Ask the Contractor: Powder coating old patio furniture is the answer! | The Daily Courier

I am in desperate need of a company to refinish our patio furniture. My husband is ready to buy cans of spray paint, and I am afraid of what is going to happen. — Lorie and Richard, Williamson Valley.

YCCA is here to save the day and your marriage. After baking in the sun for years, my patio furniture was on the verge of being donated, until RAW Customs came into my life. Jason Nance, owner of B&M Painting, opened a powder coating shop and — out with the old and in with the new — I now have fantastic looking patio furniture.

I had no idea what powder coating was. So with a lesson from Jason and Del, I learned powder coating is a dry finishing process that makes old look new. Powder coating is top drawer in the finishing market, and I am sure there are other patio sets in town that can use a new look.

Powder coating is used on a wide array of products and is a high-quality, durable finish. It is almost a protective finish and is truly a decorative finish. RAW Customs has a wide range of colors and textures. The guys asked what color I wanted and I said to surprise me. I have a beautiful desert brown color with fantastic flakes of gold that just makes my patio smile.

Powder coatings are based on polymer resin systems, combined with curatives, pigments, leveling agents, flow modifiers and other additives. Del and the team at RAW Customs melt, mix, cool and make a beautiful powder that is almost similar to baking flour. Then they use a process called electrostatic spray deposition (ESD) over the item(s) with a spray machine.

After application of the powder coating, the parts are put into a curing oven and, with heat, the coating chemically reacts to produce long molecular chains, resulting in a beautiful new finish.

Powder coating, because of its molecular chains, is very resistant to breakdown. My patio furniture has been outside since May and it looks as beautiful as the day the furniture was delivered.

Powder coating is a high-quality finish and I have discovered that thousands of products in our environment are powder coated. It is durable and very attractive. Powder-coated items are more resistant to the impact of moisture, chemicals, ultraviolet light and other extreme weather conditions, which in turn, reduces the risk of scratches, chipping, abrasions, corrosion, fading and other wear issues.

It’s tough. It looks great. And it lasts a long, long time and you can change colors — so, when the beautiful desert brown with the gold flakes powder-coating is no longer my color of choice, I will not turn to cans of spray paint nor will I donate; now, I just call RAW Customs for a new color, maybe turquoise or how about red?

Here is some cool information about something that is taking place in our community. I will gladly accept home canning samples.

Join our Cooperative Extension for an informative workshop reviewing canning basics and safe home-canning practices for fruits, vegetables, proteins, jellied products and pickles.

Participants will learn about appropriate canning methods for different food items, proper packing, head space, altitude adjustments, processing times and more. This workshop will also cover how to and when to use both water bath and pressure canners to preserve foods at home. The workshop will conclude with demonstration of canning tomatoes. All participants will receive a print copy of the Complete Guide to Home Canning (196-page, color, spiral-bound recipe and resource book).

This class requires advanced registration of a non-refundable fee of $28 to cover class costs. Class space is limited, so register early. The class will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Extension Office located at 840 Rodeo Drive, Building C, Prescott. Call 928-445-6590, ext. 221, to register.

Remember to tune in to YCCA’s Hammer Time every Saturday and Sunday morning at 7 on KQNA 1130 AM, 99.9 FM, 95.5 FM or on the web at Listen to Sandy to Mike talk about the construction industry meet your local community partners and so much more. What a great way to start your weekend.

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Post time: Sep-08-2019