Electroplating Vs. Powder Coating: What Are The Differences?

26 Apr, 2023 Upperdog

If you’ve ever needed to mask a metal surface, you may have wondered about the differences between electroplating and powder coat masking. Both techniques have their benefits and drawbacks, so it’s important to know the differences before deciding which masking products to use. Our experts are on hand to explain.

What Is Electroplating Masking?

Electroplating is the process of masking a metal surface with a thin layer of another metal using an electrical current. The metal being masked is first placed in an electrolyte solution of metal ions. The current is then applied to the metal, causing the ions to bond to the metal’s surface.

Electroplating masking can be used for a wide variety of purposes, such as improving corrosion resistance or increasing durability.

What Is Powder Coat Masking?

Powder coat masking, on the other hand, involves spraying a dry powder onto a metal surface. Usually, this powder is made of a mixture of pigments, resins, and other additives. Once it’s been applied, the powder is cured in an oven which causes it to melt and form a hard, durable coating.

This technique is often used for outdoor furniture, automotive parts, and other products that need to withstand harsh conditions.

The Differences Between Electroplating And Powder Coat Masking

Generally speaking, powder coat masking is a dry process, while electroplating masking involves producing a liquid solution. However, there are other significant differences too.

Thickness Of The Coating

Electroplating typically results in a thin layer of masking, while powder coating can be thicker and more durable.

Coating Specific Areas Of A Metal Object

Powder coating masking supplies can be applied to a metal object’s entire surface, while electroplating masking is more often used to coat specific areas of the object.

Levels Of Customisation

Electroplating can be used to create intricate designs and patterns, and the final product can have a shiny, polished finish. Powder coating on the other hand is usually available in a range of different colours and textures, but doesn’t offer the same level of customisation.


While both techniques are relatively inexpensive, powder coating masking supplies will generally be more cost-effective over the long term. Though the initial price could be higher, powder coating offers savings on energy, waste disposal, labour, and production. The exact price of the masking products will depend on the size of the object being coated and the complexity of the design.


In terms of environmental impact, powder coating masking supplies are often seen as the more eco-friendly option. This is because powder coating doesn’t involve the use of harmful chemicals or metals, and the powder itself can be recycled.

Masking Products At Hi-Tek

Both electroplating and powder coating offer benefits and drawbacks, and the choice between the two will likely depend on your specific needs. If you’re looking for a highly customisable finish, electroplating would be the better option. If you’re more concerned about durability, then you should opt for powder coating masking supplies.

Whichever option you choose, we have you covered with our large range of masking products.

At Hi-Tek, we’re specialists in masking for powder coating and electroplating. If you have any questions, why not get in touch? Give us a call on 01202 661300 or fill out our online contact form.