Trends in Coatings: Powder Coating, Galvanizing, Wet Paint
you already have stalls and doors in place, or you're thinking of
installing some in the future, get the most for your money by
understanding the pros and cons of every viable option for paints and
you'll read about the differences in Powder Coating, Hot Dip
Galvanizing and Wet Paint. Selection depends on three things:
1. Your environment. Do you have excessive amounts of salt or moisture in your area?
2. Appearance. How important is a smooth, seamless appearance for your style and the aesthetic of your facility?
3. Maintenance. Are you willing to perform occasional maintenance to keep up the appearance of your equipment?
coating will give you the smoothest, most uniform finish of all types
of coatings. At Lucas Equine Equipment, we use blemish-free steel and
grind the weld seams smooth to ensure a flawless powder coated finish.
Then, the powder coating forms a smooth protective "skin" over the
properly cared for, most high quality powder coated finishes can last
several years. Powder coated finishes from Lucas Equine Equipment are
applied in a two-step process.
First, a zinc-rich primer is applied to create a protective base coat. This step ensures good adhesion. Secondly, a coat of Super Durable Powder Coat
paint is applied and baked to a hard finish. The Super Durable Powder
Coat paint used by Lucas Equine Equipment is a specially formulated
powder coating designed for superior gloss and color retention. This Super Durable Powder Coat paint also provides excellent outdoor weathering capabilities.
Lucas Equine Equipment offers nine standard colors, and a total of 190 specialty colors, as well as custom color formulations.
Powder Coating Pros & Cons
Hot Dip Galvanizing
Not all galvanizing is created equal. There are two types of galvanizing: pre-galvanizing and hot dip galvanizing.
Pre-galvanized material receives a thin coat of galvanizing material
prior to product assembly. The protective galvanized coating is -
however - burned off when the material is welded together, eliminating
the initial rust reduction of the pre-galvanizing process.
dip galvanizing, on the other hand, provides outstanding protection
from rust, creating a thick, scratch-resistant and virtually rust-proof
coating, even in coastal areas that receive regular salt exposure. To
properly galvanize steel equine equipment, the stall, door or gate is
first completely constructed, welded and cleaned. Then, the entire
product is dipped into a bath of molten zinc. At this point, the zinc
bonds to the steel, creating several layers of a durable zinc-iron
Equine Equipment products are built in a way to allow the zinc coating
to run inside the steel components, protecting both the inside and
outside of the steel.
Hot dip galvanized products can usually be identified by the crystallization pattern that covers the surface.
Hot Dip Galvanizing Pros & Cons
to the wide acceptance of powder coat paint, wet paint was the most
common type of painting for equine equipment. Wet paint is still an
option today; equipment can be built, cleaned and primed by
manufacturers like Lucas Equine Equipment. Then, the builder or farm
owner can apply wet paint once the product is installed.
may provide some advantages, such as the ability to use the same paint
and exact color used elsewhere on the property. However, it also
requires increased labor costs for painting, the potential for drips, runs and brush marks, and a finish that is less resistant to fading, chips or scratches.
Wet Paint Pros & Cons
At Lucas Equine Equipment, our on-staff experts
can help you determine the best coating for your location, application
and style preferences. We also offer touch-up paint for your current
Lucas Equine products, to help you maintain your powder coated finish.