One of the most common questions that we get asked here at Rustybug is “Do you do powder coating?” Powder coating is a method of painting your vehicle, where instead of painting, the vehicle is sprayed with a powder and baked in an oven. In actual fact, we don`t do powder coating and prefer to use the more conventional `painting for a number of reasons.
Powder coating typically is much harder than the more traditional car paints and so it might seem like the ideal paint to use on a classic car. However, we don`t believe that it is, and here`s why…
Why Don`t we do Powder Coating?
There are a number of reasons why we don`t use powder coating here at Rustybug…
- Repairs – If repairs need to be carried out on a small part of a vehicle, the small area that has been worked on it usually painted using paint afterwards. It is virtually impossible to get the same finish with powder coating as with conventional `paint`, so for just a small area to be fixed it is possible that a whole panel would have to be powder coated again as opposed to just a touch up in a small area.
- Cracking – As with many things that are very hard, they can become particularly brittle, and the use of powder coating can make the car more susceptible to cracking. A small chip from a stone or piece of debris on the road can then turn quickly into not just a chip but also a crack.
- Equipment – For powder coating, specialist equipment is needed in the workshop. Not only the paint and sprayer is needed, also an oven which is used to `bake` the paint on. This can be bulky and, quite frankly we don`t feel it necessary in the Rustybug workshop.
Here at Rustybug we like to use two pack paint. This is hard but not so hard that it turns brittle as well as easy to take off for repairs – and easy to touch up.
We can offer a wide range of services, repairs and restoration to your classic car. Our team of highly skilled experts have the knowledge and experience to bring your classic car back to its former glory through a full nuts and bolts restoration, to body straightening, engine tinkering, blast cleaning and body painting.
For more information about how we can help you here at Rustybug, get in touch with us today.