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When the Chips Are Down…

Posted on August 2nd, 2016

As we have become more involved in architectural coatings we have seen a significant increase in the amount of aluminum extrusion we finish. Most of this material is mill finish stock length and is anywhere from 10 to 24 feet. We pre-treat and powder coat it per customer specifications, usually prior to any fabrication or cutting operations. Due to the nature of the product and its’ high visibility, superior quality is expected, and defects due to dirt or contamination are not acceptable.

One Coat, Two Coat, Red Coat, Blue Coat

Posted on July 28th, 2016

There are a few things you want to understand before your next project. Most powder manufacturers offer their own primer/topcoat systems for improved corrosion resistance. Though these systems are most often used on iron products, some are used on aluminum as well. Three more common primers are zinc rich primer, zinc free epoxy primer, and epoxy e-coating. The question is, how do they differ, how much do they cost, and which one is right for the job?

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