While Times Square rang in the new year, we restored “The Village” by artist Joe Doucet. These sculptures can see over 10,000 visitors a day. They needed a sturdy and longer-lasting face lift.
Outdoor metal artwork and furniture need to be refinished. Salt in the winter and sun in the summer wear away at finishes. Rust can grow and make them vulnerable.
Pieces in high traffic areas, like Times Square, experience more wear and tear. With this new powder coat finish, they are good to go for several more years.
We sandblasted them clean, removing the previous paint and rust.
Then we treated the bare metal with an iron phosphate anti-corrosion spray.
The size of the cages made for a tight fit. Our oven’s dimensions just managed to fit the cage with a few feet to spare.
Next time you’re in Times Square, stop by and take a selfie with these awesome sculptures!
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After the primer coat, we powder coated the cages bright yellow and blue again.
We sprayed them on their side. Then we lifted them on the forklift to get every angle covered.
More photos of the whole process!
What is Powder Coating?
Powder coating is almost like painting.
But the difference between paint and powder coat is the way its applied and its durability.
Powder coating is applied as a free-flowing powder in a completely dry form.
The coating is applied electrostatically and then cured under heat which causes it to form a kind of “skin” or “barrier”.
How does it work?
Electrostatic Spraying is a method typically used to achieve the application of the powder going onto a metal substrate.
This application method uses a spray gun.
It applies an electrostatic charge to the powder particles, which are then attracted to the grounded part (the metal).
Is it better than paint?
When cured, powder coating forms a protective finish that is much harder then conventional paint.
Due to the thermal bonding process, powder coated metal are resistant to weather, chemicals, corrosion, scratching, chipping and other wear and tears.
Powders also provide a more uniform coating because they don’t drip or run.
The colors stay vibrant longer then with wet painting.
Is it environmentally friendly?
Unlike liquid paint, powder coating doesn’t use harmful chemicals. There is also less material waste than traditional painting processes.
What Colors Can I choose?
Powder coating has literally thousands of color textures, and finishes to choose from.
In our office we provide many sample colors you can see in person to help with your decision making .
You can also google ral color chart to familiarize yourself and narrow down your color choice.
How can I get a Quote?
To get a quote is very simple, all you have to do is email us at Office@gothamcc.net with pictures and dimensions of the material you’d like to powder coat.
Once we receive your email we will reply back or call which ever one you prefer with a full description of your estimate.
After the details have been worked out you drop off your piece or we pick it up and get started right away.
Contact us today to talk about what is powder coating and how you can use it on your next project!
Translucent colors are one way of making your project pop. This roll cage is the perfect opportunity to show some of the steps involved in creating these colors.
Our client chose Shocker Yellow, a bright color that is actually a clear coat. To make the color pop, apply it over a bright chrome color.
We lightly sandblasted this roll cage to remove any impurities from the fabrication process. Then we applied iron phosphate to prevent rust and create a better bond between the powder and metal.
The first coat was a shiny chrome. The yellow-green translucent color was sprayed on top. The final result is a vivid lemon-lime.
This vintage table was an unusual project. Most of the time, we fix old scratches and discoloration to refurbish furniture. This project was an attempt to preserve those imperfections.
The old layer of paint was flaking off, which is not something you want with a kitchen table. We sandblasted that layer away so our client could see the bare metal.
They loved the industrial beat-up look of the surface. They decided they wanted a clear coat that protects the table while preserving the vintage look.
The matte clear top coat brought out some interesting details. The finish also makes sure the table is protected for daily use in a family home.
Contact us to find out about how we can help you with your vintage furniture!
Custom color matching is an involved and pricey process of trial and error. We recommend exhausting all possible existing color samples from our different suppliers before deciding to try color matching.
To find out more about our custom color mixing policy, contact us for more details.
Before asking for a custom color, we would recommend trying to just find a match from existing samples. An RAL color chart is the first place to look, because this is the universal color code for powder coating. one client wanted a powder coat that would match a touch up paint they already had – we painted a panel with the paint and after it dried we matched it up against all the yellow swatches we had in stock and sure enough we found one that was so close you wouldn’t be able to tell they weren’t the exact same color.
It’s hit or miss to pick a color off a screen, so we always try to make sure you pick your final color based on a physical sample. We have swatches from our suppliers, or we can make a sample here in the warehouse.
Sometimes it’s not so easy, and we end up having to order all sorts of sampled to find the right match. One customer needed a very particular shade of pink. When none of our suppliers had a color that matched, we worked our way to the right shade by mixing the two closest colors through trial and error.
The challenge, though, is that powders aren’t like paint. The colors don’t fully blend, and if you look at the finish very closely, you’ll see the different little spots of the two colors, like little speckles and grains in the finish. In these custom colors, you can see that we used a pinkish red and a light cream – you can see the white speckles standing out against the red.
We finished up some beautiful brass colored grills this week. Take a look at the smooth metallic finish!
This particular dining set our clients actually want to use them for indoor use. They liked the brass decorative knobs so much, they asked us to keep them free of powder. We polished them up to a mirror-like shine, then wrapped with a heat resistant tape. This way, no powder landed on the brass, and after the chairs came out of the oven we simply had to peel the tape away!
We can coat anything with powder rated for exterior use. As long as you follow the suggestions in our care sheet, then your furniture should last you for many more years!
Contact us to find out how we can help you restore your outdoor furniture!
We recently finished up an exciting project. A customer brought in a newly fabricated Jeep roll cage to be finished. First, we blasted all the welding residue off the piece, bringing it down to its base metal.
Figuring out how to work with such a bulky piece through each step of the powder coating process was tricky. Instead of hanging it like usual, our technician actually bolted metal wheels onto the base of the frame. After that, we could easily move the roll cage around the workshop.
The customer chose a lovely satin black that really makes the piece look road ready. We thought this project was a fun challenge, and you can’t beat the results! We think roll cage will look great once it’s installed.
We also powder coat bike frames. With the colder weather keeping you inside, why not personalize your bicycle? We can work with new bike frames or refurbish old ones! The paint on this bike had been banged up, but the frame itself was still good.
We can work with all steel and aluminum frames, forks and accessories! Just bring us the dismantled bike frame, and we’ll do the rest.
We sandblast the frames after stripping away factory finishes or old layers of paint. Before we powder, we mask off all the threads to protect them.
Throughout the process we work with you to pick a powder coat that matches the color you want – metallic, glossy, or matte. You can stop by and look through our samples, whether you have a color in mind or are looking for inspiration. An easy cheat is to take a look at the standard RAL color chart – we can match any of these colors in a glossy finish.
This frame now looks brand new with a fresh coat of silver!
It really is the season for restoring cast iron radiators. We’ve had quite a few come through in the past few weeks. People want to get their old heaters cleaned up and installed before it gets too cold. You’ll want to be warm for the holidays!
The change in weather is a remind to finally install that old heater that’s been sitting in your garage! We can sandblast those layers of old paint, dirt, and rust away and powder coat them good as new.
These radiators turned out to have nice brass fixtures under all that paint. We polished them up and left them brass, so they would stand out in contrast to the glossy white powder coat.
We’ve got more radiators to work on in the next few weeks, so keep an eye our social media for more examples of our work and to get ideas for any restoration projects you have.
We’re working on heaters now, but keep in mind we can restore all sorts of metal furniture and objects. Think about any springtime patio furniture you might want restored before the spring comes back around!