purposes tend to be found in the solvents used within the product as a whole.
And it’s no over exaggeration that volatile organic compounds can be hugely detrimental to the health of many, from children to adults alike. Volatile organic compounds, when at a relatively high presence in any given space, can even impact cognitive function, something that can be hugely detrimental for any given work space, of course. In addition to this, many children who are exposed to volatile organic compounds on a regular basis are at a considerably higher risk of developing conditions that range from asthma to rhinitis to eczema. And if they already deal with these conditions, it’s all too likely that they will be worsened by their exposure to volatile organic compounds.
Fortunately, however, powder coatings help to eliminate that risk while still providing an incredibly high quality and professional finish to any given surface. The professional finish matters quite a bit, of course, but so too does the durability, which can also be improved drastically by the use of the right professional coating. At the end of the day, the powder coating is better than the liquid one.