May 28, 2008

Seeing all the shiny metal furniture on display at ICFF reminded us that we love powder-coating. More specifically, we love how easily it makes something old and rusty look shiny and new (hello, exterior furniture!). Below the jump, a quick explanation of what exactly powder-coating is, how it's done, where to find someone to do it, and what the costs are like.

Technically, powder-coating is just another finish for metal objects. However, it's not something you can just do at home. You need to have a professional do it.

What's the point? Say you find some garden chairs (or a bed frame, or a chair base!) at the flea or a garage sale that you absolutely love, but unfortunately they are really beat-up (think rusty). Having them powder-coated is a terrific way to give them a new look. It's also great because most powder-coating shops have a wide variety of colors to choose from, and finishes like flat or high-gloss.

On our own quest to find a local powder-coating shop, we came across www.powdercoating.org. Not only does it list shops by state, but it has a lot of other useful information that we were happy to read up on.

The prices vary, especially depending on the prep work. For instance, if your furniture needs stripping, it'll put you at the higher end of the price range. We found that a single garden chair powder-coated would cost anywhere between $45 to $80.

If you've got a powder-coating before-and-after photo, send it to us! We're always interested in what colors people choose.

Images found here.

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