There’s a huge selection of replacement bumpers out there to choose from no matter what style you need for your off-road truck or Jeep.
As different as some may be, there’s one thing that all aftermarket bumpers have in common and that’s a coating over the bare metal to prevent corrosion that generally come in two types: paint and powder coat.
Of the two, a painted bumper will certainly be less expensive than one that’s been finished with powder coating for some very important reasons.
So should you spring for a powder-coated bumper and does that type of coating really make that much of a difference?
Follow along here to learn about power coating, what it is, what it can do for a bumper, and if is it worth the extra cost!
What Is Powder Coating?
A powder coat is a material made of very fine plastic particles that creates a durable coating more durable than other types of coating when correctly applied to metal like steel bumpers and other surfaces.
The process has been around since the late 1960s and has improved considerably to make today’s powder coats the preferred covering on items that are prone to corrosion or damage.
Powder coating requires no solvents to use it, does not release toxic fumes or chemicals into the air, and comes with no EPA warnings or regulations for be concerned about.
It is a clean, strong, and durable coating that can protect steel bumpers when properly applied.
How Is Powder Coating Done?
Powder coating involves a meticulous process that must be done properly to make certain that the coating actually bonds to the object and that is one of the reasons why it can be more expensive than coating bumpers with regular automotive paint.
The process begins by carefully cleaning and drying the bumper, then applying a coating of plastic powder using a special electrostatic spray gun that charges the powder particles, causing them to stick to the sprayed bumper surface through static electricity.
Once a bumper is coated with the powder, it’s baked in a large oven at 400 degrees F to cure the coating; the particles heat up and melt together into a gel that sticks to the surface, then cools into a hardened, bonded plastic coating.
Due to how the particles melt together, powder coating done correctly is seamless with no cracks or imperfections, making a smooth, hard coating that’s got many advantages over paint.
Why Is Powder Coating Preferable for Steel Bumpers?
Powder coating is a preferred finish for any metal; however, it is especially useful for steel as it’s prone to corrosion.
Due to how it bonds to the steel bumper, a powder coat provides an elevated degree of corrosion-resistance that normal paint lacks and it is also extremely durable.
Powder coating is scratch and scuff resistant as opposed to paint which is not plus it has a very slight amount of flex to it, so it’s hard to crack.
It’s also fade resistant and almost maintenance-free and will hold its color indefinitely unlike paint that will fade and lose its vibrancy after some years if not well cared for.
These qualities make powder coating an ideal finish for any bumper, especially those designed for off-road use where scuffs and scratches are common and the potential for corrosion is high if activities involve a lot of water or mud.
Choose A Powder Coated Replacement Bumper!
Whether you use your truck or Jeep for off-roading, as a work truck, or just want a replacement bumper that looks stylish, choosing a bumper finished with a powder coating is your best option.
It’s a nearly indestructible finish that protects significantly more than paint and doesn’t need to be repaired due to scratches, gouges, or other damage that typically affects painted bumpers.
It might add a bit more to the cost; however, you’ll save in the long run by having a bumper that remains protected and looking great no matter what you put it through!