Six Steps to Long-Lasting Furniture: Our Superior Powder-Coating Process
What’s responsible for the good looks and durability of all our products? Our six-step powder-coating process. While other companies also offer powder-coated products, our six-step process ensures the highest quality and longevity for our products.
Step 1—Shot-Blasting to White Metal
First, all of our metal is cleaned to white metal. We strip it to its purest form
using our state-of-the-art shot-blast system. This process removes all the impurities
from the metal, especially at the weld joints. It’s more effective than traditional
acid cleaning and also creates a more textured surface, allowing for better adhesion
of the powder coat.
Step 2—Five-Stage Chemical Pre-Treatment
Next, the metal goes through a five-stage chemical pre-treatment cleaning process.
It is etched, rinsed and cleaned to eliminate any residue and then sealed—further
promoting adhesion and encouraging corrosion prevention.
Step 3—Zinc-Rich Epoxy Coating*
A Zinc-Rich epoxy powder coating is then applied to provide the
highest quality of corrosion control. It works as a prime coat to protect the metal
from corrosion before it receives its topcoat.
Step 4—Zinc-Rich Epoxy Coating Gel-Cure
Next, the Zinc-Rich epoxy coating is cured to a gel, allowing the polyester topcoat
to combine with the Zinc-Rich epoxy, promoting better adhesion.
Step 5—AAMA 2604-Compliant Polyester Topcoat
A polyester topcoat is then applied that’s specially formulated to meet AAMA 2604-05
(American Architectural Manufacturers Association) standards for fading, cracking,
chalking, gloss retention, erosion resistance and chemical resistance. No one else
in the industry uses this high standard of topcoat. It ensures our products will
maintain their beauty and durability for years to come.
Step 6—Final Cure
Finally, the metal goes through a cure oven, which hardens the topcoat and completes
the integrated bonding between the Zinc-Rich epoxy and AAMA 2604-05-Compliant Polyester
* Zinc coating is not applied to aluminum-based products, as aluminum never rusts, so it doesn’t require this extra step.
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