Over recent years Powdertech Corby has developed unique ranges of powder coating materials that follow trends in style and developments in technology. Two of the company’s ‘Collections’ range make a point of using powder coatings to reflect the natural aesthetic appeal of metal itself, in addition to protecting it from corrosion and abrasion.
Metal, in its natural state, can offer a variety of ‘looks’ to the designer and architect. Stainless steel evokes a clinical, modern, technological feeling. Lead-dull or spangled zinc can look minimalist or rustic. Copper and brass have a warm and homely appearance.
Oxidised copper and rusted iron look vintage, or stylishly ‘grungy’.
Evolution™, launched in March 2017, addresses the last of those ‘looks’ – stylishly and colourfully ‘aged’. In the natural environment, oxidation occurs on the surface of metals such as copper and bronze, resulting in beautiful patinas, but the metal itself is compromised, its strength and inherent properties weakened. Using Evolution powders, designers can achieve stunning effects on metal which is intact and protected. These polyester resin powder coatings create the effect of patination on the surface of the metal and provide excellent weather protection and durability.
Another specialist powder coating range, Anomatch™, enhances the metal with a lustrous sheen, creating an alternative finish to anodising. Anodised aluminium has a reputation for its ‘living’ quality, with natural metallic radiance. Anomatch creates the same effect, on aluminium and galvanized steel and the metal has high protection from corrosion and abrasion. Anomatch achieves a homogenous appearance within and between batches of material which is difficult to achieve with anodising, and across different materials which is impossible for anodising.
Where once, powder coatings, in their primary role as metal protectors, firmly hid the underlying metal from sight, the ability to protect and at the same time celebrate the natural beauty of metal has made many more design choices available to architects, designers and fabricators.