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High Performance Powder Bell Sprayer changes the game with Powder Coating

Posted on: July 31st, 2014 by byersbushblog

Inobell Powder Bell Technology has launched into Canada through a partnership with Byers Bush.  Offering a powder sprayer solution that provides paint savings, but also a quality finish with easy integration.  It allows the application of powder pain on all types of surfaces with a particular effectiveness on flat surfaces.

The technology used with Inobell’s Powder Bell Sprayer is based on a rotating electrode associated with a counter electrode, which allows for maximum powder charge.  This new technology will provide a quality finish, that will enhance the look and finish of the powder paint.  This new technology is particularly suited for the following types of industrial sectors:

  • Metallic furniture
  • Wood Furniture, MDF
  • Metallic panels, suspended ceilings
  • Radiators
  • Fencing/gates
  • Automotive
  • Generally on all types  of flat surfaces

The product results have been outstanding, with the quality finish meeting the most stringent and tight D.O.I. (Distinctiveness of Image).  Byers Bush is excited to be able to offer our clients the quality, integrity, and finish for their powder coating needs.  For more information or a complimentary consultation, please contact us immediately at 905-625-4334 or request at quote.

Environmental Benefits of Powder Coating

Posted on: July 31st, 2014 by byersbushblog

What to do for a Chipped or Rusting Powder Coated Cage

Posted on: July 25th, 2014 by byersbushblog

Any parrot owner will tell you that, if you’re looking for the best use of your money, a solid and resilient cage is the area to focus on.

Indeed, experienced parrot owners will also go so far as to tell what kind of cage to opt for, and nine times out of ten they’ll recommend a powder coated cage, which offers increased longevity and durability over its steel-based counterparts.

The only real benefit a stainless steel cage can offer a parrot owner is that, due to its lack of heavy duty coating, it won’t run the risk of chipping or other means of surface damage.

Of course, there are numerous reasons chipping is a problem. Firstly, it can only be exacerbated by the beak/s of your parrot/s, but more importantly, it can pose a health risk, and leave the surface susceptible to rust and once rust has set in, the structural integrity and overall quality of the cage is in question.

A simple paint job is not a real option, as traditional liquid paint offers little defense against a parrot, and poses toxic risks that can be detrimental to the health of the parrot. Luckily, powder coating offers a great solution to the problem of a chipped or rusting cage.

What is powder coating and why is it a good solution?

Powder coating is a dry finishing process which utilizes an electrostatic charge to adhere to surfaces. The powder coating is then set in a curing oven, after which the materials covered can be put to use.

Given its reliance on electrostatic charge, powder coats are able to cover surfaces seamlessly, and are very difficult for even the most mischievous beaks to penetrate!

Powder coats are also completely non-toxic, meaning that, even if the parrot inside the cage does somehow manage to dislodge a fraction of the material, said material does not pose a health risk to the parrot.

Furthermore, opting for powder coating offers a cheaper solution than that of purchasing a new cage entirely, without simultaneously offering an inferior final result. Powder coating cuts off the rusting process and prevents it from being exacerbated, either in virtue of being exposed to the open air, or simply as a result of affecting the integrity of the cage and leaving it open to further damage at the hands (or rather, beak!) of the parrot.

If you’d like to learn more about powder coating your parrot cage, contact Byers Bush on 905-625-4334.

Sandblast Rusty Steel

Posted on: July 22nd, 2014 by byersbushblog

If any given steel surface has given way to rust, it needn’t mean that that surface is gone for good. Instead, it’s time to take action.

Sandblasting is the most effective way to get rid of rust, and prevent it from further affecting the integrity of a surface. It also forms part of the first stage in the powder coating process, which can future proof the lifespan of an object if done correctly. In this way, adequate sandblasting as part of pretreatment is key to ensuring a professional quality powder coated finish.

A sandblaster works by utilizing blasting media and shooting it at a surface via a high pressure air flow. The media works to remove the rust and expose the unaffected metal beneath.

What do I need?

Before you get started, you’ll need to assemble a selection of tools as follows:

  • Gloves
  • Long sleeve clothing
  • Respirator
  • Blast media (preferably non-silica)
  • Sandblaster
  • Tarpaulin
  • Duct tape
  • Dust hood
  • Hood lenses
  • Cabinet (in which to blast the object)
  • Nails
  • Vacuum

How to sandblast rusty steel

The process itself should always take place in a professional environment, and should not be attempted by an amateur.

Step One: Preparation

Firstly, before beginning, you need to find an appropriate location within which to sandblast your object. Ideally, this will be a professional sandblasting cabinet which serves to protect external objects from the effects of the blasting media. If you don’t have access to such a tool, however, you can make use of a large tarpaulin and nails/duct tape which can be used to secure it to a surface. If you’ve chosen this option, be sure to choose a large outdoor location free of things which could suffer damage from the blasting media.

Once this is done, you need to load your sandblaster with your chosen media. Crushed glass, steel grit, nickel slag and garnet are all great options, and pose no inhalation health risks, as opposed to that of silica-based blasting media, which can be harmful if inhaled.

Before sandblasting, ensure that you’re wearing protective clothing, including long sleeved upper wear, a dust hood, and a respirator.

Step Two: Sandblasting

Now you’re ready to sandblast your rusty steel surface.

Switch on your blaster, and with slow, smooth strokes, move the nozzle from one side to the other again and again.

Continue to do so until you see the rust completely disappear.

Once you’re satisfied with the results, you need to clean up the debris. The easiest way to do this is with a commercial vacuum cleaner. Be sure to vacuum the object you’ve just sandblasted too, as it’s bound to be covered in residue.

After that, you’ll be left with an object fully prepared for a powder coating!

Powder coat your hand tools

Posted on: July 15th, 2014 by byersbushblog

Powder coating is a process really gaining speedy traction in the finishing world, and with good reason: it’s resilient, durable, attractive and eco-friendly.

As a result, many people are looking for new applications for this miracle finishing technique, by identifying items that need to stand up to stress or challenging environments.

One such set of items are hand tools, which will not only benefit from a durable finish, but could look great with a little bit of customized color!

With that in mind, here’s a little guide to powder coating your hand tools, whether you want them to withstand stress, or whether you simply want them to look good.

Step One: Pretreatment

The pretreatment stage is usually the one that gets neglected the most, but anyone looking to really reap the benefits of a powder coated surface really ought to think again if they’re feeling lazy about this first step.

A solid pretreatment is the key to a great final finish and anyone looking to skip this stage does so at their own risk.

The first step of the pretreatment process is a simple clean. Hand tools tend to develop residue buildups, so they need a good clean to remove grease and grime.

Once this is done, the surface needs to be sanded so that the powder coat can adhere to it properly. The quickest way to do this is with a sandblaster, which will even out the surface in preparation for the coat. Once this is done, another quick rinse with a power washer will leave the surface well and truly ready.

Step Two: Coating

Now your hand tools are ready to be powder coated. Always set the sprayer according to the manufacturer’s instructions and prepare to quickly coat the tools.

The sprayer works by applying an electrostatic charge to the powder allowing it to evenly coat the hand tools.

Step Three: Curing

The final stage in the powder coating process works to bond the coat to the hand tools and set it to offer added resilience and durability.

This should be completed in a professional curing oven, and done according to the manufacturer’s directions, again.

Once this stage is complete, you’ve got some personalized hand tools that’ll be able to resist more than ever before!

If you’d like to learn more about powder coating your hand tools, contact Byers Bush on 905-625-4334 today.