#300 - April 2007
When it comes to dressing up hinges, handles, and other hardware around
the home, paint is often the choice. But painting metal is problematic.
First off, it’s tough to get a consistently smooth finish. Paint
also has a tendency to run and drip, and it isn’t very durable.
Now there’s a better alternative to paint — powder coating.
Just as it sounds, powder coating is a process that consists of spraying
a colored powder onto metal and then baking it to a durable finish.
What makes it work is a small electrical charge that gets applied
to the metal, so that the powder sticks like static cling. Heat from
an oven causes the powder to “melt.” (This can be a standard
oven or an inexpensive