Whenever you picture patio furniture, you might picture two different types of treatment: stains and paint. Stains are for wooden and wicker furniture to emphasize the grain and enhance the natural color tones. Paint adds color to metal furniture bases. But there are actually three, and it’s a superior alternative to painting.

What is powder coating?

Powder coating is a finishing process in which patio furniture and other common metal objects are covered in epoxy powders. Each grain of powder binds to the surface of the underlying frame when it’s heated. Not only does this mean powder coating bonds tightly to the furniture, it bonds more tightly the to furniture than it does to the adjacent power. Any damage will be localized instead of spreading over time. Powder coating also just needs a thin layer of powder for vivid color so you can see finely etched details and patterns.

How is powder coating different from traditional painting?

Traditional paint protects your furniture’s base material and adds color through a wetly applied coat of poly or acrylic paint. But that means the paint adheres to itself far more firmly than it adheres to the underlying surface. Because of that, paint tends to:
  • tear free in strips when it is scratched or dented.
  • bubble up during high heat and stretch out away from the frame.
  • have expanded cracks over time.
Powder coating also allows for more precise patterns and finishes. If you’re looking for a patio set with detailed touches, make sure it’s powder coating so the details stay clear and long-lasting for years. Wood and wicker furniture looks great stained. But if you are looking for patio furniture that has a painted finish and bright colors, search for furniture sets that have a powder coating instead of traditional paint. Go to Today’s Patio for a wide selection of patio tables and five- or seven-piece furniture sets.

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