|Is Paint or Powder Coat better for bird cages?|
|Not an easy question to answer. First of all, the first rule of spending applies to bird cages as it does to furniture or automobiles. You-get-what-you-pay-for. Due to international market forces, today anyone with as much money as it takes to buy a new luxury car can go the China or Pakistan and order a few truck loads of cages on the cheap.
$250 Macaw cages or $35 Wrought Iron Conure cages are plentiful on the internet. We won’t sell them at birdandparrot.info. We feel (and we’ve seen most of them up close and personal) cages you see on the internet at bargain basement prices can not be guaranteed to have toxic free metal and coatings. You-get-what-you-pay-for.
Powder coatingcan be a very durable finish. Having operated a power coat facility for 2 years I worked with both the electrostatic process and fluid powder bed. Lessons learned hands on enable me to be a stickler for powder coating quality. All out bird cage vendors meet criteria we developed over the past 17 years:
Most of the cages at birdandparrot.info are powder coated. When we talk about painted cages the company we think of is Prevue Hendryx so I’ll let them explain how paint goes on cages:
“Painted finishes – should always be baked on during the painting process. To avoid future rusting, immediately use touch-up paint on any chipped or scratched areas.
All epoxy liquid paint, epoxy powder coatings, and all plating finishes used on Prevue cages are laboratory-tested to be “Child Safe and Pet Safe”… of paramount importance. Lead-based coating materials are never used.”