The PPA 571 coating protect metal fencing from corrosion for 15 years

Steps in Powder Coating Fence and Railing

Posted on: July 19th, 2017 by byersbushblog

Did you know that powder coating in general is a great solution in fighting rust? Powder coated materials are virtually maintenance-free and can withstand almost the harshest environmental conditions. So what goes into powder coating fence and railing? Let’s take a look.

Pre-Coating Process

Before the actual powder coating can begin, the fence and railing has to go through an extensive preparation process. The initial step is to inspect the material for defects. After that, professional powder coating services have a conveyor belt where the material will go through a pre-coating preparation process.

In the preparation stage the parts will undergo an extensive cleaning and drying procedure. In fact, the parts for powder coating will be cleaned several times. The parts may also be pre-treated with coating that has a fluoride additive.

After all the rinses and treatments, the parts have to be completely dried. Air compressor is normally used blasting air droplets at the speed of almost 200 miles per hour to remove the moisture from the surface of the material. To make sure that the part is completely dry, it will be subjected to heating to allow the remaining moisture to evaporate. Any moisture left in the material can ruin the entire powder coating procedure.

Powder Coating

The actual powder coating process will begin after all the cleaning, rinsing, and drying have been completed. Automatic guns will apply the powder. The powder is made up of miniscule electrostatic charged particles that are strongly attracted to the fence and railing. Why will it stick? The spray guns make the particles negatively charged while the fence and railing will be grounded. As science tells us, opposing charges will attract each other resulting in a durable bond.

To further strengthen the bond, the powder coated material will be placed in a curing oven. It will be subjected to extremely high temperatures so that the powder cures and creates in a smooth, even, and long-lasting coating.

Advantages of Powder Coating

So why should you choose the process of powder coating fence and railing instead of painting it? There are a number of valid and sensible reasons that you can consider. These include:

  • Maintenance-Free – unlike paint, powder coated fence or railing does not require maintenance. The powder coated material benefits from the strong and long lasting coat that there is no need to reapply it. The coating acts as a layer of protection so that even if it is exposed to the elements, the coating will hardly fade.
  • Extreme Durability – we have all seen it, a beautifully painted surface begins to peel and crack after a couple of years. With powder coating, the fence and railing will not peel crack, blister, or develop rust. This means that its beauty will be preserved and you end up saving money. Powder coating when done properly can even last your entire life.
  • Environment Friendly – there is little to no impact on the environment when you use powder coating. Very little water is used in the process. And whatever water is used can be treated and reused with the help of a wastewater treatment facility. Powder coating also does not involve the dangerous volatile organic compounds that are associated with paints.
  • Variety of Colors –powder coating offers a variety of colors beyond the standards. This mean that you can actually select any color shade that you want. Creating custom colors is also possible with powder coating so there is no reason why you cannot have the color that you want.

How can you be sure that you will get all of these when powder coating fence and railing? Make sure that you get only the best professional service possible. Call Byers Bush Powder Coating today and let them help you with your needs for a durable shield protection in powder coating

Resurrecting Rusted Trailer with Powder Coating

Posted on: July 17th, 2017 by byersbushblog

Each of us has that one restoration project that we eventually want to get on with. For some it can be resurrecting a rusted trailer. Whenever you deal with rusted metal you can be sure that it would be a tedious process that would involve welding, sandblasting and powder coating. How do you do it?

Sandblasting

This is one of the most effective ways of clearing rust off the surface of metals. Sandblasting describes a process where extremely fine bits of play sand are ejected through a nozzle at a high velocity with the intention of cleaning the surface.

There are 3 things needed to do the sandblasting process. You would need the abrasive (play sand or other similar materials), air compressor, and the blaster nozzle. The high speed abrasive material launched at the surface of the metal knocks loose all its imperfections. It can then be washed off to retain an unbelievably smooth surface ready to accept a new coating.

Before you can proceed to the powder coating process, you need to prime the newly cleaned trailer surface. Why? Introducing a primer spray will help to prevent rust and corrosion from forming. It is important to always have the right tools to make the sandblasting process easier.

The compressed air needs to be able to hold enough amounts of compression to deliver intense blasting for a sustained period. The compressor should be able to reload in a fairly quick time as well so that you can get back to clearing the other areas with significantly acceptable waiting time. The longer it takes for the compressor to build air back up, the longer it will take you to finish sandblasting.

The diameter of the dictates the amount of area that you can sandblast at a particular time. Considering an average size of about 35,000 square inches of trailer, it would take you more than 20 man hours of sandblasting if your nozzle only allows you to cover about 8 square inches in 5 minutes for example.

Gaining Efficiency

There is no question that sandblasting is extremely effective. However, to be efficient in this process you would need to get the right tools. Like just any other job, when you have the right tools on hand, you do the job not only better, but faster as well.

Why is it necessary to efficiently sandblast a rusted trailer? Remember that sandblasting represents the cleaning process. If it is not done efficiently, some rust and corrosion may remain on the metal. This will result in a bumpy powder coating finish. The remaining rust, when covered with primer will also continue to destroy the metal from within.

Keep in mind that sandblasting is not only recommended for efficiently cleaning steel, it can also be applied on copper, brass, iron, aluminum, and even glass. Fabricated parts, castings, and pipes can be cleaned both inside and out. If you want to get the best results from sandblasting, it is best to leave it to the experts.

Coating Protection

What is the relationship between sandblasting and powder coating rusted trailer? Now that you have cleaned up the surface, you can begin to apply protection against corrosion. It is important to note that new trailers come with corrosion protection so there is no need to worry with new ones.

Once the original coating begins to peel or wear off, this is a sign that you should start considering powder coating to provide the trailer with an early protection against corrosion damage. Catching rust just as it begins to show helps to stop degrading the metal.

If you are restoring an already rusted trailer, the combination of sandblasting and powder coating will resurrect its appearance giving it an almost new look. Quality powder coating is essential to ensure that your newly resurrected trailer will be able to stand up to the varying weather conditions. If you live near the ocean, powder coating can provide adequate protection against the salt water.

Will the coating wear out? Over time it will, gradually. But that can be a very long time depending on how you maintain the new powder coating of your once rusted trailer.

To get the best results in giving your precious tools a shield against corrosion, make sure that you call on Byers Bush Powder Coating immediately!

Reasons to Powder Coating Saw Machine Blades

Posted on: July 15th, 2017 by byersbushblog

In case you don’t know, powder coating is one of the most durable finishing processes today. In fact, it is more durable than paint and delivers better coverage. The transfer efficiency of powder coating can be as much as 80% and it is comparatively easy to clean up after the procedure. There are also just a couple of things needed to do the basic powder coating process. Why is powder coating saw machine blade suggested?

The Saw Machine

These types of machineries commonly come with either a long or circular sharp blade that has a continuous band of toothed metal that extends between two or more wheels to allow it to cut through various types of materials. The saw machine can commonly be found when working with metalwork, woodwork, and lumbering among others.

 

Most of the time the machine can be operated with the help of a foot switch. The foot pedal will automatically cause the machine to clamp on the material to initiate the convenient cutting operation. The concealed sawblade can also cut in an upward direction. Some saw machines are capable of working simultaneously on multiple workpieces.

 

Oil mist is used for automatic cooling and lubrication during cutting. Stable cutting speed is achieved with the help of an air and hydraulic cutting feed combination cylinder. Most saw machine cabinets are powder coated at 200 degrees to help resist bumping as well as paint peeling.

 

With a cutting angle of 45 and 90 degrees, a convenient door can be used to replace the sawblade. Opening the side of the door allows for easy removal and replacement of the door. There is also a chip outlet port that allows for the elimination of chips deposited in the machine during cutting to make it easier to clean.

 

The Powder Coating Process

What is the powder coating process? It is widely considered as an attractive, durable, and cost-effective painting option. Yes, it is a type of paint that comes in powder form and does not contain solvents or chemical fillers. There are also no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) associated with powder coating unlike wet paint coating.

 

The process itself begins by completely cleaning the surface to ensure that all contaminants like oils, dust, and corrosion is removed from the surface. Old coating will also have to be removed. Once the cleaning stage has been completed, the material moves into an enclosed and ventilated spray booth area.

 

This is where the material gets dosed with slight negative electrical charge so that it binds with the powder that is applied using a specialized nozzle. The nozzle creates a positive charge on the paint particles allowing it to be attracted to the negatively charged surface. This will result in a smooth and even coating of paint.

 

The workpiece will then be moved into the curing oven. The powder will usually be cured at 200 degrees for a time of 10 minutes. There is no clear cut rule on the curing schedule as it depends largely on the specifications of the manufacturer. Now that you have an idea of the process, let’s take a look why powder coating saw machine blade should be considered.

 

The Advantages

Like many metal parts, the sawblade can benefit from the powder coating process. For the average fellow, powder coating is not only simple, but it can make sawblades look better and protects it to make it last longer by preventing its immediate dulling.

 

There are literally thousands of products treated with powder coating. This can be as small as a sawblade and as big as a bulldozer. Many household items are also protected by powder coating without you realizing it. If the toughest and roughest machineries can benefit from this finishing, what more for a sawblade?

 

The high quality finish of the powder coating process is further emphasized by the fact that it has very little impact on the environment. Aside from negligible levels of VOCs, it also is almost pollution-free and lasts longer than any wet paint coating.  The unused or over sprayed coat can be recycled and reused, which means you save a lot of money due to minimal waste.

 

Make sure that you contact Byers Bush Powder Coating if you are going to choose powder coating for your metal equipment. We are a professional at delivering advantages of powder coating against rust.

 

Protect Your Tools by Choosing Powder Coat over Paint

Posted on: July 13th, 2017 by byersbushblog

How much do you love your tools? I mean, if you work with them all the time, then surely you would want to make sure that these are protected from damage. There are two common ways that you can protect your precious tools; powder coating and painting. Now what would work best for you is not only a matter of preference. Obviously, both have their own unique strengths that you must consider. So if you are wondering which way to go, this is a good time to know more.

Paint Coating

The wet paint material is normally sprayed on a surface using air-powered sprayers or guns. Many would attest to the efficiency and effectiveness of this process. Paints come in different forms like solvents, thinners, and oil-based.

Due to environmental concerns, many prefer to use water-based paints in an attempt to reduce volatile organic compounds released in the air. These toxic compounds are released during the spraying process. You can also get textured finishes with wet paint, but this has to be applied in 2 separate coatings.

Powder Coating

The powder coating process on the other hand relies on the use of a dry film-like placed over a surface and baked to cure the film so that it results in a sturdy coating. This is a relatively easy process to do as long as some requirements are observed.

A spray gun needs to be used to ensure that the powder becomes electronically charged. The material to be coated should also be grounded to ensure that the powder sticks properly to the surface. When this is achieved, proper bonding and even coating can be observed in a short time.

To help the charging, the surface of the material has to be cured in temperatures of 300 to 350 degrees for 15 to 30 minutes. Consistency is easy to achieve because it is designed in the powder together with the surface texture, color, and gloss of the coating. Powder coating is ideally used for furniture, cabinets, lawn equipment, and tools.

How durable is powder coating for your tools? Extremely durable provided that the process is properly applied.

Professional Powder Coating

When you avail of professional powder coating services, you will see that there are two common configurations used for the line; batch or automated. What is the difference between the two?

In a batch powder coating line, the parts are prepared, coated, and cured systematically by batches. Multiple parts are handled by operators with the products normally hanging from metal rolling racks. These racks move with the parts during the powder coating process.

In a batch line configuration the parts will manually go from one stage to another. Batch coating systems is usually associated with operations involving large objects that are individually powder coated. These objects are moved using the hands or machinery.

For the automated powder coating line, the same principle used in batch coating systems apply. The big difference is that the stages are connected using a motorized conveyor belt. The conveyor is responsible for moving the parts at a constant rate through the powder coating process.

Multiple objects can be loaded on the conveyor, which can be manually or automatically operated. After the parts have been coated, it is all moved to the curing oven and allowed to cool while on the conveyor. After which the parts can be unloaded.

How durable is powder coating for your tools, furniture, cabinets, and lawn equipment? The tough finish delivered by powder coating is undeniably stronger than any wet paint coating. It also looks better and has comparatively smooth consistency regardless of the experience of the operator.

To make sure that you get the most from this green process of quality powder coating result, call on Byers Bush Powder Coating today!

 

Preparation Steps before Doing Powder Coating

Posted on: July 11th, 2017 by byersbushblog

Specific steps have to be taken when attempting to powder coat a material. This is necessary to ensure that the finished product is flaw-free and can withstand the elements. By following a proven method of preparation, you can be assured majority of the problems can be avoided. How do prepare a material for powder coating?

Disassembly

Although this is the first step, you must recognize that not all materials for powder coating have to be disassembled. This means that this will be done on a case-to-case basis only.  Normally, disassembly will be required if there are plastic, rubber, wiring, or gasket components. These must be removed because they will not standup to the heating process of powder coating.

Special mention should be made with magnets because these can be demagnetize while baking the material. Take note of how the material is assembled so you can put it back properly. If necessary take pictures of where the disassembled parts go as well as how the object looks like before you take it apart.

Keep in mind that because everything is metal does not mean that you do not have to take it apart. Sometimes powder coating the parts separately delivers a better and longer lasting result.

Cleaning

This is obviously one of the most important preparatory steps in powder coating. A thorough cleaning will remove all types of dirt and grime sticking to the material. This will ensure that the powder will stick properly to the material and melt off nicely to give you that flawless look. There are numerous types of cleaning products in the market depending on the type of material that you need to clean or even degrease.

Stripping

Why do you need to strip the material if it has already been cleaned? For powder coating to work properly, you have to remove all previous coatings. So if the material has not been subjected to any coating process before, you can skip this part of the preparation. This step actually helps a lot as it saves you time sandblasting.

Outgassing

This is another optional preparation stage since not all materials have to be outgassed. The best candidates for outgassing are the parts that have been exposed to greasy environments. What is outgassing by the way? This is a pre-baking process where the part is heated at a higher temperature and at a longer time before the actual coating.

Why is this done? To heat up the accumulated oil inside the part and release it so that it will not hamper the coating. This process would normally emit some smoke due to the burning of the oil. Failing to do this on oily materials can result in a bumpy coating. There is no set procedure on how outgassing is done but many prefer to do it at a temperature of 440 degrees for 30 minutes.

Sandblasting or Phosphate Coating

Which is which, do you sandblast or phosphate coat? Sandblasting cleans the part to reveal the bare metal and gives it a texture that makes the powder coat to stick better. Every area of the metal should be sandblasted completely and thoroughly. Be aware that not all parts are applicable for sandblasting so these should be masked off beforehand. You cannot handled the sandblasted part after this, you need to use clean gloves.

Phosphate coating is a sandblasting alternative but does not provide the same level of adhesion. This is commonly used when there is a need to powder coat thousands of parts per day because it is significantly faster to do. The durability of the coating will suffer though. If you really want to get the best durability and adhesion results, you can actually sandblast and phosphate coat the material after.

Post-Sandblast Cleaning

After sandblasting you have to clean the part again because it will be covered with sandblasting dust. You need to wear clean gloves to remove the part from the cabinet and spray off the sandblasting dust using an air compressor. You have to ensure that clean air is going through so if necessary, fit your air line with a moisture removal filter. This avoids contamination of the part.

After cleaning with compressed air, aggressively scrub it with a stiff bristled brush and blow it with air once more. Denatured alcohol can be used to clean it without residue afterwards. You can make sure that there are no other residues on the part by using a propane hand torch. This also helps in the evaporation of the denatured alcohol.

 

Masking

This is applicable only to some parts. The important thing to remember is that this should be done with a pair of clean gloves on your hand. This is the last step before of the preparation before doing powder coating so you do not want any dirt or grease to get on the part at this point. Make sure that your workbench is clean as well.

 

Hanging

Use clean hooks of different sizes to hang the bare parts. Obviously, you will need stronger hooks to hang the bigger parts. You do not want your clean and ready to powder coat parts to suddenly drop on the floor and repeat the cleaning process over. When powder coating on grounded racks, the hooks should be of bare metal so that it becomes a conductive element.

 

Contact Byers Bush Powder Coating to get the best powder coating results, and become at peace while knowing your precious tools is professionally protected with powder coating.