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Benefits from coating architectural steel

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. When powder coating architectural steel, that chain becomes much stronger by preventing oxidation.

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When comparing e-coatings to a-coatings, there's very little daylight between the two processes. Turns out, the main difference turns out to be something small.

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Powder Coating is one of the most popular methods of protecting metals. It's cheaper, lasts longer, and is environmentally friendly.

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The A-Coating process resembles an e-coat. Both are excellent at protecting metals, but the process is the main difference between the two.

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Electric current combined with the dissolved metal cations equals Electroplating. This is the third of a series comparing methods of protective metal finishing processes.

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What do alchemy, Frankenstein, and a frog have in common? Galvanization

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Anodizing is an excellent solution for protecting metal because of the adhesion offered. It doesn't flake or lose its luster, making it a favorite for many industries.

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CARC is the specially developed, durable, non-absorbent, and highly resisting paint with a myriad of benefits commonly applied to military vehicles and equipment.

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Rust is a natural process, occurring with or without our help. Finding smart ways of working around it, however, is the only option remaining.

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CARC is a paint applied to military vehicles and ensures their metal surfaces remain resistant to oxidation and puncturing by chemical or biological agents.

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Using a gravelometer test, under SAE J400 standards, creates a fair comparison between different topcoats supplied by different finishers.

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CARC is a matte military version of the polyurethane paints developed and used on commercial products, primarily vehicles

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As good as the idea of adding a third layer to a two-coat top coat sounds, there are actually several issues to consider.

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The two-coat process, including e-coating, provides greater protection from rust and corrosion over other metal finishing systems. Not having a basecoat shortens the lifespan of your component.

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