Dance Poles come in a variety of finishes. The most common are stainless steel, chrome, powder coated, titanium gold, and brass. Powder coating is said to have a “grip” similar to brass, but is much more cost effective, and looks a lot prettier. As the need for a “grippier” material increases, powder coating seems to be gaining popularity in the pole dance world. Though it’s nothing new for us here at Lil Mynx, the word is out about the better grip of powder coated dance poles.
Powder coating is a high-quality finish that protects the roughest, toughest machinery as well as the household items you depend on daily, such as household appliances, drum hardware, automobile and bike parts, and even dance poles. It provides a more durable finish than liquid paints can offer, while still providing an attractive finish. Powder coated products are more resistant to diminished coating quality as a result of impact, moisture, chemicals, ultraviolet light, and other extreme weather conditions. In turn, this reduces the risk of scratches, chipping, abrasions, corrosion, fading, and other wear issues. It’s tough, looks great, and lasts a long, long time. Not only is powder coating durable, but also an attractive choice due to environmental advantages.
Since we began over a decade ago, Lil Mynx has been powder coating dance poles. We discovered that not only is powder coating a way to have a pole in a variety of colors and designs, but it also provided a much better grip than plain stainless steel. In fact, we began using only powder coated poles, but then decided to add plain stainless steel dance poles.
Each different metal and material used to make a dance pole provides a different amount of “grip”. Stainless steel usually has the least amount of grip, while brass usually has the most “grip”. Those desiring a pole finish with more “grip”, thought that brass (or a similar metal) was the only option. The downside: brass is much more expensive than stainless steel. Lil Mynx discovered a new option for those seeking a better grip, without the more expensive price tag – powder coating.
Another downside to brass poles is the greater friction and grip sometimes causes more wear and tear on your hands. Powder coating isn’t too “tacky”, so you can still do tricks on static mode and on spinning mode. It’s not super tacky… you can still do tricks on static mode yet you can stay on the pole long enough to dance on spinning mode.
Though brass poles are thought to provide the most friction and best grip, that friction can cause extra wear and tear on your hands.
Another great thing about powder-coated poles as opposed to brass is no more smelling like brass! Brass has a very distinct “metal” smell, and once you’ve danced on a brass pole, you will smell like that very distinct “metal” smell too.
Powder coating myths:
Myth 1: Skin can rip or burn from the friction.
Brass is more likely to cause pole burn than powder coating since it can get very hot.
Myth 2: Irritating to Skin
Powder coating is safe and gentle on skin, and is found in many household items that you probably have lying around the house already.
Myth 3: Similar to Spray Paint
Powder coating is a free-flowing, dry powder. The main difference between most liquid paints and powder coating is that powder coating doesn’t require a solvent to keep it in liquid suspension form. The coating is applied electrostatically and then cured under heat. This process forms a “skin”, which is a finish that is tougher than conventional paint.
Though powder-coated poles provide excellent grip and are a colorful option, there is no one material that is right for every person. Consider these factors when deciding which pole material is best for you:
Temperature – stainless steel and chrome usually have to be warmed up. Warmer poles provide better grip. However, a metal pole (such as brass) can burn when it gets too hot.
Weather and Climate – hot and humid weather tends to be tricky since it is warmer, thus not requiring much warm-up of the pole, but the humidity means a more slippery environment.
Skin Type – drier hands and skin tend to stick to materials that provide more “grip”, while sweaty hands and oilier skin tends to slip and slide off stainless steel and chrome materials.
Also, some say that stainless and chrome poles get better and better with use, and need to be “broken in”.
We hope that clears up some of the facts and myths about powder coating. Though it seems like many are just discovering the advantages of powder-coated poles, we continue to be an experienced and knowledgeable provider of the best and most colorful dance poles. As always, we proudly make all of our products in the USA.