One of the first jobs processed by our new powder coating plant was for Gloucestershire sculptor Lucy Unwin. Lucy asked us to hot dip galvanize and powder coat a five piece sculpture entitled The Dance. The Dance is to be exhibited at the ‘Sculpture at The Grove 2011’ art event held at a 5 star hotel resort in Hertfordshire, during May to August.
Lucy said “This is an important event for me with artists and sculptors from around the world exhibiting their work. It was vital to me that my work looked exactly the way I wanted it to. An important part of a sculpture is its durability and finish. I am very pleased with the quality of work that Hereford and Shropshire Galvanizers have achieved. They collected the work, galvanized and powder coated it and returned it back to me as they said they would, hassle free”.
As with all Duplex coats, the steelwork was first hot dip galvanized, dressed (fettled and linished), in this case at the Hereford plant, and then transported to the powder coating facility in Oswestry where it was polyester powder coated a semi gloss black and securely packaged before being sent back to Hereford.
Brent Gould is the Powder Coating Manager at the new Oswestry plant “Powder coating sculptures is no different to coating other types of steelwork. Providing that care is taken at every stage, especially the preparation and packaging, customers should have a positive experience. We hear of instances where customers require a duplex coating and if problems occur the powder coater will blame the galvanizer and the galvanizer will blame the powder coater. Another concern of customers is where they have to spend hours fettling galvanized steelwork in preparation for taking it to their powder coaters. As we do both, we make these problems ours rather than our customers and hopefully they’ll see the time and cost benefits”.