There are a host of benefits in utilizing powder coating over other coating options. The coating is up to five times more durable than paint due to it being deposited in one homogeneous, crosslinked polymer layer as opposed to the multiple layers in wet painting. Transfer efficiency, the measure of how much coating is deposited on the substrate, is significantly improved over wet paint thereby creating less waste and better economics. Powder Coating is considered a Green Technology and when used in construction projects, it qualifies for LEED tax credits. There are no disposal concerns with waste since the powder is inert. Solvent based paint, by its definition, is hazardous so proper care and documentation when disposing is a must. Various types of topcoats (epoxy, polyurethane, polyester, hybrid) and primers (zinc rich, thin film, epoxy) exist to design the best system to deliver the desired performance characteristics.

Concern Solvent Base Painting Powder Coating
Volatile Organic Compounds YES NO
Hazardous Air Pollutants YES NO
Flammability NEMA Class 1 Only in High Concentrations
Insurance Costs / Risks Significant Moderate
Overspray Hazardous Can be recycled or land filled
Film Thickness Thin Moderate to Thick
Worker Exposure Extensive Moderate