>>>>>Powder is not any stronger than paint, and you will never get (even after clear powder over the color) the quality of shine that you can get with paint. Also if powder chips, you cannot touch it up, it has to be re-done. I prefer paint, it is not as brittle and can take rock hits (usually) better than powder can. Main reason people powder stuff is because it is alot cheaper than paint. <<<<<<
Put down the crack pipe and walk away <gg>.
Powder is a hell of a lot harder than paint. I've sandbkasted enough frames and wheels to know the difference - and the paints used by bike makers can';t hold a candle to powders for strength and durability.
As far as shine and gloss goes, again you're way off. Maybe the powders of 10 years ago didn;t shine, but I've applied some chrome powders that are as shiny as a mirror. the translucent colors that overlay the chromes really shine and are available in a rainbow of colors.
Powdercoating can also be wetsanded and polished just like paints are, and the shine that that process produces is nothoing short of amazing.