Metal fabrications play a huge role in our daily lives. Be it handrails, balustrades, metal gates, metal railings, machinery parts or steelwork, the work of metal fabricators makes life easier, safer and more convenient. Without an appropriate finish, however, metal doesn’t perform as well as you might expect. In fact, raw metals suffer damage from natural sources that drastically shortens their useful lifespan. This can include erosion by salt, rusting when exposed to water and weakening by ultraviolet light.
Powder coating eliminates these concerns. At S Walker Fabrications Ltd, our Leeds-based team recommends applying a powder coat for multiple reasons. Chief among these are improved resistance to scratches, chips and wear and tear, increased fabrication longevity and a flawless, smooth finish.
You can choose from various finishes, including polyester, epoxy and epoxy polyester. As a customisable finish, you also have a wide range of colours and gloss levels available.
When it comes to powder coating in Leeds and the neighbouring areas, you can apply the perfect finish to:
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Powder coating is a dry finishing process that was perfected in the 1960s. Today, due to the unmatched results it produces, not to mention rapid turnaround times, it makes up over 15% of the entire industrial finishing market.
Whether you’re in Leeds or any other location, the process itself starts with a powder. This consists of polymer resin systems combined with pigments, curatives, flow modifiers, levelling agents and various other additives. When mixed, melted, cooled and ground, these ingredients create a uniform powder.
Your experienced operative uses a process called electrostatic spray deposition to apply this powder to your chosen substrate. During the application, the powder passes through a spray gun.
The gun applies an electrostatic charge to the moving particles. When released, your substrate’s grounded surface naturally attracts the positively charged powder, creating a smooth, even coating without any drips, runs or sags.
Whether you’ve applied powder coating to balustrades, metal railings, metal gates or any other fabrication, it enters a curing oven. Exposure to heat essentially melts the powder before it reforms as a solid. This creates a chemical reaction that produces long molecular chains. In turn, this results in high cross-link density.
These molecular chains have extremely high resistance to breakdown. This creates a finish with impressive, long-lasting resilience capable of withstanding even the most extreme conditions in Leeds and the wider West Yorkshire area.
The Durability of Powder Coating
Because this process creates a hardwearing, yet attractive, finish, many products you use every day likely have a powder coat. This spans everything from basic household items to tough, heavy-duty machinery.
The durability of a powder coat far exceeds that of liquid paints. These coats have greater resistance to diminished coating quality due to moisture, impact, chemicals, ultraviolet light and extreme weather. By extension, this makes your powder coat highly resilient to scratches, abrasions, corrosion, fading, chipping or any other wear and tear issues.
Powder coats are tough and look fantastic. They have an impressively long lifespan and retain their as-new appearance for the duration.
It’s no wonder why our clients in Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield and the surrounding areas choose powder coating for their balustrades, metal gates, metal railings and other fabrications.
In addition to its durability, this finishing process delivers the following benefits: