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Top 3 Ways to Protect Your Patio Furniture From the Sun This Summer

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After a cool winter, we’re all looking forward to warmer temperatures. As you start thinking about a summer of fun in the sun, it’s a great time to prepare your patio furniture for the sweltering season ahead. Just like any other item left out in the sun, your metal patio furniture can be expected to show some wear and tear because of UV rays, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t slow down the sun’s damage.

Let’s look at some of the ways you can protect your patio furniture this summer.

Shade it.

Just like our skin, the best way to protect your patio furniture from the harsh UV rays of summer is to keep it in the shade. Well, that might seem counterintuitive, because the whole purpose of using patio furniture is for you to enjoy it in the sunshine, right? Consider organizing your furniture so that it’s not in full, direct sunlight to help it keep it out of the constant, damaging effects of the sun.

Powder coat it.

Powder coating your patio furniture is the equivalent of covering your skin in sunscreen. It creates a layer of protection between the metal item and the harsh UV rays, slowing the progression of the damage caused by the sun. Though it won’t last forever, powder coating can help your furniture resist fading and rust, giving it a great finish for longer than any other wet paint product.

Store it.

Once the summer season is over and you find yourself spending less time on the patio, it’s a good time to store your outdoor furniture. Store it in a shed, garage, or another covered space to eliminate extra UV ray exposure throughout the year. Storage can also help to prevent other damaging weather changes, like rain, snow, and strong winds.
Is your patio furniture ready for the sunny, San Marcos summer? As you plan your patio layout, let our crew at Electro Tech Powder Coatings give your patio furniture a gorgeous, lasting finish that will help it withstand the sun’s damage for years to come. Call (760) 746-0292 for a free estimate today!

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Powder Coating for Your Outdoor Decor

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With spring just around the corner, we’re all feeling the pressure to get some spring cleaning done. Before you go and throw away a few antique metal pieces, consider upcycling them first!

They say that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and with a brilliant layer of powder coating, we couldn’t agree more!

Give your yard a spring makeover with these upcycled items.

Patio Furniture

Planning for the perfect backyard BBQ starts with a gorgeous set of patio furniture. Before you spend hundreds of dollars replacing the old set, consider powder coating it with a base coat of your choice and then rub on an antique finish or metallic highlights for a unique look. Finish it with a clear coat and it’s ready for your party!

And if that old metal chair just isn’t suitable for sitting anymore? A little powder coating for a fresh look and a green thumb can turn turn something drab into a beautiful piece of garden art.

Toolboxes

Perhaps you started cleaning out the garage and came across your dad’s old toolbox. You might not be ready to give it up, but that doesn’t mean you can’t give it new life! Transform it with a fresh coat to make it look like new and then go ahead and get gardening!

Bicycles

If your poor old peddle bike has seen better days, there are a few ways you can give it an update! Choose your powder coating color to match a planter full of plants or flowers and create this dazzling yard display.
Maybe your green thumb really isn’t all that green. That’s okay too! These bicycle wheel crafts can give your yard (and home) a gorgeous update, too!

Why choose powder coating?

While traditional outdoor grade paint might seem like the ideal option for giving your metal decorative items a new look, it is far more likely to fade, chip, and get scratched off. Powder coating stands up to heavy wear and tear, so it’s the perfect kind of protection for your Pinterest-worthy yard decor!

Do we have you feeling inspired? Start your project today by giving us a call at (760) 746-0292 or by contacting us online for a free estimate!

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Powder Coating for Optimal Durability and Design

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Powder coating is a dry finishing technique that is usually applied electrostatically to surfaces, and creates a soft new layer with vibrant colors. In addition to aesthetic improvements, this “skin”a mixture of resins, fillers, and pigmentscan increase the durability of materials. It also improves resistance to weather, corrosion, and impact, among other benefits. There are many applications for powder coating, like wheels, chassis, freezers, mailboxes, pipelines, and even trailers. Basically, any object can be powder coated as long as it can withstand the electrostatic charge and the extreme heat of of the curing process.

Here Comes the Sun!

If you’re like us and you live in San Diego, chances are you love going to the beach and getting a tan. Well, you might love California’s weather, but it turns out that metal parts and the sun don’t get along very well. In fact, the effects of prolonged exposure to sunlight can be devastating to both your motorcycle and your lawn chairs. That’s why many of our customers choose powder coating over painting to ensure maximum protection for their vehicles and outdoor products.

It’s important to highlight that powder coating is not entirely weather proof. If it’s constantly exposed to salty air and water, it can eventually break down. So, yes, rainy days aren’t ideal either! However, powder coating does go a long way toward protecting metal surfaces and making them more resistant to water and UV radiation.

Unique Wheels

The automotive industry has helped to popularize powder coating in the last years. It’s easy to understand the reason if you think about the wheels of a car. They usually catch people’s eyes because they’re easy to spot and there are many designs available. While most people prefer gray shades, powder coating gives you the power to go beyond the ordinary. Why don’t you try unique colors to give your vehicle more style and make it stand out on the streets? No matter how conventional or weird your taste is, a car should suit your personal preference. Make it your own with powder coating!
Powder coating is environmentally safe and can make your metal parts look better and last longer. At Electro Tech Powder Coating, we can develop custom powder coating colors to meet your specific needs. Contact us through our website or just call (760) 746-0292 to get a free estimate.

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Powder Coating is VOC Free

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Powder coating doesn’t produce VOCs like paint and other harsh compound.

With the modern environmental movement in full swing, a lot of adults often reminisce about the countless abuses to the air, water, and land that took place before the world began to understand such effects on ecosystems and organisms alike. Children would often ride behind mosquito control trucks pretending they were flying through the clouds like airplanes, not knowing they were riding in clouds of DDT!

One area that has received a lot of attention in recent years are the release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air we breathe, especially indoors. Capable of easily entering the air from solid or liquid sources, VOCs are chemicals found in many commonly used products in both home and industry. Gasoline, new carpeting, fresh paint, even furniture polish releases VOCs into the atmosphere and prolonged exposure can cause illness.

With this being said, one of the benefits of powder coating is the fact that the process produces a negligible amount of VOCs by virtue of it not relying on harsh solvents (either during manufacture or application) in order to work. This environmental benefit, albeit small, reinforces the ideology that when it comes to protecting the planet, every little bit helps. Furthermore, it reinforces why powder coating is better than painting!

For almost 25 years, Electro Tech Powder Coating has proudly and skillfully met the needs of countless individuals and businesses throughout the San Diego County area. We have always believed in getting the job done right the first time and on time. We’ve proven to be leaders in offering custom powder coating services, all the while treating clients like family.

Contact us today at (760) 746-0292 to receive a FREE estimate and discover why discerning clients trust Electro Tech for all their powder coating needs!

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Highly Durable Custom Motorcycle Powder Coating

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Custom motorcycles (choppers) lend themselves well to custom powder coating.

Among the most famous, and most clichéd, of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s cinematic one-liners, “Get to the chopper!” from Predator (1987) has been uttered by countless fans around the world. Moviegoers knew that Arnold was referring to a helicopter, but motorcycle fans think of something entirely different when they hear the word “chopper”.

Indeed, the birth of the chopper can trace its roots back to the 1950’s when many of the ornate components of older motorcycles were removed in order to lighten the bikes and improve their performance… Such modifications were popular with more dedicated enthusiasts. However, their popularity soared thanks to the film, Easy Rider (1969). Soon, chopper was used when referring to any form of customized motorcycle.

For traditionalists, the only way to create a chopper is to do things their way. Therefore, motorcycle powder coating is a great option for personalized chopper builds because the finish is highly durable, available in a wide variety of colors, and capable of much shorter turnarounds relative to paint jobs. The latter benefit is helpful in allaying the concerns of anxious owners when they inevitably pose the question, “How long does powder coating take?”

Remember, great builds take time… Know that Electro Tech Coatings will be there to help your dream become a reality.

For almost 25 years, Electro Tech Powder Coating has proudly and skillfully met the needs of countless individuals and businesses throughout the San Diego County area. We have always believed in getting the job done right the first time and on time. We’ve proven to be leaders in offering custom powder coating services, all the while treating clients like family. Contact us today at (760) 746-0292 to receive a FREE estimate and discover why discerning clients trust Electro Tech for all their powder coating needs!

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The Science Behind Powder Coating

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What is Powder Coating?

Quite often, we hear that baking is a science. Consider the skill necessary to turn raw ingredients into cake. Get it right, delicious perfection awaits. Get it wrong, throw it all away. Powder coating is very similar in that regard due to the process of how the process builds from start to finish.

First… What is powder coating?powder coating process

It’s a method of applying special, electrically-charged powder to grounded parts. This powder adheres to a given part through an electrostatic attraction. Eventually, heat is added to flow the powder together and cure it into the durable, long-lasting finish that a reputable powder coating shop like Electro Tech Coatings provides its customers.

During the process, diffused powder leaves the spray gun toward the object. This is where a high voltage, low amperage power unit supplies a charging electrode at the front of the spray gun. This electrode emits a field charge upon all the powder particles, enabling them to attach themselves to the object from almost any angle (known as wraparound). This facet represents a huge benefit of powder coating rounded items, such as roll bars and roll cages in competition vehicles, relative to painting. The threat of drips and running is eliminated, leaving a much more professional finish as a result.

Electro Tech Coatings Powder Coating Walkthrough & FAQ

“The painter is just like the race car driver–he’s the hero. And the shop manager–well, he’s like the crew chief. Everyone else is like the pit crew, it’s really exciting,” this was the picture that owner and operator of Electro Tech Coatings, Adam Mitchell, conjured up as we stepped inside his facility to get the play-by-play on the powder coating process for Project Tiger’s Eye’s wheels.” Read this powder coating walk through article here

For over 20 years, Electro Tech Powder Coating has proudly and skillfully met the needs of countless individuals and businesses throughout the San Diego County area. We have always believed in getting the job done right the first time and on time. We’ve proven to be leaders in offering custom powder coating services, all the while treating clients like family. Contact us today at (760) 746-0292 to receive a FREE estimate and discover why discerning clients trust Electro Tech for all their powder coating needs!

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Powder Coating Shop Can Handle Large Prototype And One-off Projects

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Electro Tech Coatings has the ability to handle larger prototype and one-off projects within its production facility

Everyone at Electro Tech Coatings is proud to have been part of the team that has allowed our company to carve out a unique niche as a highly respected powder coating shop in the San Diego area. We have been expanding our horizons as of late as new and intriguing opportunities presented themselves to us. Our facility has taken on several prototype projects and one-off production units for large manufacturers given our ability to powder coat objects up to 20 feet long.

Our specialty is in customized production work. So, whether the product is a “one-off” or you are ready to produce 100’s of items, Electro Tech will strive to provide you with timely, quality-controlled powder coating service.

This is all the more flattering when one considers the importance of prototyping; they allow designers & fabricators from a given firm to test design features and address any issues that may arise before production. Prototypes can also be used to provide a durable, finished, and aesthetically pleasing visual model for financiers to consider prior to investing capital. Given these facts, firms are invited to bring their prototypes to Electro Tech before important presentations or technical peer reviews.

We openly invite manufacturers to send us their specifications or drawings for a bid on how powder coating can benefit them.

Either way, our experienced staff will exercise the utmost caution and care in taking care of your prototype and ensuring that you are completely satisfied with the result.

For over 20 years, Electro Tech Powder Coating has proudly and skillfully met the needs of countless individuals and businesses throughout the San Diego County area. We have always believed in getting the job done right the first time and on time. We’ve proven to be leaders in offering custom powder coating services, all the while treating clients like family. Contact us today at (760) 746-0292 to receive a FREE estimate and discover why discerning clients trust Electro Tech for all their powder coating needs!

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What Car Parts Can Be Powder Coated

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Powder coating car parts helps protect someone’s automotive pride and joy!

We’re a car crazy culture. Those who love cars more than others often do so by building (or purchasing) a specialized “toy”. Be it a throwback car from one’s youth, a timeless classic, or an exhilarating race car, many Americans have a car dedicated to enjoyment rather than the daily commute.Electrotech Coatings. San Marcos, CA 92069 760-746-0292

To help the object of their affections withstand the abuse of road & track, many of these individuals will have considered the benefits of powder coating when specifying finishes.

Why? Because super durable powder coating can be applied to any object that can hold an electrostatic charge. In the context of automobiles, this makes practically any make and model produced in the last 120 years prime candidates for the process because iron, steel, and aluminum are the most common metal types found in cars.

Examples of automotive parts that can be powder coated

  • Chassis and frames
  • Springs and swaybars
  • Shock and strut bodies
  • Roll bars and roll cages
  • Wheels
  • Oil pans
  • Brackets

For over 20 years, Electro Tech Powder Coating has proudly and skillfully met the needs of countless individuals and businesses throughout the San Diego County area. We have always believed in getting the job done right the first time and on time. We’ve proven to be leaders in offering custom powder coating services, all the while treating clients like family.

Contact us today at (760) 746-0292 to receive a FREE estimate and discover why discerning clients trust Electro Tech for all their powder coating needs!

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Powder Coating Verses Paint Durability

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At Electro Tech Coatings, we love to see our client’s items transform in ways that totally surpass expectations. However, many people miss out on the utility of powder coating because they don’t understand what it is or the ways in which it can be used. This finishing process is superior to paint, and well worth the investment. Would you like to know more about powder coating? Here are some of the frequently asked questions we receive from new clients:

  • What is powder coating? Powder coating is a process of applying a decorative and protective finish to a variety of materials. A dry mixture of resins, fillers, and pigments are applied electrostatically to metal objects. Then, the object is heated so that the power melts and fuses together into a “skin” on the exterior of the object.
  • What can be powder coated? Any object that can hold an electrostatic charge and withstand the heat of the curing process can be powder coated. Popular items include bicycle frames, vehicle parts, outdoor furniture, metal fencing, industrial fabrications, and more.
  • Why is powder coating better than painting? Powder coating is more environmentally friendly than traditional paint because it has no solvents or VOCs. Additionally, powder coating is one of the most durable and long-lasting finishes available.
  • What colors are available? Virtually any color you desire can be created for your project, and you can also get custom finishes or special effects like glitter or antiquing. The customization options are endless.

With so many benefits of powder coating, this process offers an ideal finish that will last for many years. The team at Electro Tech enjoys introducing new clients to the powder coating process, as well as the many ways that it can revolutionize the way they look at custom finishes.

To learn more or to get a quote for your own project, contact us today at 760-746-0292!

San Diego powder Coating by Electro Tech Coatings serves all of San Diego county and surrounding areas.

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Rehab and Restoration Of Household Metal Items With Powder Coating

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Rehab and Restoration Movements—How Smart Innovators are Transforming Trash into Design Treasures

If you have checked out rehab and makeover shows on networks like HGTV and the DIY Network, you have probably seen clever people transform what seems like trash into treasures. They decorate homes, yards, and commercial spaces for pennies on the dollar, because they use inexpensive or found objects and restore them in modern ways. These enterprising individuals have inspired a movement toward imaginative repurposing, and some followers even use their skills to upcycle items for profit. If you have been bitten by the proverbial rehab/restore bug, you are not alone. However, before you get started, you need to learn more about the ways in which various items can be restored or transformed. For example, when it comes to many metal items, power coating services offer an excellent way to transform tired or damaged pieces into like-new beautiful objects.

If you are new to the concept of powder coating, this process utilizes colored powder applied electrostatically to metal items and heat-cured to form a durable finish. You probably see plenty of powder-coated items in your everyday life, such as bike frames, kitchen mixers, playground equipment, outdoor furniture, and vehicle parts. With so many custom powder coating colors and finishes, this medium is as versatile as paint but provides the durability metal needs. What are some finds that you could powder coat for your home or to sell for profit? The possibilities are endless, but popular items include metal bed frames, antique light fixtures or lamps, bird cages, patio furniture, older bicycle frames, metal picture or mirror frames, and even tools.

If you are interested in powder coating furniture, household good or other items on your rehab and restoration efforts, contact Electro Tech Coatings for a quote. We can help you discover the many applications of this finish, and have you turning those salvaged finds into design showcases for your home or for sale. Call us today at (760) 746-0292.

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San Marcos, CA 92069

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