The Appearance Of Automotive Finishes: Paint VS Powder Coating

There are several types of elite automotive finishes, from standard spray paint methods to electroplating. However, these processes don’t compare to the impeccable aesthetics that powder coating attains. With that in mind, it’s essential to understand the difference between two of the most common types of finishes. Ensuring you make the right decision for your business projects.

We are leading A Class powder coating specialists here at R&M Metal Finishing. Therefore, we have abundant knowledge in what contributes to optimum performing and looking metal surfaces, specifically in the automotive industry. In today’s post, we will depict both paint and powder coating in achieving an optimum appearance in automotive finishes.

What Are The Two Types Of Automotive Finishes?

There are many automotive finishing techniques are available, including electroless plating and electropolishing. However, the main two types are: automotive paint finishes and the advanced powder coating. Standard paints are often in spray form and require specialists to apply. But, in comparison to powder coating, they don’t offer the same level of aesthetic as powder coating solutions.

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What Are The Main Differences Between Paint & Powder?

Even Results

It’s no surprise that one of a business’s main priorities is to accomplish a flawless appearance in its automotive finishes. Spray painting, combined with primer and topcoats, has the potential to optimise metal surfaces. However, it runs the risk of unevenness and drip marks when misapplied.

Elite automotive finishes such as powder coating, in contrast, produces seamless coats effortlessly. Using state-of-the-art equipment that specialists can only operate, you are met with a guarantee of high quality results in every application.

How Long Does Powder Coating Last?

Powder coating is profound for being the most long-lasting finishing method available, giving vehicles up to 20 years of vibrancy.


When it comes to custom automotive finishes, often clients will favour the opportunity to decide upon a variety of finishing aesthetics. For instance, textured surfaces, such as matte, are highly sought after today.

These can be obtained by several finishing techniques, including paint, but not always with ease. On the other hand, thinner powder-based product is naturally more textured. Consequently, offering a convenient and straightforward solution to meeting such demands. Not to mention, thicker layers are smoother, giving you the key to both types of finish.

Colour Matching

Elite Powder coated automotive finishes have many strengths in aesthetics, including colour matching. Wet paint solutions may be faster and easier to mix on-site, but their longevity doesn’t compare to powders. While a particular production run may be required, we can mass-produce shades to meet your project size once pre-determined.

Powder Coating Finishes From R&M

Here at R&M, we are A Class automotive powder coating specialists in the West Midlands. We have over 200 years of experience combined. So, we dominate the powder coating industry, attaining perfection in every project we meet. Aesthetics are just as vital as performance in automotive finishes, and we guarantee to exceed your expectations in both.

For further information on our automotive powder coating services, get in touch with us today on 01384266022. We’ll be happy to assist you with your query. Alternatively, if you enjoyed reading this blogs, why not take a look at a another one: OEE Rating | What Is It And How Does It Work?

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