Automotive Powder Coating Finishes: Thermoset Vs Thermoplastic

Which is better: powder coating or paint? Which system achieves an optimal finish? Here at R&M Metal Finishing Ltd, we trust in powder coating to enhance and revive a vehicle’s exterior. In addition, using our array of metal powder coating colours in the UK, you will always exceed the expectations of your customers.

Today, we will outline the types of automotive finishes that can be accomplished through powder coating. While thermoplastic and thermoset finishes both offer fantastic results, at R&M, our leading automotive powder coating services specifically use thermoset powders. We ensure unmatchable results, offering a complete finishing solution. Whether that’s in fast turnarounds, efficiency, or setting new standards in your finishing.

Thermoset & Thermoplastic Powder Coating Finishes

Why Is Thermoset Powder Coating Different To Thermoplastic?

While both finishing techniques improve a vehicle’s appearance and endurance, their results offer some differences. For instance, thermoplastics can be softened and, in extreme cases, melted when in contact with excessive levels of heat. Because of this, thermoplastics offer a reversible and reusable type of finish.

On the other hand, thermoset finishes undergo a chemical bond during curation. This ensures that when surfaces are in contact with high temperatures, they are prevented from melting. Therefore, you are offered an irreversible finish favoured in the automotive industry, especially when operating vehicles leads to high heat levels.

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What Can You Expect From Thermoset Finishes?

At R&M Metal Finishing, we use A -class, state of the art, electrostatic powder coating technology. Our thermoset finishes offer exceptional results for vehicle surfaces.


Thermoset powder coating finishes are known for their aesthetics. They can be finished in various metallic powder coating colours. Consequently, ensuring that you can meet the preferences of your clients, whatever they may be.

Additionally, thermoset metal powder coating eradicates any imperfections, including scratches and discolouration. Instead, you’re met with a high-level sheen and smooth surface.


Furthermore, thermoset powder coating is highly durable and resistant. In all powder coating colours in the UK, you can stay rest assured that results remain intact due to their irreversibility, giving you and your customers peace of mind.


Following the last point, you can expect consistency in the powder coating and polished surface. Thermoset offers complete permanency, no matter the vehicle’s use. Therefore, the maintenance of the automotive parts are kept to a minimum.

Related: How Has Powder Coating Impacted The Automotive Industry?

Thermoset Metal Powder Coating From R&M

Are you searching for powder coating colours in the UK? Here at R&M Powder Coating, we have a wide selection of shades to choose from. Whatever your client’s needs, we cover all traditional colours, and the sought after matte shades and metallics that are in demand in the automotive industry today.

Known as powder coating specialists in the West Midlands, we have the skills and expertise to achieve impeccable automotive finishes with our thermoset powder coating. Regardless of the requirements of your project, we can cater for all sized structures. Get in touch with us today on 01384266022 for further details.

You may be interested to read a previous blog: Powder Coating For Hydro-formed Automotive Parts

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