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How to tell if something is powder coated?

Powder coating is a type of coating that has become increasingly popular in recent years. It’s similar to paint in some ways, but it also has some key differences. If you’re curious about powder coating and want to know more about how it works, this article will help you figure out if what you’re looking at is actually powder coated or not.

A thick coating

When it comes to paint versus powder coating, the thickness of your coating can indicate whether it is powder or paint. A thick coating is indicative of a powder coat, which is applied in multiple layers and measured in mils rather than traditional paint’s single-coat coverage.

Your part’s thickness will vary depending on its size, but if you’re looking for an easy way to tell if something was coated with powder instead of regular paint, try looking at any visible edges that are exposed after assembly. These edges should be smooth and have no visible brush strokes from spraying or rolling back over themselves. If they do have brush strokes or appear rough when you run your finger over them (in an effort to check for signs of overspray), then this likely means that your part was coated with regular automotive paint—not powder!

A smooth finish (like glossy paint)

The most obvious difference is the finish. Powder coating has a much smoother and glossy look, while paint will be rough. If you’re not sure what kind of finish your object has, you can test it yourself!

If you have any nail polish remover around, put some on a cotton swab and rub it across your object. If the cotton turns white and doesn’t come off easily, then that means that there is probably some type of coating on top of whatever material makes up your item. If there are no visible scratches when you run your fingernail across the surface or just a few visible scratches (but no actual scrapes), then it’s likely that there’s some sort of clear lacquer coating over top which protects against dirt accumulation but does not add any significant strength to an object like metal does when done correctly during manufacturing processes such as powder coating or electroplating metal parts so they don’t rust from moisture growing inside them due to rainwater getting inside cracks caused by vibrations from earthquakes shaking whole buildings down into rubble after being built incorrectly onto fault lines known about since before recording history began thousands years ago today we’re still living with consequences today due tomorrow may never come if we keep ignoring warnings signs like these ones given here today in this article written by me me myself

A variety of colors, often bright

Powder coating is a process that gives parts a smooth, glossy finish. A variety of colors are often used for powder coating, including bright colors like red and orange. Powder coating can also be used to match the color of your car or to make it stand out from the crowd. If you want your part to be shiny and colorful, then powder coating might be the best option for you!

Easy to clean

Powder coating is also easy to clean. The base coat can be cleaned with soap and water, or a citrus cleaner, if you want to get more aggressive. A degreaser will remove oils, grease and other stains from the surface of your powder coated item. Finally, glass cleaners are great for getting all of those fingerprints off your shiny new piece!

No drips or runs

The most obvious sign is if there are drips or runs. Powder coating is a process that involves heating the part to be coated, spraying it with powdered paint and then immediately cooling it. If a part has been sprayed and cooled, but it still has drips or runs of paint on it, then more than likely it hasn’t been coated at all. The only way you can tell whether or not something has been coated is by looking at its surface.


Powder coating is a very durable finish. It can withstand years of use and abuse without any signs of wear. This makes it an excellent choice for outdoor furniture, tools, and other items that are used regularly in harsh conditions.

Unlike paint, powder coating is not prone to chipping or peeling and will hold up to repeated cycles in a dishwasher or oven without losing its sheen or color. If you keep your painted belongings clean and dry them thoroughly after washing them (don’t use soap!), they should last just as long as their powder coated counterparts—and they’ll look better than they did on day one!

If a surface looks painted, it probably isn’t powder coated.

If a surface looks painted, it probably isn’t powder coated. A good example of this is an old bicycle frame that’s been repainted in bright colors. You can even see brush strokes if you look closely enough.

Paint is not durable, easy to clean, smooth or thick. It also doesn’t come in bright colors like powder coatings do. If the object has any of these qualities and it’s not powder coated then it was painted with something else


We hope this article has given you the confidence to identify powder coating at a glance. We also encourage you to ask questions about any work that may involve powder coating—especially if it seems too good to be true. After all, there’s no such thing as a free lunch… unless you’re eating at a restaurant with really terrible food!

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