Do-it-yourself projects are all the rage these days, and it’s not difficult to understand why. Aside from the money that can potentially be saved, there is a sense of accomplishment and pride that comes with completing a personal project on your own. Learning a new skill can be very rewarding, but it’s important to know when DIY is a good option and when a project is best left to the professionals. There are several reasons to skip the DIY kit for your powder coating project.
It Won’t Save You Money
One of the biggest draws to try DIY is the potential to save money. Generally, there’s nothing wrong with finding a cheaper option that offers a comparable result to store-bought. However, there are times when it’s necessary to skip the DIY kit because it won’t save you money. The DIY kits seem like a steal at first glance, offering all you need to start powder coating in your own garage or backyard. These kits aren’t actually complete, as they typically do not include an air compressor or a curing oven, both of which are necessary to achieve a proper powder coating. Ultimately, it’ll often cost as much to get these tools as it would be to take your parts to a professional.
The Proof is in the Prep
Another reason you should skip the DIY kit is to avoid potential problems during prep. One of the most tedious and time-consuming portions of powder coating is the preparation of the metal to get it ready to be coated. This step is very important to ensure the coating sticks to the metal and that it comes out smoothly. Without sandblasting, the metal will have to be painstakingly sanded by hand and there’s a chance an untrained eye might miss an area. This area won’t hold the powder coating, and the piece would have to be stripped and re-coated to achieve the beautiful, smooth finish that is attributed to powder coating.
It Won’t Last if It’s Not Done Correctly
Powder coating is long-lasting and very durable when done properly, but it won’t stand the test of time if it’s applied incorrectly. There are many steps that can go wrong, and an inexperienced attempt is likely to end with a coating that is weak and will chip at the slightest provocation. Skip the DIY kit and hire a professional so your project will look amazing and be protected for years down the line.
Contact Frank T. today to learn more about the powder coating process!
If you have more questions, Frank is ready to answer them! With over a decade of experience in the coating industry, Frank knows what it takes to create a lasting finish. He’s known across the country, and his impressive work has been featured on the Discovery Channel. When you ask for a professional in powder coating, you’ll probably be directed to Frank’s workshop. Whether you’re in Rockville, MD, or outside of the Maryland area, Frank can help! Give him a call or text at 301-798-9952 and get started on coating your project.