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Powder Coat Your World: Items We Can Finish

Posted on: August 28th, 2014 by byersbushblog

Powder coating is a durable and attractive finish that can be used on an immense number of decorative and functional objects. The only limit to the number of things that we can powder coat is your imagination. In order to stir your imagination and offer some inspirational ideas, we have compiled a list of items that the professional powder coaters and sandblasters at Byers Bush can finish just for you.

Appliances: In the past, washers and dryer and other types of appliances were finished in a porcelain enamel that was easy to chip and damage. Powder coating has made appliances durable and lighter in weight, too. We can easily powder coat vintage appliances to make them look new and modern.

Art: Interior and exterior art pieces are often powder coated to increase durability and to provide interesting textures. Powder coating will protect art pieces from corrosion and damage from the elements. Powder coating also adds a contemporary look to art pieces.

Automotive items: Other than powder coating the entire car body, there are many car and motorcycle parts that can be easily finished. (There are some car makers that are actually testing powder coated finishes on entire car bodies.) These are a few car parts that we can and have powder coated: window trim, valve covers, brake assemblies, bumpers, shock absorbers, windshield wipers, mirror brackets, and trailer hitches.

Boating equipment: Any objects that can corrode, like handrails, ladders, anchors, cleats, and engine parts can be powder coated to help them withstand tough marine conditions. We can also powder coat marine research tools, too.

Construction applications: The architectural industry enjoys adding powder coated finishes to projects. It is common to see powder coating on light poles and fences, as well as guard rails on roads and hiking paths, and on signs and posts, too. In residential projects, powder coated finishes are found on mailboxes, gutters, and satellite dishes, too.

Everyday items: There are several items that you will find in your home that can be powder coated to add to the durability. For example, we proudly extend the life of fitness equipment like golf clubs, bikes, ski poles, and snowmobiles, too. We also will powder coat light fixtures, metal furniture, and metal antiques like old bread boxes. Other household objects that can be powder coated include wheelchairs, animal cages, strong boxes, model railroad parts, fans, fishing lures, pet dishes, hunting chairs, and free weight equipment.

Family treasures: Items that have passed through the hands of generations often begin to rust and deteriorate. We can powder coat special treasure so they can be passed down to new generations and actually used, too. These objects include metal cribs and baby strollers, hand tools, metal cups and spoons, wagons, and toys. Some customers have also asked to have war medals and other memorabilia.

Outdoor accessories: Without powder coating, outdoor accessories have short lifespans. Unless accessories are brought inside each day, they tend breakdown quickly. With powder coating, outdoor lifestyle products will last. Some popular outdoor items that benefit from powder coating include barbecue grills, and garden tools, as well as lawn mowers, garden tillers, patio umbrellas, hammock swings, and residential playground pieces.

Retail and office spaces: Retail fixtures and office necessities benefit from being powder coated. Since powder coating increases the durability of metal items, items that have heavy use will last longer when powder coated. Retail fixtures that are often powder coated include display shelves and clothing racks. Office spaces often have powder coated metal desks and filing cabinets as well as desk accessories that need to be built to last.

At Byers Bush, we love to get involved in special powder coating projects, so contact us at  905-625-4334.

Powder Coat Your Vehicles

Posted on: August 28th, 2014 by byersbushblog

Powder coating is not just for fence. Car parts can easily be powder coated and attractive powder coating makes vehicles look fresh and sleek. It does not matter if you have a classic car, huge truck, gas-sipping moped, or a rough and tumble motorcycle. If it has wheels, an engine, and body parts, it can be powder coated.

Here are a few ideas to get your imagination thinking of ways that you can modify your vehicles with powder coating:

Wheels: Powder coated wheels add a modern look to any car, but especially to sports cars and vintage cars. If you have a set of wheels that have a few flaws or you simply want to update, we can make them look like new. When you modify your wheels with powder coating, you keep them out of the landfills or junkyards.

Exhaust systems: If you are involve in a rebuild of a classic car or you want to make your current vehicle stand out from the crowd, powder coating the exhaust system is a unique option. Instead of the typical chrome finish, a black powder coat finish will set your car apart from the rest, especially if you pair the exhaust with black wheels.

Motorcycle parts: Whether you want the frame, exhaust, or wheels, powder coating your motorcycle will certainly turn heads. The fun part of powder coating motorcycle parts is that they can be done an eye-catching colors. Why not add bright red wheels to match a custom paint job? Or striking blue to coordinate with a blue frame? Bring your ideas in and our designers can help you customize your motorcycle.

Bumpers: Pickup truck bumpers last longer when they are powder coated. If you use your truck for business or you regularly move things in and out of your truck, investing in powder coating can make your bumper look good for a long time. At Byers Bush Powder Coating, we can help you keep your bumper looking like new and help your bumper last through a heavy workload.

Luggage racks: Whether you have a classic cycle or an older car with a decorative or functional luggage rack, a little powder coating will help keep it look new and clean. You can add an accent color or choose to match the luggage rack to your wheels and exhaust. If you do use your luggage rack, powder coating will help prevent any damage from the luggage or other items you place on it.

Door handles: An attractive way to increase the value of your car is to color match your door handles to the rest of your car. While many modern cars come standard with matching hardware, older cars usually had chrome door handles. On a restoration project, don’t buy new handles, bring the old ones to Byers Bush so we can clean them up and getting them looking like new.

Logos and name badges: Imagine the front of your classic muscle car with the logo powder coated to your customized color choice. No one will ever wonder what type of car you are driving. If your name badges are chromed and you want to white out or black out your car, we can help you get the look you want.

Small engine: If you have a moped motor or a motorcycle engine that weighs under 400 pounds, we can add powder coated finishing to it. We can bring life back into a tired, dull looking engine and add flash to your moped or cycle.

At Byers Bush, we take great pride in helping our customers get the look they want on their favorite items. Let your imagination flow and bring your ideas to Byers Bush today.

Going Green: Powder Coating and the Environment

Posted on: August 28th, 2014 by byersbushblog

Being environmentally friendly is an important part of our business. For 40 years, Byers Bush has built a strong commitment to our customers and to the environment as well. Powder coating is a choice alternative to traditional painting and the latest trends in powder coating are continuing to develop more environmentally friendly materials and methods which make it a greener process than liquid painting.

Powder coating includes paint in an electrically charged powder form that is sprayed on and cured in a large oven. The powder melts and the polymers in the paint create a smooth finish that lasts. The fact that powder coated finishes require very little maintenance is one reason why it is an environmentally friendly finish.

There are several other reasons why powder coating is a green finish:

1. There are no VOCs in powder coating. VOC stands for volatile organic compounds and they exist in liquid paints. VOCs are responsible for creating smog – especially the ones that come from car exhausts, about 15% of emissions from VOCs come from paints and other solvent coatings. VOCs are dangerous to human health because they release vapor at room-temperature, which makes them prolific in the environment.

2. Powder coating is free of solvents. Without solvents, fire risk is reduced and waste is reduced, too. When metals are powder coated, they can be recycled much easier than metals that are recycled because the powder is recyclable.

3. Powder coating has less waste and any other type of finishing. Because powder coating is usually done in a closed setting, it produces significantly less waste. Studies show that less than 1% of powder coating is wasted. This is a small fraction when compared to liquid finishes, that have a much larger percentage of wasted product. Powder coating also is free of heavy metals as well as carcinogens; so unlike other finishing processes, powder coating does not play a role in creating cancerous cells. The process of powder coating does not produce any by-products, either.

4. Powder coating is easy to recycle due to affordable extraction systems that remove extra powder to be used in other projects. Liquid paints cannot be extracted and recycled – which is why there is so much waste in liquid paints. By recycling powder in the closed systems, powder does not end up in groundwater or in public waterways.

5. Liquid coating requires more time and energy to process and cure. Powder coating moves into and out of the oven rather quickly. This results in requiring less space for powder coating processes, which results in the need for less space to be heated and cooled, cleaned, and maintained. The fact that powder coating is more durable that liquid coatings makes it less expensive, too. The process of powder coating usually can be completed in sixty minutes and in most cases, only one coat is required. Liquid coatings require several coats with several hours of drying time in between each coat. Time is a raw material that many people enjoy saving.

6. Powder coating uses fewer hazardous materials than liquid painting. Powder washes off so it does not ruin clothes or require any special clothing to be purchased.

7. With the latest research, the materials that are used in powder coating require a low temperature, which ultimately uses less energy.

8. The latest powder coatings have better resistance to the elements and to chemicals, too. This results in lower costs, especially when it comes to transportation and storage expenses. Many powder coating processes will last for up to 20 years, which means that no extra energy will have to be expended for that entire time!

Why would you choose any other finishing product when powder coating is only eco-friendly and affordable option? Contact Byers Bush today to talk about the options for you powder coating projects.

Myths about Powder Coating

Posted on: August 28th, 2014 by byersbushblog

Byers Bush has been in the powder coating industry for four decades and we love to share information about this useful and attractive process. We understand that there are many misconceptions about powder coating and sandblasting along with thermoplastic technology and corrosion protection. Here are some common myths and the actual facts:

 

Myth: Powder coating is only available in industrial colors and black.

Truth: Powder coating is available in decorative colors, as well as industrial colors, and black. You can choose to have objects powder coated in a glossy or matte finish and you can choose textures, too. You can choose functional finishes that will provide corrosion protection from the elements and from excessive use.

 

Myth: Powder coating is mostly used to prevent corrosion.

Truth: Powder coating can be used to prevent corrosion, but it can also be used for several other reasons. Many people choose powder coating to decorate outdoor furniture and often, those decorative finishes have a porous powder coating that does not protect from corrosion. You can choose to have powder coated finishes done to the level that provides corrosion protection, but that usually involves two or three extra steps. When you purely need powder coating for corrosion protection, you should ask for a functional finish to avoid the porous decorative finishing materials.

 

Myth: All powder coating companies provide the same services.

Truth: Byers Bush is a unique powder coating company that has provided services for 40 years. We take pride in our pretreating and coating processes that have kept our customers coming back for more. Our pretreatment processes involve rigid control processes so that the objects we powder coat are handled, masked, and cleaned beyond the standards that our clients’ expectations. Other powder coating companies cut corners, but at Byers Bush, we do not. Our standards separate us from the rest.

 

Myth: Anyone can powder coat with a kit from a hobby shop.

Truth: This is the truth, but the hobbyist kit will make the powder coating look like it was completed by a hobbyist kit. Professional powder coating and sandblasting use materials and tools that manufactured to strict standards. Our curing ovens are designed just for powder coating and residential convection or conventional ovens will not cure objects at an even level. A $100 powder kit will never produce the results that a $6,000 powder gun and $85,000 oven will. But, we never want to discourage anyone who wants to try powder coating to give it a try!

 

Myth: Objects can be powder coated in special designs, like flames.

Truth: Powder coating is best done in one color. Because powder coating requires masking, it is not easy to bend the masking materials to get complex designs. It is also difficult to blend different colors into each other. While a painter can blend where colors meet, powder coaters cannot because the different colors have distinct edges due to the thickness of the coating.

 

Myth: It is possible to powder coat a small part of wheels, like the spokes.

Truth: When car wheels are powder coated, the parts that are not coated need to be masked. When it comes to powder coating just the spokes or another small part, it is difficult to mask the parts that are not supposed to be coated. If the small pieces can be removed from the wheels and then put back in, then it is possible to powder coat smaller parts. If you need too many pieces masked, the price of powder coating wheels is more expensive than buying new wheels. The best option is to have the entire wheel powder coated and when you choose this option, wheels look amazing.

The History of Powder Coating

Posted on: August 28th, 2014 by byersbushblog

Powder coating has made an impact in many industries. From architecture and design to manufacturing and automobiles, this finishing process has changed the way the world looks. This finishing style made its debut shortly after World War II and has continued to change as technology changes. Here is a quick history of powder coating:

Early Days in the Post-War Era

Powder coating originated in the post-war time in the late 1940s. At this time, organic polymers (organic molecules that stick together) were sprayed onto metal bases, but in a powdered form using a flame spray. A German scientist named Dr. Erwin Gemmer was responsible for a 1953 process patent that explained the process of using a fluidized-bed to use a thermosetting powder coating operation. It took two years for his patent to be approved. Five years later, all powder coatings with a film of 6 mils to 20 mils used the fluidized-bed application.

In these early years, powder coating materials consisted of nylon 11, polyethylene, CAB, polyester, and plasticized PVC. Powder coating was mainly used to provide resistance to abrasion. It also helped keep objects from corroding and from being damaged from electricity. Some of the commonly coated objects in the early days include dishwasher baskets, which were coated in PVC; metal furniture, which was coated in PVC or CAB; and boat parts, which were coated in nylon. A German company named Bosch that developed the process for using epoxy resin to protect objects from electric currents. By the early 1960s, it seemed liked powder coating could not get any better, since all of the current problems were solved; but in reality, powder coating was about to see some major changes.

Mid-Century Modifications

In the 1960s, electrostatic processing was developed in the United States. This made the fluidized-bed process nearly obsolete. The Sames company made the spray guns and coined the term “Samesizing.” The late 1960s and early 1970s brought the four thermosetting resins that are still in the industry today. They include epoxy and epoxy polyester hybrid as well as polyester and polyurethane. At this same time, powder coating plants spread through many countries. For example, in Germany, there were ten times more plants in 1970 than there were in 1966. The rise in the industry was due to the fact that electrostatic processing made it affordable to use powder coating in nearly every industry imaginable.

The Sky is the Limit

The 1980s is the decade that sent the powder coating industry into the stratosphere. With advances in technology and the ease of obtaining materials, powder coating has become affordable for commercial and residential settings as well as for industrial and personal uses.

Now, powder coating is predominantly used in a handful of industries that include automotive and appliances as well as in general manufacturing. These industries enjoy using powder coating as attractive and durable finishes and the materials that powder coaters like Byers Bush use have become quite sophisticated. Industries continue to use powder coating because of the UV resistance, the clarity of color, and the ease of adhesion. Powder coating cure time is shorter than many think and the powder coating can be done by robots for large commercial projects.

As powder coating has developed over the decades, the uses for powder coated products has shifted through the years. The marketplace for products include the stock pieces that are used by the auto industry and are created in large batches. There is also a demand for small customized orders, too. As the equipment has become more affordable, powder coating is no longer limited to large factories and corporations.

Contact Us for More Information

Byers Bush has been delivering powder coating services for 40 years. We know how the industry has changed through time. If you have any questions about powder coating technology, we welcome your questions and comments at 905-625-4334.