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Is powder coating good for outdoor furniture?

Powder coating can help outdoor furniture located in public spaces to withstand extreme conditions.

Outdoor seating is useful and often necessary in many outdoor locations including public spaces, commercial premises, and social infrastructure.

Some spaces where you will often find outdoor seating include bus stops, local parks, city centres, schools, shops, train stations, hospitals, and commercial businesses.

The materials that different outdoor seating is made from varies depending on the furniture’s aesthetics, location, and how much foot traffic they are likely to experience.

Common materials used include wood, metal, concrete, and plastic. Often, at least some part of the furniture is made from metal because of the material’s strength and longevity.

If you want your outdoor furniture to last a long time and stay looking the part for longer, then it’s important to think carefully about the finish you give any metal parts.

Whilst there are plenty of choices when it comes to exterior metal paint, paint is not the most long-lasting option for metal.

Powder coating is now the finish of choice for most metal furniture that is to be used in public or commercial spaces.

In this article, we will find out a bit more about what powder coating is and why it is such a good choice for finishing outdoor furniture.

Is powder coating good for outdoor furniture?

To decide whether powder coating is a good finish for outdoor furniture, we must first understand a bit more about what it is.

Powder coatings are made up of pigment, filler materials, and resin. During most applications, the powder is sprayed onto the metal surfaces using an electrostatic spray gun. The surface is then treated with heat or UV light to cure the coating.

Powder coating is available in a range of different colours. Here at Tomburn, we offer different powder coatings for different metals and requirements. Some common types of metal that we finish with powder coating include galvanised steel, aluminium, and mild steel.

We frequently provide powder coating finishes for architectural components including outdoor furniture for public and commercial spaces.

Now that we know a little more about what powder coating is and its benefits. Let’s find out why it is such a good choice for outdoor and street furniture.

Here are our top four reasons why you should choose powder coating for street furniture.

Aesthetically pleasing finish

Powder coatings are available in a huge range of different colours and finishes.

When you powder coat outdoor furniture you can choose a colour and style to improve the appearance of the furniture and complement the environment it will sit within.

Powder coatings are smooth, flawless, and are even able to provide an even coat on complex shapes and angles.

Protect from wear, tear, and the elements

Finishing your outdoor furniture with a powder coating will help it to retain its appearance for years to come.

Depending on several different factors, including the type of environment the furniture is situated in, powder coatings can retain their appearance for up to 20 years. In comparison, painted outdoor furniture will often need maintenance within five years.

Powder coatings stay looking good for so long because of the many advantageous properties that make them such a durable choice of finish. Powder coatings offer excellent protection against rust and corrosion, wind and rain, extreme temperatures, bumps, scrapes, and general wear and tear, all of which outdoor furniture is regularly exposed to.


If you’re buying outdoor furniture, you will want your investment to last as long as possible.

Whilst powder coating for street furniture may set you back a little more money in the short term, the protection it will offer the furniture and the quality of the finish makes it more than worth the money.

Powder-coated furniture tends to require far less maintenance than other finishes. It also protects the structure underneath, increasing the lifespan of your furniture.

Outdoor furniture that has been painted may need to be painted several times during the lifespan of furniture that has been powder coated just once.

Kind to the environment

As we discovered earlier, powder coating is one of the more environmentally friendly options when it comes to metal finishes.

Unlike paint, there are no solvents, VOCs, toxic heavy metals, or halogens in powder coatings.

This is important when it comes to outdoor furniture as any of the coating that flakes off towards the end of its lifespan will end up in the surrounding environment.

Whilst flaky paint can pollute the environment, old powder coating is harmless.

Why should outdoor furniture be powder coated?

For outdoor furniture to last a long time and retain its appearance it must be built to last.

Outdoor furniture with the best longevity is built from robust materials and protected by a durable finish, ideally a powder coating.

You can find outdoor furniture in a variety of environments, some of which will be less extreme than others. For example, benches installed in an outdoor space belonging to a commercial business will experience less footfall and hard wear than street furniture.

Some outdoor furniture may also be installed in more sheltered positions than others. For example, street furniture installed under a covered bus stop or sheltered by a nearby building will be better protected from the elements than a bench on the top of a hill in a town park.

No matter where your outdoor furniture is installed though, it must be built to endure extreme conditions if you want it to last.

Some of the factors that cause the condition of outdoor furniture to deteriorate include:

To protect outdoor furniture’s structure and appearance from these external factors, a protective finish must be applied to any metal parts.

Usually, metal furniture is either finished with exterior paint or powder coating.

Outdoor furniture and street furniture should be powder coated rather than painted if you’re looking for a finish that is practical as well as aesthetically pleasing.

Powder coating finishes perform much better than liquid paint when applied to outdoor furniture. The thermal bonding process that occurs during the application of powder coating makes the finish much more tough and durable than liquid paint. It can also be applied in thicker layers than paint.

This physical toughness means that powder coating looks better for longer and provides more effective protection against all of the factors listed above that so often cause damage to outdoor furniture.

If you’re looking for a cost-effective finish for outdoor or street furniture, then powder coating wins hands down.

Tomburn powder coatings for outdoor furniture

Here at Tomburn, we have been powder coating outdoor furniture for over four decades.

We are compliant with BS 12206 and you can rely on our pioneering powder coatings to perform to the highest standards.

For further information about our powder coatings and the benefits of powder coating for street furniture, give our team a call on 02392 692 020.



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