Why designers like prepainted metal
Prepainted metal provides advantages in both design flexibility and in the eventual realisation of that design through fabrication and manufacture.
Advantages in design
Prepainted metal provides a very high quality painted surface in a wide array of colours and textures. It is even available with printed films to give effects such as wood-grain. Prepainted metal can be highly matt or highly glossy, smooth, orange-peel or embossed. It is also available in all the usual steel and aluminium grades and alloys so you can balance formability and strength.
Prepainted metal is the choice for sustainable design. The paint films are generally thinner than post-applied films, but they still give better performance for longer. So, you use less paint and cut down or even eliminate maintenance and re-painting.
The industrialised nature of coil coating not only gives the best assurance of quality, batch after batch, but means that environmental impacts are dealt with at source, efficiently and with the minimum of environmental impact - far less than in post-applied paint shops.
Advantages in production
Using prepainted metal saves money across the board and makes the manufacturing operation run smoother. Productivity and yield are improved, while manufacturing, energy, inventory and financial costs are reduced.
Prepainted metal reduces or even eliminates the major bottleneck in a finishing operation - the paint lines. Capacity constraints are minimised, potentially improving ROCE.
The cost of complying with environmental regulations is significantly reduced, or even eliminated. The cost of the disposal of hazardous waste associated with the painting operation is eliminated.
Scheduling problems and the costs associated with batch-type processing are minimised or removed altogether. Since input material is more directly related to output, the processing time is reduced and wqith it, stocks are minimised.
The consistent quality of coil coated materials reduces the need for re-work and lowers non-conformance levels and associated costs. Above all, using prepainted metal allows the manufacturer to concentrate on their core competencies and leave the production of high-quality paint finishes to the experts.