Black Powder Coat Finishes

Black Powder Coat Finishes

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Stainless steel resists rust exceptionally well. But it's not impervious to salt corrosion. Microscopic fissures develop over time and eventually can lead to structural failure. That's why some highest-end builders have moved to black powder-coated stainless steel for their fittings. It holds up better in salt water. And there's the wow factor in that it just looks wicked sexy. Upfront costs do increase. Length of service, however, also increases dramatically.

Powder coating is an enviro-friendly process in which positively charged powder is sprayed onto the negatively charged part, then baked, resulting in an incredibly thick, durable and long-lasting protective layer. No volatile organic compounds are used. It's a little tricky to get right when you're working with stainless surfaces. We've invested in the technology based on growing interest and evolving aesthetics.

The tried-and-true bright-polished 304 and 316 stainless will remain the materials of choice for most customers. But you might want to look at powder coat it if you're undertaking a one-off build, or if you're a builder planning to roll out a brand new line of bluewater yachts. It is now an option for almost any part we fabricate, up to and including large pulpits and stern rails.