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We now offer a complete powder coating service. We can powder coat anything that can conduct
electricity from automobile parts to outdoor furniture!

What is powder coating?

Powder coating is an advanced method of applying a decorative and protective finish to a wide range of
materials and products that are used by both industries and consumers.

The powder used for the process is a mixture of finely ground particles of pigment and resin, which is
sprayed onto a surface to be coated. The charged powder particles adhere to the electrically grounded
surfaces until heated and fused into a smooth coating in a curing oven. The result is a uniform, durable,
high-quality, and attractive finish. Powder coating is the fastest-growing finishing technology in North
America, representing over 10% of all industrial finishing applications.

What are its advantages?

More Durable
Powder coating gives consumers, businesses, and industry one of the
most economical, longest-lasting, and most color-durable quality finishes
available. Our
color chart shows the wide array of colors available.

Powder coated surfaces are more resistant to chipping, scratching, fading, and wearing than other
finishes. Color selection is virtually unlimited with high and low gloss, metallic, and clear finishes
available. And colors stay bright and vibrant longer. Texture selections range from smooth surfaces to a
wrinkled or matte finish, and rough textures designed for hiding surface imperfections.

Protects the Environment
Powder coating is also highly protective of our environment. While liquid finishes contain solvents which
have pollutants known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), powder coating contains no solvents and
releases negligible amounts, if any, of VOCs into the atmosphere. Thus, there is no longer a need for
finishers to buy costly pollution control equipment. In addition, most powder coating overspray that does
not adhere to the part can be retrieved and reused, virtually eliminating the waste commonly found in
liquid finishing processes.

Saves Money
Elimination of VOCs and reduction of wastes saves money and helps companies comply more easily
and economically with the regulations of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Volvo In fact, one of the major elements in expanding the market for powder coating has been the
implementation over the past 30 years of stringent air pollution control legislation.

Where Is Powder Coating Used?

Thousands of products and parts are currently powder coated:

Appliances
Kitchenware The appliance industry benefits from powder coating on
front and side panels of ranges and refrigerators, washer tops and lids, dryer drums, air-conditioner
cabinets, water heaters, dishwasher racks, and cavities of microwave ovens. Powder coating has also
replaced porcelain enamel on many washer and dryer parts.

Automotive
The automotive industry uses powder coating on wheels, bumpers, hubcaps, door handles, decorative
trim and accent parts, truck beds, radiators, filters, and numerous engine parts. A clean powder topcoat
has been developed to protect auto bodies. BMW and Volvo are using it on their new model cars, and
GM, Ford, and Chrysler have formed a consortium to test this technique on their production lines.

Architecture/Building
Nowhere else are the benefits of architectural powder coating more evident than on the thousands of
commercial, industrial, government, residential, historic and institutional buildings from around the world.
For 30 years, powder coating has been the finish of choice for a superior, more colorful, longer lasting
and more durable finish. Powder coating is specified because of its durability, scratch resistance, gloss
retention, weatherability, resistance to chalking, the unlimited range of colors, finishes, glosses and
textures. Virtually any part and any product in your next project might lend itself to powder coating
including metal, aluminum, composites, wood, plastic, glass and ceramic. Powder coating is superior to
liquid paint and anodizing®.

Everyday Products
There are also innumerable everyday uses for powder coated products such as lighting fixtures,
antennas, and electrical components. Farmers have powder coated tractors and farm equipment.
Fitness buffs use golf clubs and golf carts, ski poles and bindings, snowmobiles, bicycles, and exercise
equipment that are powder coated. Shop owners have powder coated display racks, shelves, store
fixtures, and vending machines. Office workers use metal furniture, computer cabinets, mechanical
pencils and pens, thumbtacks, and other desk accessories that are powder coated. Parents have
powder coated baby strollers, cribs, metal toys, and wagons. And home owners have lawn mowers,
snow blowers, barbecue grills, patio furniture, garden tools, electronic components, bathroom scales,
tool boxes, and fire extinguishers which benefit from a powder coated finish.

Non-Metal Products
While powder coating started as an alternative to finishing metal products only, the development of
powder that can be cured at lower temperatures has allowed powder coating to expand to non-metal
surfaces such as ceramics and some wood and plastic applications. Powder coating on wood is growing
by leaps and bounds. Manufacturers of home-office furniture, kitchen cabinets, children's furniture, and
outdoor grill tables are discovering that powder coating makes these "hard use" products retain their
new look much longer.
American Metal Arts - Your source for quality cut metal art for all your metalworking projects!
Located at Buffalo Airport
Alan Bellinghausen
abellinghausen@suddenlink.net
806 679-1006

Greg Dodson
buffgd@aol.com
806 236-1109

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American Metal Arts.
We now do custom
powder coating for your
own projects,
motorcycles, car parts,
furniture and more!