After you’ve sorted your software out, and you understand what your kiosk hardware will look like, the next step is the overall appearance of the kiosk. There are a number of options available, so take time to consider them all and what works best for you and what you want to achieve. You not only need a kiosk with excellent functionality but that also draws in users, and successfully promotes the right message along with promoting your brand correctly.
The exterior needs to be considered in particular possible coatings, overlays and the various colour options available for your kiosk.
Spray Painting or Powder Coating?
Many people purchasing a kiosk are unaware of the differences between spray painting and powder coating along with liquid coating. Powder coating, is applied with a spray appliance, as a free-flowing, dry powder. Units are prepared for powder coating, so that the coating can then be applied electrostatically before it is preserved at 400 degrees for around 15 minutes. The powder coating will then create a hard finish, stronger than traditional paint.
Spray painting is less traditional, there are much newer gun designs around, that have helped to uneven finishes however their drawback is their durability. Powder coating is usually your best choice. In particular for surface finishing, especially if you know your kiosk will be exposed to regular sunlight, water, solvents and chemicals as well as heavy use and outside elements.
Liquid coating has many environmental and durability worries, therefore is usually not used.
Benefits of Powder Coating
They have a better hold to the surface; it’s also a much thicker coating and doesn’t run or sag. Most powder coatings are scratch resistant and tough with zero organic compounds.
They have a more even appearance, with very few glitches between horizontally surfaces and vertically coated surfaces.
They are more eco-friendly, and less dangerous, 97% of the over spray can be recovered.
You’ll often find you’ll have a choice of two or more colours of coating for your kiosk, helping to make it stand out more, and recognising that it is important for a kiosks design to look good.
Overlay helps to provide a more coarse appearance in comparison to the flat, one colour of powder and paint coatings. Overlays are available in a wide range of materials from steel finishes to wood finishes.
The owner of the kiosk has complete control of the look and feel of the overlay. It all depends on the kiosks audience and software application. You can incorporate the companies brand colours into the kiosk; it’s merely down to personal preference.
Steel overlays are usually the most popular; they give an industrial feel to your kiosk. Brushed steel overlays are different from acrylic steel overlays, as they don’t have the glitzy patterns, they are more reserved. They can be exploited with a wide range of applications and settings.
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Scecon Kiosk image by scecon via Flickr shared under a CC license.
Interactive kiosks in Images of Nature via nhm.ac.uk