I like outdoor metal furniture but this set could have used some powder coating. It’s obvious that this furniture is vintage and was made prior to the new powder coat process we have today. But it still looks good on the lawn with some metal slat chairs, tables and a recliner. It just goes to show that if you have the right ingredients you can have a good party anywhere. Fortunately, the powder coat process has been improved to resist rusting and protect metal finishes. Let’s explore the science behind powder coating.
Outdoor Metal Furniture
Powder coating is used on metal surfaces to create a hard finish that is tougher than traditional paint products. It’s used on metal products related to household appliances, car parts, bicycle parts and now outdoor metal furniture. The most common application is to spray the powder using an electrostatic gun which sends a positive electric charge to the powder via an air compressor. The powder is a non liquid which produces a thicker coat that conventional paint products. The non liquid aspect of the product is also key to protecting the metal from rusting. Different air nozzles are used depending on the surface of the object and the desired thickness of the powder coat. Once the coat is applied the object is heated and the powder melts onto the surface to create one uniform film. It is then cooled and the powder coat hardens to a protective finish. Now you can understand why it’s hard to find vintage outdoor furniture without any rust or corrosion. Rust or not it’s not stopping this party. Pull up a chair and let’s get this party started.