Powder coating your pressed tin ceiling panels
In tough wear and tear areas such as on pub walls or in front of bars it can possibly be a good idea to consider powder coating. This is a high heat treatment which coats the panels on either one or both sides and produces a tougher finish than standard oil paints. It is the technique of applying dry paint to an object. The part is then placed in an oven and the powder particles melt and coalesce to form a continuous film. There is a limited range of colours used in powder coating but generally there is a colour to suit most tastes. Powder coating companies can be located in your Yellow Pages telephone directory.
Powder coating drawbacks
Powder coating does have draw backs though.
The panels all need to be cut to size before they are powder coated. Cutting them after they have been coated may cause the coating to crumble along the cut edge. As far as I'm aware, a hole is drilled into the corner of each item that is coated. The hole enables the item to be hung in the special ovens. The hole could be undesirable in your finished panels.
Even if the panels are powder coated on just one side, frequently the coating dribbles over the edges and onto the rear of the panel. When the panels are installed they often don't sit tightly up against each other in the lap-overs and that can make the joins more visible. I have had customers who have persisted in wanting their panels powder coated but they have been disappointed with the end results.
A tougher paint than powder coating is the 2-pak paint used by car painters. This is a more expensive option though.
Both powder coating and 2-pak would generally be considered excessive on a normal ceiling which is, of course, not subject to wear and tear.
Preferably the panels should be painted with oil based enamel paints after installation. The paint is then able to seep into the little hairline joins making the joint areas even less visible. The paint also covers the nail heads.
Think about how you will finish your panels before you order
Always consider how you will paint your panels before you order them. If powder coating is your choice then you will need to order your panels minus the etch primer. Powder coating and etch primer are not compatible.
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