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Powder Coating vs. Painting a Chassis

Posted on: February 18th, 2014 by byersbushblog

When you are finishing your race car, you have a couple of choices in regard to your chassis.  You can paint the chassis, or you can powder coat it.

It needs to be protected in some fashion so that it doesn’t end up looking rough and beat up.  Typically, we think of paint when we are finishing race cars.

However, powder coating your chassis is a much better choice.

The process of powder coating is pretty simple.  What makes it special is the material that is used.  Finely ground plastic mixed with a pigment to give it the desired color is sprayed on to the surface of the chassis through electrostatic transfer.

Powder coating can be used to treat many different products.  The secret to obtaining a perfect finish when powder coating is the preparation of the item.

The Process

You must have a smooth, clean surface before the powder coat is applied.  For that reason, the object should be sandblasted before the powder coating is applied.

Sandblasting will remove any rust, dirt, debris, or paint remnants from the surface so that it is flawless and ready to receive the powder coat.

This isn’t done just for vanity’s sake; the surface must be clean and smooth in order for the powder coat to properly adhere.

Sandblasting doesn’t just make the finished product look nicer.  It ensures that the powder coat is effective.

Once the chassis has been sandblasted, it must dry completely.  Rather than just allowing it to dry, it should be baked in a large oven.  This ensures that it is completely dry and there is no hidden, lingering moisture.

After the chassis has been dried in an oven, the powder coat can be applied.  The coating itself is composed of plastics that have been ground down into a fine powder.

The plastic powder is mixed with pigments in order to achieve the color that you desire.  It is applied to the chassis using a type of gun that looks a bit like a hair dryer.

The applicator gun gives the powder an electrostatic charge, which keeps the powder in place on the chassis until it is baked in the oven and solidified.

During the baking process, the powder melts and cures.  This creates a very uniform and durable finish on the chassis.

The Advantages

There are many advantages to powder coating.  First of all, it provides a very even and uniform finish.  It can be applied in a wide range and variety of colors.

There is no dripping or running with powder coating, as you might see with paint.  Perhaps most importantly, powder coating provides a durable finish.

It protects and preserves the metal underneath.  The chemicals that you use to maintain your car, like brake fluid, could eat through paint.

Powder coating, however, is resistant to those chemicals.  It won’t be damaged by brake fluid or any of the fluids that you use to care for your car.

Another benefit of powder coating is speed.  When you paint a chassis, it must cure for days before you can touch it.  When you powder coat a chassis, it is ready to go as soon as it has cooled down after baking.

Clearly, powder coating has many advantages.  You can learn more about powder coating your chassis or other item by contacting Byers Bush Powder Coating Inc.

We guarantee a quick, three day turnaround time, so you can get back to enjoying your race car as quickly as possible.  Get in touch with Byers Bush Powder Coating Inc. to learn more today!

Corrosion Protection Methods

Posted on: February 18th, 2014 by byersbushblog

Corrosion refers to the deterioration of metal.  This is caused by chemical reactions that occur between the metal itself and the surrounding environment.

One example of corrosion is rust.  The rate of corrosion can be slowed or stopped by using corrosion protection methods.

Let’s take a look at some of the methods that are used to protect surfaces from corrosion.

Environmental Modification Methods

As was previously stated, corrosion occurs as a result of chemical reactions that occur between the metal itself and the gases in the surrounding environment.

Therefore, corrosion can be slowed or stopped by removing the metal from the offending environment.

This can include simple steps, such as storing metal objects indoors, where they won’t be exposed to rain water.  It can also mean adjusting the environment that is affecting the metal.

One example of adjusting the environment in order to protect the metal is the water that is used in water heaters.

If the water is treated with softeners, the rate of corrosion of the metal water heater tank will be slowed significantly.

Choice of Metal

Corrosion can also be prevented by choosing a type of metal that is suitable for the purposes at hand.  Unfortunately, there is no metal that is impervious to corrosion.

However, selecting a metal that is appropriate for the environment and conditions can greatly reduce the rate of corrosion.

Certain alloys, such as Hastelloy nickel alloys, Nirosta steels, and Timetal titanium alloys can protect against corrosion in specific environments.

Paying attention to surface conditions also helps to slow corrosion.  Any cracks or wear and tear on the surface will increase the rate of corrosion.  Maintaining optimum surface conditions will help to reduce corrosion.

Corrosion Inhibitors

A corrosion inhibitor is a chemical that reacts with either the metal surface or the environment in order to interrupt the action of corrosion.

Inhibitors create a protective film on the metal surface. Corrosion inhibitors are often used in industries such as petroleum refining, oil and gas exploration, chemical production, and water treatment facilities.

One of the benefits of corrosion inhibitors is that they can be used as a form of corrective action rather than solely as preventive action.

If rust or corrosion is noted on a metal surface, a corrosion inhibitor can then be applied to stop the corrosion process.

Protective Coatings

Protective coatings, such as paint or powder coating, are also used to protect metal from corrosion.

Powder coating is a process that involves applying a protective outer layer to metal, thereby increasing its ability to resist rust, corrosion, and exposure to natural elements.

It is often used to coat and protect items that will be used outdoors, such as sporting equipment, patio furniture, or car parts.

The powder that is used in powder coating is composed of phosphates and a blend of fine metal particles, like titanium.  The exact combination of ingredients can vary from one manufacturer to another.

In any case, the coating is a fine powder that is sprayed on to metal substances and baked at high heat, which causes it to cure and form a durable finish.  It will prevent forms of deterioration, including rust, corrosion, and weather damage.

Powder coating a product is advantageous because it increases durability without significant increasing weight.

To learn more about how you can protect an item from corrosion through powder coating, contact Byers Bush Powder Coating Inc.

We have vast experience in the powder coating industry, and we guarantee to complete your project quickly while meeting the highest quality standards.

Get in touch with Byers Bush Powder Coating Inc. today!

What is Thermoplastic?

Posted on: February 18th, 2014 by byersbushblog

Thermoplastic is a form of plastic that is composed of polymer resins.  When heated, a thermoplastic becomes liquid; when cooled, thermoplastic hardens to a solid.

A thermoplastic can also be frozen, which creates a glass-like state, and it can shatter.  One of the things that is particularly interesting about a thermoplastic is that all of these states can be reversed.

A frozen or hardened thermoplastic can be reheated and returned to a liquid state or reshaped.  This also makes thermoplastic easy to recycle and reuse.

The Types

There are many different types of thermoplastics.  Each type differs in density and crystalline organization.

Common forms of thermoplastics include polyurethane, polypropylene, polycarbonate, and acrylic.  The first known thermoplastic was celluloid, which was introduced in the mid-1800s.

Celluloid remained the first choice in thermoplastics for nearly a century, even being used as a substitute for ivory at times.  Currently, celluloid is used primarily to manufacture guitar picks.

It is important to note the difference between thermoplastics and thermosetting plastics.  Although the names are similar, the products are different.

Thermoplastics can be heated until they reach a liquid state or cooled until they reach a solid state.  Thermosetting plastics, on the other hand, cannot withstand being subjected to heat.

If heated, thermosetting plastics will chemically deteriorate.  When cooled, however, thermosetting plastics are actually more durable than thermoplastics.

Some thermoplastics may be considered elastomers, but in general, there are differences between the two categories.

Thermoplastics will typically stretch to a certain point, but they will resist stretching and retain the shape into which they are stretched.  On the other hand, elastomers will bounce back after being stretched.

In some cases, plasticizers are added to the mix to create a pliable thermoplastic.  This method is often used for extrusion of plastic injection molding of thermoplastics.

The Process

A plasticizer functions by lowering the glass transition temperature of a material.  The glass transition temperature is the point when a material either becomes soft when heated or brittle when cooled.

The glass transition temperature is different for each type of thermoplastic; it is affected by the crystalline structure of the thermoplastic.

One can alter the glass transition temperature of a thermoplastic by joining it with a copolymer, such as polystyrene.

In the past, molded thermoplastics tended to crack in extremely cold weather.  The introduction of plasticizers solved that problem.

Thermoplastics are used to manufacture many products that we all encounter every day.  One common variety of thermoplastic is acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS).

ABS is used to make everything from sporting goods to Legos to car parts.  Another thermoplastic, polycarbonate, is used to make CDs, lenses for eyeglasses, and food storage containers.

Polyethylene is perhaps the most ubiquitous of thermoplastics.  You likely encounter it daily in the form of shampoo bottles and plastic shopping bags.

You can learn more about thermoplastic technology by getting in touch with Byers Bush Powder Coating Inc. Our management team has more than 80 years of experience in the industry.  We pride ourselves on exceptional service.

We will get your job done quickly; we guarantee a turnaround time of three days or less.  We don’t just get it done quickly, though.  We get it done right.

We strive for the lowest return rate in the industry, and if you aren’t completely satisfied, we will make it right.

You can count on Byers Bush Powder Coating Inc. to provide quality sandblasting and powder coating services when you need them. Call us right away!

What is Sandblasting?

Posted on: February 18th, 2014 by byersbushblog

The term “sandblasting” describes the practice of spraying fine particles at high velocity in order to clean a surface.  Sandblasting can also be used to etch a surface.

Sandblasting earned its name because, in the past, sand was typically used in the process.  However, we know now that inhaling the sand particles can cause a lung disease called silicosis.

Therefore, the practice of using sand for sandblasting has been replaced with using other materials, such as walnut shells, coconut shells, steel grit, copper slag, and more.

The type of material that is used in the sandblasting process depends upon the application; different media are appropriate depending upon the object being treated.

There are still risks associated with inhaling dust during the sandblasting process, so workers must wear protective clothing and use an alternate air supply while sandblasting.

The Components

Three components are used in the sandblasting process.  They are the abrasive material (such as steel grit or walnut shells), a blaster nozzle, and an air compressor.

The abrasive material, of course, provides the necessary friction to clean the surface.  The air compressor provides the velocity that is needed to clean the surface, while the blaster nozzle directs the forced air.

There are many types of blaster nozzles.  They come in a variety of materials and sizes, each of which is specified for a particular use.

Since blaster nozzles must routinely withstand such high pressures, they are constructed for maximum durability.  They can be constructed from materials including ceramic or tungsten carbide.

When sandblasting is used to etch a surface, there are a couple extra pieces that are required.  A workstation is used to hold the object that is being etched in place, and something is needed to catch excess dust.  Etching can be used to carve words or designs into glass and other materials.

In situations where sandblasting is used to clean a surface, it often serves as a primer before painting or sealing an object.

Sandblasting is an ideal method for priming a surface because it uses high velocity to rid a surface of any residue or imperfections.

It creates a very smooth, clean finish.  Then the item can be painted or sealed without any concerns of dirt or dust becoming trapped in the paint or sealant.

The item must be primed or sealed after sandblasting has been completed in order to prevent rust or corrosion.

The Advantages

Sandblasting can be used to clean many different items.  Anything from an antique toy car to an automobile to the hull of a ship or a bridge can be cleaned using sandblasting.

Sandblasting is particularly advantageous for cleaning large items.  To perfectly clean a large item, like a ship’s hull, by hand would be extremely time-consuming and labor intensive.

Employing sandblasting allows one to achieve a perfect finish without the great amount of time and labor that would be required by other methods.

Smaller items are brought to a shop and placed inside a booth in order to be sandblasted.  Very large or stationary items, like bridges, will of course remain in place to be sandblasted.

A crew will take the sandblasting equipment to the site.  They will put any necessary safety equipment in place to protect passersby, and perform the sandblasting on location.

To learn more about sandblasting services, contact Byers Bush Powder Coating Inc. We use sandblasting to prepare items for powder coating, anodizing, or painting.

Contact Byers Bush Powder Coating Inc. to find out more about our sandblasting services today.

What is Powder Coating?

Posted on: February 18th, 2014 by byersbushblog

Powder coating is treating a metal with a protective outer layer that increases its ability to resist rust, corrosion, and exposure to natural elements.  It is commonly used coat and protect items that will be used outdoors.

The powder coating substance is typically made of phosphates and a blend of fine metal particles, such as titanium.

In any case, the coating is a fine powder that is applied to metal substances and will prevent forms of deterioration, including rust, corrosion, and weather damage.

The particular ingredients can vary from one manufacturer to another. a Powder coating a product makes it more durable without adding significant weight.

Uses of Powder Coating

Powder coating is often used to treat products that are intended for outdoor use.  This includes things like outdoor furniture, including patio and lawn sets.

Powder coating is also used to protect sporting equipment, like the metal frames that are used to hold volleyball or tennis nets.

It is also useful for creating durable equipment for swimming pools.  Stadium seating, golf carts, railings, and farm equipment are all items that are commonly treated with powder coating.

Since all of these items are frequently subjected to harsh weather, using a powder coated metal helps to reinforce their durability and make them last longer.

Fencing is another popular use for powder coating.  Rails and pickets used in fencing are typically powder coated.

Powder coating is a popular choice because it allows the option of painting over the metal without damaging the product or detracting from the protection offered by the powder coat.

It appeals to homeowners because it provides the durability that they need while also giving them the option to paint it and achieve the aesthetic that they desire.

For the same reason, powder coated metal is often used for exterior lighting fixtures, too.

How Does Powder Coating Work?

Based on appearance, powder coating resembles paint.  However, the process is different.  It is what’s known as a dry finishing process.

It involves spraying an electrostatically charged resin onto a grounded surface.  This attracts the charged particles in the resin. After the resin is sprayed onto the product’s surface, the item is baked in an oven.

Baking the products melts the powder coating, which causes it to form a bond with the product’s surface.

Benefits of Powder Coating

The most well-known benefit of powder coating is that it can resist rust, corrosion, and scratches.  Besides those factors, powder coating also is beneficial because it doesn’t create pollution.

This benefits the environment, and it also offers economic benefits, since manufacturers don’t have to worry about investing in pollution-control equipment.

Powder coating results in very little waste, as well, because any extra powder left behind from overspray can be gathered up and reused.

Powder coating doesn’t fade or chip, and it can be produced in a large variety of colors and finishes.  It is an excellent choice for many types of applications, making it the fastest-growing form of industrial coating in North America.

Powder coating was first used to coat metal, but today can be used to protect many different surfaces, including plastic and wood.

For more information on powder coating and how it can benefit your product, contact Byers Bush Powder Coating Inc.

We offer a guaranteed turnaround time of three days or less, so you get your completed product quickly.  Our powder coating treatment gives you a long-lasting finish that hides any flaws or imperfections.

Call Byers Bush Powder Coating Inc. to learn more today.