Outdoor Furniture Coating

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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The process of outdoor furniture coating can mean the difference between doomed and revitalized tables, chairs, and recliners. When you consider that such pieces can cost hundreds of dollars, it's clear that restoring (or preventively treating) outdoor furniture is the more attractive option for anyone who can't afford to burn money. What's more, powder coated furniture is more environmentally friendly than its metal-plated counterparts.

Outdoor furniture sees the worst of Mother Nature. It's made to bear the brunt of all four seasons, which often means extreme conditions such as driving rain and winds, scorching heat, and snow and ice. For that reason, the demands placed on such furniture are significantly greater than those put on indoor metal parts, which enjoy the relative comfort of a temperate and constant environment.

The Powder Coating Advantage

Until recently, a lot of furniture makers relied strictly on plastisol and PVC coatings for maximum durability and flexibility. Powder coating proved effective for some types of jobs but was considered less than ideal for others, namely those requiring certain properties such as strength and impact-resistance. For that reason, a good number of furniture manufacturers chose (and continue to choose) non-thermoset finishes--but they don't know the whole story.

In many cases, powder coating offers superior protective qualities that outmatch those of PVC and plastisol. Second, it's cheaper for furniture makers to use powder, a fact that translates into lower costs for consumers down the line. Finally, powder coating leaves no waste product the way alternative finishes do and may be shipped anywhere in the world without restrictions. PVC-containing products, on the other hand, are banned from import in many countries due to environmental regulations.

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