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Powder Coating as Protection Technology with 40 Years of Use

Posted on: May 30th, 2016 by byersbushblog

There are many people critical of powder coating. Many say that the technology is too new and hasn’t yet proven itself like paint and other protective coatings have. The way that critics talk you would think the technology was invented in the last ten years or less, and nothing could be further from the truth. Powder coating as we know it today has been around since the mid 60’s.

More than 50 years of regular use has tested and further refined that process to a highly reliable technology that’s one of the most effective ways to protect metal, wood and other substances under the right conditions.

The Very Beginning

The very first powder coating processes were developed by Dr. Erwin Gemmer, a German scientist in the early 1950’s. He developed the fluidized-bed process that was then used to coat thin substances such as fine wires to protect them against corrosion.

It wasn’t until the 60’s that thicker coatings were made realistic and more rugged applications could be made.

Spreading from Germany Outward

Throughout the 50’s and 60’s the number of powder coating facilities in Germany spread throughout the country, to go from 4 to 51 different locations. It wasn’t until the 1970’s that these services began making their way into other countries.

A few facilities spread to developed countries around the world in the 70’s and the number dramatically by the 80’s when the equipment and processes became more economical for use in a variety of industries.

This technology made it to the United States in the late 60’s in small forms, but it was many years before large-scale operations took root in the country.

More than 50 Years of Development

The next time that you worry about powder coating not being a mature technology, think about how more than 50 years of development has helped to make the system into the highly reliable tool that many people are relying on today.

Many other technologies aren’t nearly as old as that, including the computer that you are reading this on right now.

Uses for Powder Coating Today

Now that I have established how mature the powder coating industry is, it is time to go over some of the most common applications for the technology. It is used regularly to protect automotive and farm equipment from wear and corrosion.

Powder coating is used on fencing, benches, metal roofing, hardware, radiators and just about any other metal piece of equipment that you can think of in a wide range of industries. The powder is relied on so heavily for two reasons.

It is better for the environment and thicker in application than paint does. Powder coat help equipment to hold out moisture and abrasion more effectively over time than paint can. This leads to a longer lasting coating in many applications, improved rust prevention and enhanced protection for a similar price.

With so many benefits to the technology and a variety of uses it’s hard to argue against using powder coating at least sometimes. Sure there are times when paint makes the most sense or anodizing, but for other situations, such as protecting fencing or benches in highly humid and corrosive environments, powder coating just makes the most sense.

The technology is indeed proven and can be relied upon to get the job done. Just be sure that you take the time to find a company that’s just as reliable as the technology itself.

With a good powder coating company you will get a top-level application that doesn’t have any breaks to allow corrosive elements in. A poor application can spoil all the benefits of the technology and leave you no better off than using a less solution.

Contact Byers Bush, a big powder coating company with years of experience to help you get your equipments the professional powder coated finish.

Enhance Your Ceiling Tiles with Powder Coating

Posted on: May 28th, 2016 by byersbushblog

Ceiling tiles are remarkably convenient over other suspended ceiling materials because they can easily be removed in small sections when you need to get at something up above. Unfortunately these tiles end up looking dated and worn out over time and most people don’t believe there is a good way to improve them.

Water-based paint can’t be used on the tiles because it can lead to warping. Oil based paint is dangerous and a potential fire hazard. For those two reasons many companies and homeowners toss out their tiles when they don’t like the look any longer.

That is a simple solution, though not the most efficient or environmentally friendly. Instead of replacing your tiles you should consider refinishing them with a durable powder coat finish. This preserves the function of the tiles while giving them a while new look.

It’s Affordable

One of the biggest benefits of protectively coating your tiles is that it is very affordable. You will spend a fraction of the money that you would have spent replacing your tiles to give them a brand new look.

Instead of tossing your money out the window, consider using this cost-saving process to give your tiles the look that you now want. You can make your tiles look more modern and help them blend in with the rest of your home or business in the process.

Completely Customizable

Even when you buy brand new ceiling tiles you are limited a bit on the colors that you have to choose from. Typically it is going to be quite difficult to find the color and design that you want in your building, unless of course you want something very generic.

When refinishing the tiles you can choose any color that you like. You can pick and choose from dozens of different colors until you come across the one that is going to look the very best in your home. With so many different options available to you it will be easy to get just the look that you want, and you might end up with an end result that you enjoy even more than any new tiles could have given you.

Enhanced Durability

Standard ceiling tiles can be damaged by a number of issues. Humidity and moisture easily ruin even high quality tiles over time, and a clumsy maintenance crew can easily mar tiles causing them to need replacing.

That poses a serious problem when you’re relying on tiles that aren’t being produced any longer and you might end up with mismatched tiles if one becomes seriously damaged. When the tiles are protectively coated they will be much more durable than they once were.

This means they will be harder to damage and more likely to stand up to regular use. Even a clumsy maintenance crew would have trouble doing serious damage to the tiles, and most of the damage would likely be to the coating itself, which could be reapplied if necessary.

If you have some ceiling tiles that need a new look don’t just toss them out, consider having them powder coated instead. The high quality tiles are worth keeping for years and years and shouldn’t be thrown away unless absolutely necessary.

Adding a protective coating will save you money and give you a nice new set of ceiling tiles in any color that you desire. What’s not to like about such a procedure compared to the more wasteful replacement process that most companies go through?

Take a look at your local powder coating experts and see who can work on your tiles. With a bit of searching you should be able to find companies that can help you breathe new life into those aging tiles.

Contact Byers Bush for a high skilled coating crew to give your ceiling tiles a professional and protective powder coat shield with colors customization as you wish.


Breathe New Life into Your Radiator with Powder Coating

Posted on: May 26th, 2016 by byersbushblog

Radiators are known for lasting for decades upon decades and performing just like new all the while. Unfortunately they don’t look like new throughout all this time. The radiators slowly discolor and rust with time and eventually you get a worn down looking product that isn’t something you’d want to show off to anyone.

That doesn’t mean you have to live with the worn out look or worry about replacing the unit. Instead you can simply refinish your radiator to give it a like-new look once again. Some people resort to painting their radiators, but for many people a good solid powder coating is more reliable overall, and provides longer-lasting protective benefits as well.

Start with a thorough Cleaning

The first step to properly refinishing a solid radiator is with a sandblasting treatment. A large company like Byers Bush can sandblast radiators and apply a powder coat to them once finished. The sandblasting works to remove any rust as well as paint and other coatings long since worn out.

Only after the radiator is down to bare metal can it be properly coated to last. That is why a great deal of care must be taken while going through this process and why you want an expert doing the work. Not only that but blasting a too-thin radiator too harshly can lead to leaks and problems with your unit, and care must be taken.

Choose your Color

When you decide to have your radiator refinished it doesn’t matter whether you decide to go with paint or a powder coating, you get to choose the final color either way. When working with a professional company you will have more than a dozen different colors to pick from, and often many more than that as well.

Choose the one that is going to go with your décor the best, or that is going to blend with your changing needs throughout time. Many people choose to go with a neutral color to keep the radiator looking good for years no matter what the house looks like throughout that time.

Whatever color you decide on, it will be nice to have complete control over the final look and the ability to get a new looking radiator that blends with all your other décor just the way you like.

The Final Coating

After you have chosen the color of your coating and the cleaning process is complete you can have your radiator recoated. This process will likely take a few days to complete and will leave you with a thick protective coating.

The coating helps to smooth out the overall finish of your unit, leaving you with a smooth and like-new finish that you won’t be able to help but admire. The new coating will help fend off rust and should look nice for years to come. A solid powder coating will help protect your unit, but it won’t fix a radiator that isn’t in good shape.

Make sure that you only pay to have this process performed on a reliable unit that can be counted on despite its blemishes. Don’t waste your money trying to improve a radiator that doesn’t perform properly, because there are likely underlying issues that you have to solve first, or problems that simply cannot be fixed.

Once the coating process is complete hook your radiator up and test it once again to be sure that it performs properly. Once you know that it does you can enjoy the new look and the fact that you’ll have an excellent looking product for years to come after the work is complete.

Not only will your radiator look nicer, but it will be more durable and perform just as well as it did before the work was ever completed. That’s something worth getting excited about.

Contact Byers Bush to get the benefits of custom powder coating and make your radiator looks new again without rust attack.