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Environmentally Friendly Protection Against Corrosion

Posted on: March 8th, 2017 by byersbushblog

Use as an alternative to the traditional liquid paint that many of us know, powder coating makes use of an advanced process where finely ground particles are electrostatically charged and sprayed on the surface of the object to be coated. The result is a hard and durable finish that is considerably better than what can be done with conventional liquid paint. Why is it environmentally friendly?

Advantages of Powder

In powder coating, the parts have to be heated so that the powder can be melted to create a coat that will chemically and physically bond with the material’s surface. The great thing with this type of coating method is that the surface becomes almost scratch-, fade-, and chip-resistant. It is comparatively stronger than conventional paint, which means that it lasts longer and does not require recoating for a significant number of years.

Once it has sprayed on the surface of the material to be coated, it will be placed in a giant oven where it will be baked. The powder particles will be melted by the heat and fuse with the surface resulting in the smooth coat. The finish is equally attractive, uniform, and safe. So why is it considered environmentally safe? Because of the following reasons:

  • It has no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs);
  • No solvents are used, reducing the risk of fire and allowing for better waste disposal;
  • Generates less waste;
  • Recycling of the powder can be done using extraction systems;
  • Shorter processing time for the powder;
  • Operators are not at risk from the materials;
  • Newer powders can be cured at lower temperatures to conserve energy; and
  • Some types of powder coatings have higher chemical and physical resistance resulting in reduced transportation and storage cost.

Friend of the Environment

The powder coating process was initially used during the 1960s in Australia. This process used for coating metal structures is considered comparatively friendlier to the environment as against conventional liquid coatings and traditional powder coatings.

Because of the advantages stated above, it does not pose danger to human health or directly harms the environment. Even if it is over sprayed, it can still be recycled. This means that as much as 92% of the coating can be used with only a small percentage considered a waste.

The waste material is less hazardous to that produced by conventional liquid coatings. This means that it will not cause harm even to water supplies because there are no heavy metals involved like cadmium and lead for example. There is no waste water discharge directed to public sewers, ground water, or even the earth’s surface.

In terms of carcinogenic substances or agents, there is none. So the cells of the operators will not develop cancer even if exposed to powder coating for an extended time. The by-products of the process are as harmless as the actual powder coating process itself.

Affordable and Effective

Aside from being environmentally friendly, the entire powder coating process is also kind to your wallet. This is because as a durable coating, it can last for a considerably long time, which means there is no need to repeat the process at once.

It also does not require several coats to get a smooth and shiny finish, unlike paint. So, you save from the amount you have to pay for the powder. You also do not have to wait for a long time as powder coating can be finished in as fast as an hour. There is no problem when it comes to color, texture, and effects. Powder coating can offer a lot of options that you cannot get with paint. This means less amount of travelling from one store to another to get the perfect match. So you save on gas as well.

To make sure that environmentally friendly powder coating can deliver the results you expect, give a call to Byers Bush. We are a professional at delivering quality powder coating result to your important projects.

Powder Coating Protection for Your Marine Investment

Posted on: March 4th, 2017 by byersbushblog

How much have you invested in your boat? Would it be safe to say that it is a substantial amount of money? If that is the case, then shouldn’t you be ensuring that it remains in the best shape possible? One of the best ways to protect your marine investment is to have it powder coated. Why?

Preservation

One of the best ways to preserve the beauty of the metal fixtures of your boat for many years is to use powder coating. This process allows you to give the best protection against saltwater corrosion for all the metal parts of your boat. The great thing is that preservation can extend to the boat fixtures as well.

When you realize that the mixture of air, sunshine, water, and salt are all contributory factors to the formation of corrosion of metals, then you definitely need to use powder coating in every marine environment.

Properly executing the powder coating process will give protection to virtually all types of metals including aluminum and stainless steel. Boat parts made from these metals will benefit from superior and durable finish when proper powder coating is done.

Parts and Fixtures

Exactly what parts and fixtures of the boat can be subjected to powder coating? You can never underestimate the strength of powder coating when it comes to protecting the metal finish of your boat. The great thing with powder coating is that it maintains its protective barrier in typically all types of weather.

Want something that is easy to maintain and clean? Powder coating is the answer. Would you want to have the convenience of easily maintaining the clear coating of marine brass work or even copper fittings? If you are a boat owner, you know how challenging it could be to preserve the shine and luster of these metal parts in your boat. Would you really want to keep on buffing and polishing for hours?

Have colored rails, no problem, powder coating can match any color of boat parts that you have because of the wide selection available. So what other marine parts can be subjected to powder coating?

  • Towers;
  • Rails;
  • Outdrives;
  • Radar arches;
  • Boat gashes;
  • Fishing rod holders; and
  • Virtually any brass, copper, stainless, and aluminum fixtures on board.

The Work Options

It is understandable why some boat owners would consider sanding and painting rather than powder coating. Unfortunately, if you are dealing with a considerably large material, sanding it to get it cleaned can take a lot of your time. You also have to consider the amount of time to completely paint it. This would depend on how many coat of paints you want to use.

Sandblasting would be a good work option, however, if you are dealing with an anodized protective finish, then you have to know that this process will make it turn dull and gray. You may opt to prime it using zinc chromate before painting, but this will only add up to the work you need to do.

So, enter powder coating into your work options. Cost-wise, it would be almost equal to having the material primed and painted. However, powder coating would mean significantly less labor for you and quite possibly with impressively better result.

How to Do It

The initial step is to bake the material in an oven.  This prepares the frame for final coating by baking it at a higher temperature. The higher temperature removes the possibility of gassing. By baking the material, it becomes easier to remove the old sealant, putty, and other dirt on the materials.

After the material has been cooled, it can then be sandblasted. This ensures a completely clean surface that will pave the way for a smooth satin-like finish from the powder coating. The material needs to be electrically grounded followed by electrostatic spraying of the powder. This makes the powder stick to the surface of the material in a uniform fashion.

Once the powder has stuck to the surface it can then be oven baked. This melts the powder so that it flows and sticks to the metal to form a smooth coating that will be allowed to solidify. This leaves a smooth and shiny surface that is tough, corrosion resistant, and lasts longer than any painted surface will ever do.

When you consider all of these, powder coating is a minor expense for protecting one of your major investments. Contact Byers Bush to get the best powder coating possible and maximize your marine investment life time.

Refurbishing Old Radiator with Powder Coating

Posted on: March 1st, 2017 by byersbushblog

What do you do with an old cast iron radiator that is sitting in your home looking grimy and old? Would you consider refurbishing it or just throwing it out? If you want to bring back its old glory, one of the best ways to do it is to have the radiator powder coated. By undergoing the powder coating process, the cast iron radiator can gain a fresh new look and outstanding finish that will outshine even the best painting job. How do you do it?

Cast Iron

First off, why is cast iron used for radiators? This material was the choice for radiators even when it was first introduced during the Victorian era. The radiators brought about an air of authenticity to the period aside from the timeless beauty it added to the contemporary interiors at that time.

Aside from the outward appearance, cast iron is considered dense and has great mass that allows it to efficiently generate heat. This is why cast iron radiators are often believed to stay warm longer compared to other types of radiators. Even engineers and architects realize this unique characteristic of cast iron, which is why it has remained one of the more popular choices for heating element not only in many homes, but in buildings as well. Cast iron radiators have proven to be effective in negating the effects of dampness and condensation.

Coating Cast Iron Radiators

When considering how to coat cast iron radiators, it is important to note that it has a textured finish. This means that it will not be like steel radiators that have smooth finishes. If you want to paint your cast iron radiators you need to make sure that you use a low-odor paint. This will ensure that it will not give off fumes and foul smell as it begins to heat up.

The rougher finish is not that difficult to deal with so painting can be done easily. You can use a primer first before painting the radiator with a top coat. It is better to spray paint the radiator rather than using a hand brush. This makes it easier to reach between the columns and get a more even coating.

To get a tougher finish, consider powder coating the cast iron radiator instead. This will be subjected to sandblasting before coating. This will remove any old paint or coating and help you get a cleaner surface that will allow the powder coating to bond better with the cast iron. You have a choice of different colors as well as finishes for your radiator.

Despite the rough characteristic of the cast iron, you can achieve a smoother finish by using powder coating. The important thing to remember is to never expose the cast iron radiator to prolonged baking. This is because the gaskets will tend to deteriorate faster and may even result in leaking, which will invalidate any manufacturer guarantee that may still exist.

The size of the radiator will dictate just how much you will spend in refurbishing it using powder coating process. On the average, a small cast iron radiator may cost you around $28. This will include the entire powder coating process where the powder will be electrically charged and applied to the radiator surface using a special gun.

This allows for the surfaces to be coated uniformly. The radiator will be cured to about 400 degrees in an oven. This is beyond the 180 to 250 degrees operating temperature of the radiator so you need to make sure that it does not stay in the oven longer than necessary. When properly coated, you will end up with a durable, odorless, and scratch-resistant radiator surface. Normally, the ends and the tank of the radiator will be powder coated but not the fins. This is because the static electricity used to apply the powder coating may fill in some of the fins, which in turn will reduce the efficiency of the radiator.

If you want to make sure that the powder coating of the radiator is done properly, contact Byers Bush to have them professionally giving high performance powder coating to your old radiators and bring its glory back.

Powder Coating Non-Metal Materials

Posted on: February 9th, 2017 by byersbushblog

Fact: it is utterly challenging to powder coat non-metallic materials.  Why?  Because they lack the necessary electric conductivity that will support the entire electrostatic process that serves as the foundation for powder coating.  So does this mean it is impossible to powder coat non-metal materials?  Is there a workaround that can be easily done?  Let’s take a look.

Powder Coated Materials

There are a number of materials that are preferred for use with the powder coating process.  Obviously, the most commonly preferred is metal because of its high electric conductivity.  However, aside from metal, you may also use wood, composites, glass, plastic, and MDF among others.

With non-metal products, the first thing that you must establish is that the material should be able to withstand high temperatures.  For example, with plastics, most of these will melt once the temperature reaches 400 degrees; it will be simply too hot for it to withstand.  You also need to know how long the material can be subjected to high temperatures.

Powder Coating Non-Metallic Materials

Now, the challenge, how do you powder coat non-metallic items?  This is considering that they are not electrically conductive.  First off, when powder coating metals, electrostatic charge is used to allow the powder to attach to the metal for the duration that the material remains grounded.

For other non-metallic materials like glass, wood, or plastic that lack the electric conductivity, you cannot spray powder.  Why?  Because you will be wasting the powder, because there is no way that it will stick to the material and will just end up on the ground wasted.  What do you do?

One of the best solutions is to pre-heat non-metallic materials before they are subjected to the powder coating process.  Put the object in the oven and heat it up.  Afterwards, remove the object from the oven and apply the powder before the material completely cools down.  Once the powder comes in contact with the pre-heated section of the material, it will melt slightly upon contact allowing it to stick.

After completely coating the material, you can put it back into the over and allow it to cure normally to complete the process.  Some powder coating services have also suggested washing the material with water so that it creates a temporary conductive surface that will allow the powder to stick to allow for the powder coating process to continue.

Other Method

It is necessary to point out some precautions when doing powder coating on pre-heated, non-metallic items.  Some of the things that you must actively watch out for are:

  • Ensuring the powder coat is not too thick;
  • Overlooking the amount of powder used because it immediately melts upon contact; and
  • Making sure that the coat does not run like paint or create craters because this will affect the chip resistance of the finish.

Another avenue to pursue is a method known as hot-flocking, wherein you heat only the part that will be powder coated up to the point where the temperature can cure the powder.  Remove the material from the oven and spray the powder immediately.  The powder melts upon contact and will instantly flow.  Although seemingly simpler, the chances of applying too much coating increases.

Just like in powder coating metallic materials, the ability to coat several types of materials simultaneously is very possible.  This is even if many are not aware that non-metallic materials can be powder coated.  Achieving a beautiful finish similar to metallic objects can be done with a bit of patience.

The great news is that this expands you creative horizon allowing you to apply powder coat on virtually any type of materials (depending on its ability to withstand heat).  You can now execute beautifully crafted designs with ease.

If you need help with your powder coating needs, the 40 years of experience of Byers Bush Powder Coating Inc. will serve you well.  Contact Byers Bush today to get the benefits of high performance powder coating for metal and non metal equipment.

Powder Coating Benefits in Car Restoration

Posted on: February 6th, 2017 by byersbushblog

Have you ever tried to powder coat a car that is being restored?  If you haven’t then you may be missing out on something great.  Aside from giving you plenty of color choices, powder coating also offers numerous textures that can virtually match any type of finish that you want.  Regardless of the era, you can be sure that powder coating will deliver a finish that will match the original.  Let’s take a look at the powder coating benefits in car restoration compared to other processes.

Powder Coating

Let’s tackle powder coating first because you may not believe how magical a solution it is.  Visually, powder coating offers an excellent finish that is so durable that it will protect the metal parts from rust.  Less expense on anti-rust treatment is already a plus for you.

Now, what’s the take cost-wise?  Half a pound of powder normally runs at about $7 and the clear coat is priced the same so the total is $14.  That is the baseline for the materials that you will need.  Let us concentrate on this and assume that the cost of labor is the same for all restoration processes.  Cleaning the parts to bare metal will be part of the media blasting that should be covered by the labor.

Applying the powder coat on a clean bare metal, you have to put it in the oven for 20 minutes and allow it to cool down after.  Since we assumed that we would be using clear coat as well, that would be another 22 minutes of baking to completely coat the material.

So, for $14 and 44 minutes of coating, you get a beautiful and durable finish that will stay that way for at least 20 years

2 Parts Automotive Paint

This is an excellent choice if you’re going for an amazing look that is durable.  Rustproofing will also be covered due to the protection from the paint.  Price-wise, it is comparatively more expensive.  A quart or pint of automotive paint will cost you roughly $30.  You will also need to get a harder, which is another $30.

Depending on the type of finish that you want (glossy, semi-glossy, flat) you will need the matching type of clear coat.  Clear coats for automotive paints also require hardeners.  You also would need to spend for the primer.  At this point, the cost of the materials for the restoration is well over $100 for every gloss-level or color you want to use.

Several coats have to be applied and the paint gun requires cleaning in between the coats.  The time you have spent is already far beyond an hour considering that you also need to give the paint time to completely dry up before applying the next coat.

For more than $100 worth of supplies and quite possibly a whole day’s work, powder coating still seems to be the better choice.

Plating

Many of us are familiar with plating using materials like cadmium, zinc, nickel, and chrome among others.  If you choose chrome, you can be sure that it is expensive!  So you go down a bit and make use of chrome plating.

You can do the plating yourself with the use of a plating kit or have a plater do it for you.  Using a plater requires that you fill up a minimum order price.  So if the minimum for example is 100 brackets, it does not matter if you have only 1 or 10 brackets, you still pay the minimum price for 100 brackets.  Get the picture?

Durability-wise you have to be aware that the finish will eventually tarnish or get dull.  This means it will not last at least 20 years.  So powder coating still comes out on top.

Spray Painting

This is perhaps the cheapest and easiest option by far.  Will it look good?  Honestly, it will look cheap (just like the price you paid for it) and durability is questionable.  So if you truly value your car and you are serious in restoring it, you wouldn’t even be thinking about this option.

So when it comes to car restoration, there is no better option and value for your money than powder coating.  And when it comes to powder coating, there is no one else to turn to but Byers Bush Powder Coating Inc.  Contact Byers Bush to restore and protect your car parts to be more durable against rust with powder coating.