Why Use Powder-Coating?

Why Use Powder-Coating?

Why Use Powder-Coating?

IMG_3379.gifWhen approaching the idea of writing a blog post about Lifetime’s powder-coating process and why it is important, I realized that I have one of the best resources for this topic. My dad, Wendell, is an engineer and has been with Lifetime Products for 15 years. About 6 years ago, he helped completely re-design our powder-coating system to make it more efficient for the company. He is an expert on this topic. So I sat down with my dad and interviewed him to find out why powder-coating is so important, what the process is, and why we use it on our metal parts. Here are some of the answers I got about our powder-coating process at Lifetime Products.

Q: Why does Lifetime use powder-coating?

A: Powder-coating puts a durable, long-lasting finish on our metal parts. If you are looking for a nice, paint finish, powder-coating is about the best you can get.


IMG_3376.gifQ:  What makes powder-coating better than regular paint or other finishes?

A:  It has a hardness that regular paint doesn’t have, making it weather and rust resistant. It also adheres to the part better without chipping or peeling. Powder-coating is very durable, yet flexible. Even though powder-coating has that “hardness” I mentioned, the cool thing about it is that you can still bend parts after they have been powder-coated and the paint won’t crack, peel, or chip along the bent section.

Q:  How does our powder-coating process actually work?

A:  First, the pre-treatment of the parts is a very important step to the process. Lifetime has a state of the art 5 stage washer that completely cleans and de-greases the part. Then the part goes through a dry-off oven and cooling stage before the powder-coating room. Once in the powder-coating area, the metal parts are given a negative charge, and the powder is ionized to get a positive charge. Then, when the powder is sprayed, it completely covers the part and sticks until it goes through a 450 degree oven that melts the powder into a strong, durable finish. The part then goes through quality inspection to make sure the process was complete.

Q: How do we ensure that the entire part is covered?

A:  First we use both automated and manual operators to spray the parts with the powder. The manual operators are trained specifically to spray the “faradays” – areas like corners that are difficult for the automated sprayers to cover. Then after the process, we have visual inspections and perform a variety of quality tests to ensure the part is covered and the coating was successful.

IMG_8924.jpgQ:  What is unique about Lifetime’s powder-coating process?

A:  We reclaim and reuse the extra over-spray powder through our process. Many companies just ‘spray to waste’. Another thing that is unique that I worked on specifically is our patented layout of our powder-coating area that allows us to spray up to 5 different colors – 4 at a time.

Good thing I have my dad to answer all of these questions about powder-coating. It is clear why Lifetime uses powder-coating on virtually every metal part in our products. Powder-coating will not crack, chip or peel, and provides a durable, long-lasting finish on our products.

Shalane

Shalane

Name: Shalane

Position at Lifetime Products: Product Marketing Manager for the Tables and Chairs category

How long at Lifetime Products: I have been with Lifetime since October 2009

My favorite Lifetime Products: Some of my favorites include: the Storage Box, round picnic table, and of course the kayaks. I love working for a company with such a wide variety of fun, durable products

 

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Mindy

10/28/2010 12:27:56 PM

Awesome! This was very informative.

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Michael kurtz

11/22/2010 12:13:39 PM

I have had both a lifetime shed 8 x 10 and have since moved it to a friends house and now have an 11 x 13.5 Storage buillding. The quality of the product is UNBELIEVABLE. I built the first shed on a remote area of our ranch on a pressure treated wood platform as a place to get in out of the weather when at our rifle range shooting. We decided it was not large enough and then put the deck and trailer in one piece on a trailer and transported it 6 miles to a friend’s house in one piece. We started over with an 11 x 13.5 on a 12 by 16 platform so now we have a porch as well. To say I was impressed with the quality of the first shed would be an under statement . We jacked up the shed put the deck on a trailer and moved it by simply attaching the deck to the trailer and the shed stood all alone with no ties or assistance and NEVER twisted or racked or anything.. WOW! We jacked it down leveled it and now it is fully usable in new location. No movement or change in square of the shed. AMAZING. Now we did this again and I am even MORE impressed.. Lifetime products are truly that.. LIFETIME products.. How appropriately named. Thanks lifetime for all of the engineering you put into making these products outstanding ! As one of my friends said.. we don’t have a shed we have a very cool cabin in the woods. Heated, solar powered and ready for fun!

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Jan

12/7/2010 1:50:41 PM

Thanks for sharing such an awesome story! 

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7/17/2011 11:37:35 PM

I absolutely love it! Keep up the good work.

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