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Environmentally Friendly Protection Against Corrosion

Posted on: March 8th, 2017 by byersbushblog

Use as an alternative to the traditional liquid paint that many of us know, powder coating makes use of an advanced process where finely ground particles are electrostatically charged and sprayed on the surface of the object to be coated. The result is a hard and durable finish that is considerably better than what can be done with conventional liquid paint. Why is it environmentally friendly?

Advantages of Powder

In powder coating, the parts have to be heated so that the powder can be melted to create a coat that will chemically and physically bond with the material’s surface. The great thing with this type of coating method is that the surface becomes almost scratch-, fade-, and chip-resistant. It is comparatively stronger than conventional paint, which means that it lasts longer and does not require recoating for a significant number of years.

Once it has sprayed on the surface of the material to be coated, it will be placed in a giant oven where it will be baked. The powder particles will be melted by the heat and fuse with the surface resulting in the smooth coat. The finish is equally attractive, uniform, and safe. So why is it considered environmentally safe? Because of the following reasons:

  • It has no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs);
  • No solvents are used, reducing the risk of fire and allowing for better waste disposal;
  • Generates less waste;
  • Recycling of the powder can be done using extraction systems;
  • Shorter processing time for the powder;
  • Operators are not at risk from the materials;
  • Newer powders can be cured at lower temperatures to conserve energy; and
  • Some types of powder coatings have higher chemical and physical resistance resulting in reduced transportation and storage cost.

Friend of the Environment

The powder coating process was initially used during the 1960s in Australia. This process used for coating metal structures is considered comparatively friendlier to the environment as against conventional liquid coatings and traditional powder coatings.

Because of the advantages stated above, it does not pose danger to human health or directly harms the environment. Even if it is over sprayed, it can still be recycled. This means that as much as 92% of the coating can be used with only a small percentage considered a waste.

The waste material is less hazardous to that produced by conventional liquid coatings. This means that it will not cause harm even to water supplies because there are no heavy metals involved like cadmium and lead for example. There is no waste water discharge directed to public sewers, ground water, or even the earth’s surface.

In terms of carcinogenic substances or agents, there is none. So the cells of the operators will not develop cancer even if exposed to powder coating for an extended time. The by-products of the process are as harmless as the actual powder coating process itself.

Affordable and Effective

Aside from being environmentally friendly, the entire powder coating process is also kind to your wallet. This is because as a durable coating, it can last for a considerably long time, which means there is no need to repeat the process at once.

It also does not require several coats to get a smooth and shiny finish, unlike paint. So, you save from the amount you have to pay for the powder. You also do not have to wait for a long time as powder coating can be finished in as fast as an hour. There is no problem when it comes to color, texture, and effects. Powder coating can offer a lot of options that you cannot get with paint. This means less amount of travelling from one store to another to get the perfect match. So you save on gas as well.

To make sure that environmentally friendly powder coating can deliver the results you expect, give a call to Byers Bush. We are a professional at delivering quality powder coating result to your important projects.

Powder Coating Protection for Your Marine Investment

Posted on: March 4th, 2017 by byersbushblog

How much have you invested in your boat? Would it be safe to say that it is a substantial amount of money? If that is the case, then shouldn’t you be ensuring that it remains in the best shape possible? One of the best ways to protect your marine investment is to have it powder coated. Why?

Preservation

One of the best ways to preserve the beauty of the metal fixtures of your boat for many years is to use powder coating. This process allows you to give the best protection against saltwater corrosion for all the metal parts of your boat. The great thing is that preservation can extend to the boat fixtures as well.

When you realize that the mixture of air, sunshine, water, and salt are all contributory factors to the formation of corrosion of metals, then you definitely need to use powder coating in every marine environment.

Properly executing the powder coating process will give protection to virtually all types of metals including aluminum and stainless steel. Boat parts made from these metals will benefit from superior and durable finish when proper powder coating is done.

Parts and Fixtures

Exactly what parts and fixtures of the boat can be subjected to powder coating? You can never underestimate the strength of powder coating when it comes to protecting the metal finish of your boat. The great thing with powder coating is that it maintains its protective barrier in typically all types of weather.

Want something that is easy to maintain and clean? Powder coating is the answer. Would you want to have the convenience of easily maintaining the clear coating of marine brass work or even copper fittings? If you are a boat owner, you know how challenging it could be to preserve the shine and luster of these metal parts in your boat. Would you really want to keep on buffing and polishing for hours?

Have colored rails, no problem, powder coating can match any color of boat parts that you have because of the wide selection available. So what other marine parts can be subjected to powder coating?

  • Towers;
  • Rails;
  • Outdrives;
  • Radar arches;
  • Boat gashes;
  • Fishing rod holders; and
  • Virtually any brass, copper, stainless, and aluminum fixtures on board.

The Work Options

It is understandable why some boat owners would consider sanding and painting rather than powder coating. Unfortunately, if you are dealing with a considerably large material, sanding it to get it cleaned can take a lot of your time. You also have to consider the amount of time to completely paint it. This would depend on how many coat of paints you want to use.

Sandblasting would be a good work option, however, if you are dealing with an anodized protective finish, then you have to know that this process will make it turn dull and gray. You may opt to prime it using zinc chromate before painting, but this will only add up to the work you need to do.

So, enter powder coating into your work options. Cost-wise, it would be almost equal to having the material primed and painted. However, powder coating would mean significantly less labor for you and quite possibly with impressively better result.

How to Do It

The initial step is to bake the material in an oven.  This prepares the frame for final coating by baking it at a higher temperature. The higher temperature removes the possibility of gassing. By baking the material, it becomes easier to remove the old sealant, putty, and other dirt on the materials.

After the material has been cooled, it can then be sandblasted. This ensures a completely clean surface that will pave the way for a smooth satin-like finish from the powder coating. The material needs to be electrically grounded followed by electrostatic spraying of the powder. This makes the powder stick to the surface of the material in a uniform fashion.

Once the powder has stuck to the surface it can then be oven baked. This melts the powder so that it flows and sticks to the metal to form a smooth coating that will be allowed to solidify. This leaves a smooth and shiny surface that is tough, corrosion resistant, and lasts longer than any painted surface will ever do.

When you consider all of these, powder coating is a minor expense for protecting one of your major investments. Contact Byers Bush to get the best powder coating possible and maximize your marine investment life time.

Refurbishing Old Radiator with Powder Coating

Posted on: March 1st, 2017 by byersbushblog

What do you do with an old cast iron radiator that is sitting in your home looking grimy and old? Would you consider refurbishing it or just throwing it out? If you want to bring back its old glory, one of the best ways to do it is to have the radiator powder coated. By undergoing the powder coating process, the cast iron radiator can gain a fresh new look and outstanding finish that will outshine even the best painting job. How do you do it?

Cast Iron

First off, why is cast iron used for radiators? This material was the choice for radiators even when it was first introduced during the Victorian era. The radiators brought about an air of authenticity to the period aside from the timeless beauty it added to the contemporary interiors at that time.

Aside from the outward appearance, cast iron is considered dense and has great mass that allows it to efficiently generate heat. This is why cast iron radiators are often believed to stay warm longer compared to other types of radiators. Even engineers and architects realize this unique characteristic of cast iron, which is why it has remained one of the more popular choices for heating element not only in many homes, but in buildings as well. Cast iron radiators have proven to be effective in negating the effects of dampness and condensation.

Coating Cast Iron Radiators

When considering how to coat cast iron radiators, it is important to note that it has a textured finish. This means that it will not be like steel radiators that have smooth finishes. If you want to paint your cast iron radiators you need to make sure that you use a low-odor paint. This will ensure that it will not give off fumes and foul smell as it begins to heat up.

The rougher finish is not that difficult to deal with so painting can be done easily. You can use a primer first before painting the radiator with a top coat. It is better to spray paint the radiator rather than using a hand brush. This makes it easier to reach between the columns and get a more even coating.

To get a tougher finish, consider powder coating the cast iron radiator instead. This will be subjected to sandblasting before coating. This will remove any old paint or coating and help you get a cleaner surface that will allow the powder coating to bond better with the cast iron. You have a choice of different colors as well as finishes for your radiator.

Despite the rough characteristic of the cast iron, you can achieve a smoother finish by using powder coating. The important thing to remember is to never expose the cast iron radiator to prolonged baking. This is because the gaskets will tend to deteriorate faster and may even result in leaking, which will invalidate any manufacturer guarantee that may still exist.

The size of the radiator will dictate just how much you will spend in refurbishing it using powder coating process. On the average, a small cast iron radiator may cost you around $28. This will include the entire powder coating process where the powder will be electrically charged and applied to the radiator surface using a special gun.

This allows for the surfaces to be coated uniformly. The radiator will be cured to about 400 degrees in an oven. This is beyond the 180 to 250 degrees operating temperature of the radiator so you need to make sure that it does not stay in the oven longer than necessary. When properly coated, you will end up with a durable, odorless, and scratch-resistant radiator surface. Normally, the ends and the tank of the radiator will be powder coated but not the fins. This is because the static electricity used to apply the powder coating may fill in some of the fins, which in turn will reduce the efficiency of the radiator.

If you want to make sure that the powder coating of the radiator is done properly, contact Byers Bush to have them professionally giving high performance powder coating to your old radiators and bring its glory back.