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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-27-2009, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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I know this question is going to make me seem like a total n00b, but when it comes to cages, what is the difference between galvanized and powder-coated? Please help, I need the answer pretty quick. Thanks so much!!!
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Powder coating is like dry, powder paint that contains no VOCs (volatile organic compounds, which is basically toxins that could be harmful to people and animals).

Galvanized means that the metal is coated in zinc oxide so it will not rust. But I believe that rat urine will corrode the galvanized metal, and the zinc can also cause zinc poisoning. So I'd steer clear of that if possible...
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Go powder coated! ITS WORTH IT!
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Definately worth it.


If you are planning on buying a cage that is not powder coated, you may be able to find a local small business that does powder coating and is willing to powder coat any metal you bring them. My husband works in all aspects of construction, so we have these kind of tools out in the garage, which makes it easy for us. But a friend of mine had a cage powder coated by a local company years ago. Good Luck.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-28-2009, 05:36 AM
 
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Powder coated, looks much better than galv, over time it may chip, but it can be redone, like shannonmarie says, urine will rust galv, and has a zinc content, plus, at some places, you can choose which colour powdercoat you want :-)
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galvanized is uncoated and technically porous. Rat urine can and will soak into the metal so that it smells no matter how much you scrub as its now part of the cage. Powdercoated looks better, lasts longer and doesn't absorb smells..totally worth it

You have to think of your cage as an investment, and try to plan for a nice big one that will last years.

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Thanks for all the info, but I have one more question.
The cage I have now is covered in a white substance.
It's rather soft to the touch and chips a little.
Would that be powder-coated or galvanized?
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It sounds like pvc which is a plastic coating. I think they use it on bird cages and things? It doesn't hold up to rodent teeth and you end up with a partially galvanized cage in the end

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