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Maintenance of Powder Coated Material

Posted on: June 30th, 2014 by byersbushblog

Many choose powder coating because it promises (and delivers) durability, and a long-lasting finish.

As a result, many surfaces that are powder coated are being finished in this way because the surface is expected to sustain a harsh environment, for which a resilient finishing method is required.

A surface’s surroundings can subject a powder coated finish to a great many degrading environmental factors, including ultraviolet light, pollution, salt deposits, general dirt and grease, prolonged exposure to which can cause damage to a powder coating.

By establishing and sustaining a frequent maintenance routine, however, you can safeguard the finish of your powder coated surface, prolonging its life span and allowing it to reach its full potential. Here are some tips for maintaining your powder coated material.

Build-up of residue

After long periods of time (or short, depending on the surface’s immediate environment), powder coatings can be exposed to numerous grime deposits that can build up on the surface.

“To remove such deposits, you’ll need to clean the surface.”

The frequency of these cleans will depend on the location of your surface, but a biannual clean ought to suffice, unless the surface resides near a coastal area, in which case this should be quarterly.

How to clean powder coated materials

“Before you begin, you’ll need to assemble your materials.”

Firstly, take note of the ‘glove’ rule: if you need to use gloves in order to use a certain detergent, chances are that the detergent may be too abrasive for your surface and could degrade the material, so don’t use it.

In fact, be wary of all household detergents, which can actively shorten the life span of a powder coating, especially if they contain harsh solvents.

Water and a dish soap solution can be used in conjunction with a sponge to remove any superficial grime.

Gently soak the area by allowing the sponge to absorb the solution and coat the area. Gentle household detergents can be used here, but always read the label and be sure to familiarize yourself with the potential risks.

Stubborn grime can also be combated with a soft bristled brush. Once you’re complete, be sure to rinse the area thoroughly with water.

Methylated Spirits, Turpentine or White Spirit can also be used to target stains, paint spills or other particularly tricky marks.

Once you’ve removed the stain (and do so as quickly as possible), rinse with water to remove any residual white spirit.

If you’d like more advice on maintaining a powder coated material, or work in the metal industry and have need for the services of a professional powder coater in the Ontario area, then contact Byers Bush Powder Coating Inc.

We have been providing powder coating and sandblasting services in Toronto, Concord, Hamilton, Brampton, Oakville, Ontario for more than 40 years.

We are known for providing high-quality finishes and doing so with a quick turnaround time and excellent customer service.

Our experienced and qualified team has the expertise that you need in order to achieve a perfect powder coated finish.

Before we coat your item, our team will inspect it. They will check the condition of the item, and decide what needs to be done to prepare the item for powder coating.

To find out more about our services, call Byers Bush Powder Coating Inc. at http://www.byersbush.com/contact.html or contact us at 905-625-4334.

Tips on How to Care for Powder Coating

Posted on: June 23rd, 2014 by byersbushblog

In the relatively short time it’s been around, powder coating is already renowned for its superior durability over other surface finishing methods, but without maintenance here and there, you’re unlikely to maximize this superlative lasting potential.

By following these care tips, you’ll be future proofing all powder coated items around your household and really make the most of your investment.

Make a schedule

Every surface is different, and will require different levels of maintenance depending on their individual environment and the sort of things they’re likely to be exposed to in virtue of that environment.

For example, environments surrounding pools will require bi annual checks, whereas surfaces that aren’t exposed to pollution or hazardous chemicals will only require checks on an annual basis. Those that are may require checks that happen as regularly as once a month.

The environment really determines your maintenance schedule, so before you take any action, you’ll need to assess the potential for damage.

How to clean powder coating

The key to successful cleaning can be summed up with the phrase “easy does it”. PH neutral dish soap in warm water is perfect, as anything with strong chemicals can damage powder coating.

Gentle outdoor detergents can also be used, but you’ll want to test a small area before using it liberally across the entire surface.

Use a soft brush to gently cleanse the surface and allow it to air dry.

How to remove stains

Stains can be a tricky mistress when it comes to powder coating. Avoid strong chemicals, again, and instead stick to something pure but strong, like white spirit.

Limit the surface’s interaction with white spirit as far as possible, and be sure to rinse thoroughly when the stain has lifted.

Other cleaning methods

Washing by hand can be a particularly arduous task if the surface needs regular cleaning, or is particularly large. In these cases, you can use pressure washers to tackle a large surface area in one fell swoop.

If you wish to go down this route, make sure the pressure washer never exceeds 1,500psi and is always at least 10 inches away from the surface during the cleaning process.

How to brighten powder coating

“Sometimes powder coats are structurally fine, but can become dulled.”

If this happens, you can mix one part bleach with three parts water and use the resulting solution to cleanse the surface.

Apply sparingly, leave for 10 minutes and then scrub the surface with a soft brush. When complete, rinse thoroughly to remove bleach residue.

If you’d like to learn more about caring for your powder coating in the Ontario area, then contact Byers Bush Powder Coating Inc.

We have been providing powder coating and sandblasting services in Toronto, Concord, Hamilton, Brampton, Oakville, Ontario for more than 40 years.

We are known for providing high-quality finishes and doing so with a quick turnaround time and excellent customer service.

Our experienced and qualified team has the expertise that you need in order to achieve a perfect powder coated finish.

Before we coat your item, our team will inspect it. They will check the condition of the item, and decide what needs to be done to prepare the item for powder coating.

To find out more about our services, call Byers Bush Powder Coating Inc. at http://www.byersbush.com/contact.html or contact us at 905-625-4334.

Operational Impact of Powder Coating

Posted on: June 19th, 2014 by byersbushblog

Though a relatively new technology, powder coating has proved a popular choice for smart and savvy individuals looking for a durable and long-lasting finish.

Powder coating has other operational benefits, though, that many can overlook when opting to get started in the powder coating industry.

Let’s have a look at some of these benefits and the overall operational impact of powder coating.

  • Fewer rejects, less waste: Powder coating does not require drying or the use of a material with changeable consistency, so dripping and running are not real risks. As a result, the powder coating process is, on the whole, an automatic one. This means the reject rate is much smaller than that of other methods.
  • Versatility: Powder coating is an efficient process in more than one way. If a client desires a color change, this can be done with minimal disruption to the overall process, so powder coating is a highly flexible finishing method.
  • Easy compliance with regulation: Powder coating poses fewer risks than other finishing methods, so fulfilment of permittance criteria is substantially easier, which can enable the contractor to save time and money without operating a business that doesn’t comply with regulations.
  • Training efficiency: One area in which many contractors wish to save time, but haven’t before now been able to justify it, is in staff training. Because powder coating involves dry material, which poses fewer health and safety risks than fume-abundant wet materials, staff training need only be minimal, with less emphasis on how to deal with error, wastage and complex operation processes than other methods require.
  • A shorter road to completion: One of the reasons many traditional finishing methods can require long periods of time for completion is because one coat is not usually enough to produce high quality results. This is because much of the product will end up wasted. Powder coating adheres to its surface because of electrostatic charge, resulting in less waste and more one-coat coverage.
  • Lower heating costs: The curing process can be a real drain on finances with traditional solvent-based finishing methods, but powder coating curing ovens run at a lower temperature than these methods, meaning you’ll save money on the final stage of the finishing process.
  • Faster overall operation: Because no drying time is required, powder coated parts can move through the final stages of completion much quicker than traditional methods, meaning your production line is much more efficiently run.

If you’re interested in learning more about the operational impact of powder coating, then contact Byers Bush Powder Coating Inc.

We have been providing powder coating and sandblasting services in Toronto, Concord, Hamilton, Brampton, Oakville, Ontario for more than 40 years.

We are known for providing high-quality finishes and doing so with a quick turnaround time and excellent customer service.

Our experienced and qualified team has the expertise that you need in order to achieve a perfect powder coated finish.

Before we coat your item, our team will inspect it. They will check the condition of the item, and decide what needs to be done to prepare the item for powder coating.

To find out more about our services, call Byers Bush Powder Coating Inc. at http://www.byersbush.com/contact.html or contact us at 905-625-4334.

Why Phosphatize During Pretreatment?

Posted on: June 12th, 2014 by byersbushblog

Anyone who knows even the slightest bit about powder coating will know that spending sufficient time and effort on pretreatment is not a false economy.

A perfectly prepared surface will not only maximize the lifespan of a powder coated finish, but will also produce more visually pleasing results.

Phosphatizing prior to applying the powder can have two major benefits: it can actually improve the level of adherence that the coat has to the surface, and can make the surface itself more resistant to corrosion.

How to choose the right phosphate process

Selecting the right phosphate process will depend on a number of factors, including:

  • The material of the part you plan to coat
  • Your budget
  • The proposed environment of the part, and the resistant factors it will thus require

All phosphatizing materials come with their own set of pros and cons. For example, iron is affordable and versatile, while zinc is expensive, but often more resilient. Chrome, on the other hand, is the most complex to apply, but is best suited to aluminium surfaces.

How does phosphatizing work?

Phosphatizing takes its base material and uses an acidic solution to alter its surface, and lightly coat it with one of the previously mentioned metals.

What are the benefits?

After phosphatizing a material, the surface is rendered microscopically rough, so that finishing coats can stick to it better.

Untreated metal parts will have numerous faults that allow negative and positive charges to coexist among one another.

This can be caused by numerous things, including a high carbon concentration in the base material or a moisture presence, which can affect oxygen levels and cause galvanic corrosion, much like what often happens to common batteries.

Phosphatizing will seal these charged areas off from one another, which can substantially reduce the risk of future corrosion.

The best phosphatizing pretreatments will leave the surface slightly rough, so as to increase its overall surface area, resulting in a better adhesion rate for the final powder coating, because it offers small areas for the powder coat to embed itself into.

An adequate phosphatizing pretreatment will prime a surface for powder coating, increasing the quality of the final coat, and future proofing it for resilience.

If you’d like to learn more about phosphatizing pretreatments for powder coating in the Ontario area, then contact Byers Bush Powder Coating Inc.

We have been providing powder coating and sandblasting services in Toronto, Concord, Hamilton, Brampton, Oakville, Ontario for more than 40 years.

We are known for providing high-quality finishes and doing so with a quick turnaround time and excellent customer service.

Our experienced and qualified team has the expertise that you need in order to achieve a perfect powder coated finish.

Before we coat your item, our team will inspect it. They will check the condition of the item, and decide what needs to be done to prepare the item for powder coating.

To find out more about our services, call Byers Bush Powder Coating Inc. at http://www.byersbush.com/contact.html or contact us at 905-625-4334.