Spectrum Shares a Historical Perspective - Spectrum Coating
It's the car credited with putting the world on wheels: the Ford Motor Company's Model T. Introduced in 1908 and retailing for between $260 and $850, it's also the star of Henry Ford's rather famous industrial coatings quip. “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it’s black.”
Even back then, that wasn't quite true. While only black was available from 1914 to 1925, the Tin Lizzie came in a variety of colors both before and after that period of efficiency-induced severity. Fortunately, today's coatings excel at multitasking.
The Purposes of Industrial Coatings
Why do manufacturers bother with coatings? They serve multiple purposes:
- They protect the equipment. Coatings form a barrier between the surface of the material and the environment, protecting it from wear, corrosion, or other hazards. Ultimately, the right coating can actually extend the lifespan of your equipment.
- They improve function. Coatings mean your tools can work as hard as you do. Some coatings improve friction; others reduce it. Many guard against corrosion or damage from fire or industrial chemicals.
- They make maintenance easier. With the right coating, the need for maintenance is minimal because you prevent the issues before they become a problem. While some cleaning or repairs will still be required to keep your equipment going strong, it will likely require less time and effort.
- They look great. Today's coatings are often more than functional. Many also offer aesthetic options. Your equipment not only functions smoothly but also looks fantastic.
Choosing the Right Industrial Coating
Some pairings are perfect. Others can be downright destructive. When choosing an industrial coating for your equipment, you need to consider carefully. It's not enough to know what you hope to achieve. You also have to understand exactly how the coating and your item will react to each other. You also have to be aware of what is involved in the application process and how it will impact the item. At Spectrum Coating, our focus is on delivering top-quality industrial coatings, so we pay careful attention to these kinds of details. We also offer a mix of coating options, including the following:
- Cerakote Oven Cure: When you're searching for a finish tough enough for the needs of military or law enforcement, Cerakote Oven Cure delivers. It's an ideal way to customize firearms, knives, and other tools with various color finishes that are baked on in our state-of-the-art curing oven.
- Cerakote Air Cure: How do you get Cerakote's robust finish on items like plastics that can't go in the oven? The Cerakote Air Cure uses cutting-edge spray-booth technology to get the perfect finish. It's also ideal for all kinds of aluminum.
- Teflon: It may be famous for its use in nonstick bakeware, but Teflon also has applications outside the kitchen. For example, using it on a firearm can improve hardness and lubrication while helping it resist corrosion and scratches. That can have a major impact on its performance.
- OEM coatings: Spectrum Coating offers a range of highly effective protective coatings and finishes that are designed to boost the longevity and durability of OEM parts and metals. Of course, the right coating depends on the properties needed, the material that the coating is being applied to, and the environment where the item will be utilized. Our experts can help you determine the best OEM coating for your situation.
- Hydro Film: When you want to ensure that your items either really stand out or blend in beautifully, Hydro Film offers a picture-perfect solution. It can be used to customize virtually anything that can be dipped into the water solution with eye-catching colors and patterns or natural camouflage. While it's not as durable as some other coatings, its striking visual appeal consistently wins raves.