Powder Coating

Old 05-07-2011, 04:31 AM
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I live on the water and have a lot of metal furniture. Well I have sanded and painted it each year, but I am tired of doing that. So I was thinking about buying the powder coater from harbor freight.
But it talks about an oven to bake it on, do I need that, because one piece I want to do it a table and chairs so that isn't going to fit in the oven.
Old 05-07-2011, 10:09 AM
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Look for a powder job shop or custom coater in your area. You did not mention the type of metal, ferrous or non ferrous but in either case have the furniture sand blasted down to bear metal. Instruct the finishing shop to use a zinc rich powder primer (if the metal is steel/ferrous) or an epoxy powder primer if the metal is Aluminum or non ferrous. The top coat should be a super durable TGIC. fully cured in a conventional convection oven. Or go to Powder Coating Magazine website and look at the pretreatment problem solving Q&A column. Good Luck, BG aka Sugarloaf
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We did a job a couple of years ago on the beach that needed a new second floor deck railing. We had a fabricator (well known for T-Tops and leaning posts) build the posts and railings. When done, they came to the job and fitted everything. They then took it all down and drove 1 1/2 hrs to a place to have everything powder coated.

Point is, if an established fabricator of marine metal products doesn't do powder coating themselves, there's got to be a reason.
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Powder coating is an excellent choice for outdoor furniture; however this is not a do-it-yourself project. As sugarloaf said, have it sand blasted then make sure the powder coating job shop uses a chemical pretreatment. Make sure they use either a polyester or a fluoropolymer for UV resistance. I owned a powder coating job shop in Miami for years and we coated 100s of thousands of pieces of outdoor furniture for a couple of manufacturers so message me if you need any more info.

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