How to Repair a Chipped Powder Coat

by Serena DeLorenzo
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Powder coating is used on a variety of surfaces including automobiles, recreational equipment and patio furniture. Chips, scratches and gouges form over time in powder coating, as these surfaces are exposed to abrasive objects and substances. Repairing this damage can be extremely expensive, if done professionally. Save yourself time, money and a huge headache by making minor repairs at home using items you can find in any hardware store.

Step 1

Remove any loose paint from the chipped area, by scrubbing lightly with a fine-grit sandpaper. This also removes surface contaminates.

Step 2

Wash the exposed surface and surrounding area with a mild detergent or item-specific cleaner -- such as a vehicle cleaner or metal cleaner -- and a soft rag.

Step 3

Rinse and dry the cleaned surface thoroughly.

Step 4

Dip a small paintbrush into your chosen paint color, and apply one coat of paint to the area.

Step 5

Allow the first layer of paint to dry, and then apply a second coat.

Apply a third coat, if necessary. Allow each successive coat to dry before applying another.


  • Rust-inhibiting paint will prevent the damage from spreading, and it will also prevent any exposed metal from rusting.
  • This repair works well for minor jobs, but can be unsightly and obvious if used on large patches. If you are concerned about aesthetics, it's better to seek out professional services.
  • A clear coat can be applied to the repainted area, if necessary, to match a glossy surface.

Items you will need

  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Mild detergent
  • Washcloth
  • Drying towel
  • Small paintbrush
  • Rust-inhibiting paint -- same color as the chipped item

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