Powder Coating Colors

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Powder coating colors reflect any mixture of which the human mind can conceive. As with liquid paint, powdered forms may be adjusted for higher or lower concentrations of their constituent colors. Basically, it's up to you whether you'd like your blue-green to be bluer or, well, greener.

A lot of shops offer a pre-packaged color group, much the way computers support 216 or 256 hues. To take the comparison a step further, just as better technology now allows for monitors to display thousands of colors apart from those deemed "safe," powder coaters can also offer hundreds of additional shades that have been mixed and matched by their paint manufacturers. It's worth noting here that even the best custom coating shops can't mix and match these colors themselves, but that they can (and often will) order new colors from their suppliers if it helps give customers what they're looking for.

The Matching Factor

Why is color-matching so critical in the world of powder coating? One reason is that many customers are looking to restore old parts, not create new ones from scratch. They may want to match a color found on a vintage label or one from an automaker's plant. In cases such as these, accuracy reigns supreme, no matter how great an entirely new shade may look.

Another reason matching is so important is that many customers are also parts sellers as well. Therefore, if their clients are looking for a specific color, the customer now becomes the vendor. He or she may only be using a particular powder coating plant as a sort of sub-contractor. For this reason, clients can be notoriously finicky about matching--after all, their own businesses may be at stake.

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