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Protecting Your Lawn Equipment with Powder Coating

Posted on: November 29th, 2015 by byersbushblog

Lawn equipment has to operate in some of the most hostile environments for metal equipment. Grass, trees and shrubs are often wet and will eventually lead to corrosion and deterioration over time. If you don’t mind replacing your equipment every decade or so this probably isn’t a big deal to you, but if you would rather get more life out of your equipment and stop needlessly spending on equipment that you already have, it makes sense to invest in a powder coat treatment for your equipment.

Whether you have tractors, riding lawn mowers or push mowers, they could all benefit from a good powder coat finish. The decks of these machines are constantly damp and will corrode over time if they are left face the elements alone.

While the original paint they come with will protect them for a few years, there will come a time when the paint isn’t good enough any longer and you have to do something else to keep the equipment going, unless you don’t mind replacing the deck or the mower entirely. That something should be having the mower cleaned off and adding on a layer of powder coated protection.

Why Powder Coat Your Mower?

Powder coating makes a lot of sense because a well-applied powder coating will last for more than a decade in most instances. Not only that but the coating isn’t much more than a high quality paint job that will need to be touched up every few years. You won’t spend much more money and you’ll enjoy as long lasting finish that you don’t have to worry about maintaining. When you consider the alternatives to a powder coat finish, it’s pretty easy to see why you would want to go with that solution over your other available options.

Getting Down to Bare Metal

While powder coating your equipment is a good idea, the last thing you want to do is try and put on a powder coat over top of an existing paint finish. You might think that you’re giving the machine two layers of protection, but you are actually undermining the more durable of the two coatings.

Paint will chip and fall off much faster than a powder coating will. If the coating goes on over that paint it will fall off as well. That’s why you have to invest the time or the money to having the equipment sand blasted first until you are down to the bare metal. The coating will stick to the surface more effectively this way, and it will last for years longer than the painted surface would have.

Refinish Old Equipment

Since it’s vital to get your equipment down to bare metal to have it protectively coated, it actually makes sense to wait on the powder coating until the original paint is mostly worn away. This could be a year or several years down the road.

Many companies will operate their equipment with the original coating until it wears out and then they will go in and have things sandblasted and cleaned up. That’s the most economical way to maintain your equipment and you won’t be wasting the free coating that came with it when you made the purchase.

Selecting a Color You Like

When it comes time to finally have a powder coating put on your equipment, you’ll be able to pick out the color that you like. That means you can choose from among many different color options until you find the best one for you.

Spending the money to rust-proof your lawn equipment will keep it running longer. It will make it look nicer and it will allow you to make the most of your investment overall.

Contact Byers Bush to get your lawn equipment protected with a high performance powder coating so it will last longer and more durable.

Protecting Old Railings through Sandblasting

Posted on: November 27th, 2015 by byersbushblog

Railings aren’t just a decorative item added to the front of your business, but are there for safety reasons as well. Not only can you not afford to let railings get rusty or start to wear away, but it could actually lead to a lawsuit or other legal problems in the future. That’s why you have to be proactive about how your company takes care of its railings and outdoor safety equipment.

Weather is hard on every structure, but it’s particularly hard on fences and railings that are composed of metal. Many companies pay to have their railings replaced every ten years or so, and that’s something you could do, but it isn’t the best option available. You would be better off paying to have railings cleaned up and protectively coated rather than replacing them.

Why Sand Blasting Makes Sense

Sand blasting is one of the fastest ways to clean away paint, grease and corrosion. Whether your railing is rusted up, dirty, or it has a lot of discoloration, sandblasting will restore it to a smooth finish that you can be proud of once again. Even graffiti and other blemishes that typically lead to replaced railings can be cleaned away with some heavy sandblasting.

Prolongs Protective Coating

A protective coating can be put on over dirty or poorly cleaned metals, but it won’t cover as effectively and certainly won’t last as long. If you are going to spend the money to have a powder coating or even paint put on your equipment, it makes sense to make sure it’s as clean as possible. That is why sandblasting your railings makes so much sense.

Liberal sandblasting will clean away the railings until they show off exposed metal once again. They’ll look fresh and clean, but most importantly the new coating will stick to the metal like never before. It will adhere evenly and be more difficult to remove.
You’ll get more years out of the protective coating, and won’t have to worry so much about having it reapplied as often.

Go for a Powder Coat over Paint

It’s pretty standard practice to paint railings to protect them against corrosion and to give them a custom look, and that’s fine, but you shouldn’t expect more than three to five years out of the railings before they have to be cleaned off and painted once again. If you don’t mind worrying about all the upkeep then it might be worth it to paint your railings and other outdoor equipment, but it’s much easier to spend money on quality powder coating instead. Not only does the coating look more even and professional, but it lasts longer as well. You might get 10 years, 20 years or even longer out of a railing that’s been powder coated. That’s a lot of time without worrying about maintenance. Not only will you not have to pay for maintenance as often, but you won’t have to work so hard to clean up railings after some graffiti or something else stains them. Most materials wipe right off of a powder coat finish and will be easier for your maintenance men to keep clean.

The railings surrounding your business are an important investment that you really can’t afford to let go downhill. Don’t waste your money replacing them all the time, instead have them refinished and protected properly. It will save you time and money in the long run and it’s really the best way to go if you care about your business.

Consider hiring a professional company like Byers Bush to handle the work of restoring your old railings back to their original appearance. A skilled company will make them look better than ever before and also keep them in good shape longer than you probably expect.

Contact Byers Bush to cover your old railings through high quality sandblasting to maximize the protection against corrosion.

Consider Powder Coating Your Bleacher to make it Last Longer

Posted on: November 25th, 2015 by byersbushblog

For high schools and colleges, bleachers are a large investment that has to be renewed every few years under normal conditions. While bleachers used to be made from wood, they are all slowly moving to steel and aluminum instead. Steel bleachers are the most common option, even though they often suffer from damaging corrosion that can force schools to make premature replacements and take away from budgets for sports programs.

If your school currently maintains a set of bleachers that aren’t powder coated, it’s worth taking some time to consider this approach if you have steel bleachers.

Reduce Maintenance

Compared to painted surfaces, surfaces that are powder coated tend to last a lot longer before they have to be maintained again. Sure they will eventually have to be recoated, but that’s often several decades after the original application was made.

By then the bleachers have already had a long life and have saved the school a great deal of money, paying to have them protectively coated once again won’t be a big deal at that point and will make a lot of financial sense. While it’s hard to justify the move right away without knowing all the benefits of powder coating first hand, it’s still a good move to make.

Versatile Color Options

If you think that deciding to powder coat bleachers instead of painting them is going to seriously limit your color options, you’re seriously mistaken. Nothing could be further from the truth.

As long as you work with a large company there should be plenty of color options to choose from. That’s because major companies like Byers Bush have plenty of relationships with suppliers and can get access to more powder options than many of the smaller businesses can.

Save Money

One of the most important reasons to switch from painted bleachers to powder coated bleachers is to save money. You’ll cut down on the number of bleachers that you have to invest in and the amount of maintenance that you have to do on them. This will save you a huge amount of money over time, even though you may spend a bit more initially to have the coating put on.

Every additional year that the bleachers last because of the coating investment, is a year that you won’t be spending any money. You can divide the total expense over every year the bleachers are in use, and you’ll see that your investment was a well-founded one after realizing how affordable the bleachers are on a yearly basis.

Avoid Less Costly Materials

Aluminum bleachers will last for a long time, and they don’t even have to be treated. That’s because aluminum corrodes very slowly. While aluminum is a superior option to steel in many ways, it’s also substantially more expensive. We’re talking two or three times as much money here at the least.

Aluminum also dents more easily and can be damaged with less effort. While aluminum would seem like a good solution for bleachers because it will hold up so well over time out in the elements, for many schools it’s just not an economical solution. What is economical is steel that’s protectively coated. It can last just as long as aluminum and it’s a whole lot more affordable. More importantly, it’s a lot less money up front, meaning that more schools can afford to make the investment right away.

If you’re in charge of a high school or a University that is simply spending too much money on bleachers, stands and other outdoor equipment, start having it powder coated. You’ll save much more than you spend, and you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.

Contact Byers Bush to get the benefit of powder coating your Bleacher, to make it last longer and save you more maintenance money.

Breathe Life into Old Tools through Sandblasting and Coating

Posted on: November 23rd, 2015 by byersbushblog

Whether you’re a roofer, a construction company or some other business that relies heavily on tools, you know the pain of tossing out perfectly good equipment because it became too damaged or poor looking due to corrosion.

Corrosion can take a toll on equipment and even make it risky to use. Nobody wants to grab a metal handle that’s covered in rust, and patchy equipment that’s flaking apart doesn’t work quite as well as freshly coated equipment. Instead of tossing out old equipment because it looks poor or is damaged, you should think about having it restored by a qualified company instead.

Cut Costs

Replacing equipment is expensive, especially when you work in construction or some other tool-reliant industry. If you don’t take the time to refinish the tools you have and get them protected again you’ll have to buy all new equipment much more often. You can get two or three lifetimes out of your tools and equipment by simply taking some time and refinishing old tools and equipment so that they can be used once again.

Better than New Look

You’ll be amazed at how good restored equipment looks when it is all finished. All it really takes is some sand blasting, a new powder coated layer and you have equipment that looks better than new. Not only do you get to breathe new life into old and sometimes outdated equipment, but you can choose the color finish that it gets and customize it more than you ever could in the past. This allows you to do some interesting things like customize your equipment to match your business. Not only will this make finding your tools on the jobsite easier, but it will give your business a more professional look overall.

By having the equipment sandblasted first you clear away any corrosion and imperfections that have had time to form. When you pay to have the equipment powder coated at the end, you end up with stronger tools than before that will hold up to heavy use and last for years before having to be treated once again.

Cut Down on Waste

So many companies operate today in a disposable manner. They toss out old equipment and tools and buy new ones because it is the easy thing to do. It’s not a very responsible way to run a business through, and isn’t how things should be done. Instead of simply tossing out old equipment it makes more sense to try and reuse it whenever possible. Even if you have to invest some money into bringing your equipment back up to good standards, you’ll keep something out of the landfill or the junk yard, and you’ll probably save some money in the process. That’s an excellent way to run a business and you’ll be surprised at how long-lasting equipment is when you take proper care of it.

Work with Professionals

To speed up the process and ensure that your tools are going to last as long as possible deal with a professional company to have tools cleaned and refinished with a good sturdy powder coat. You’ll have more colors to choose from, you won’t have to worry about mistakes trying to clean up your own equipment and you can get all your tools back faster than you would with many smaller shops. Those are the benefits of dealing with a well-respected professional company that knows how to take tools and make them work like new.

Stop tossing out old tools and equipment, especially things like wrenches, hammers and other solid tools that don’t have motors to burn out or other mechanical issues. It makes more sense to spend a bit to have them refinished than it does to throw them away, and that’s exactly what you should be doing.

Contact Byers Bush to get the advantages of powder coating to make your equipment more durable.