Did you know? Galvanising is the most environmentally friendly way of protecting steel from rust.
We all know that steel is a fantastic material, however, it does have one flaw, rust. If left untreated, steel will rust very quickly. Unconvinced? Just look at the underside of a poorly made car and you will see the impact that rust has on untreated steel.
Don't despair. Just because steel might rust there is no need to avoid using it. Once treated, the durability of steel increases dramatically. Steel is chosen by architects worldwide when designing stadiums, shopping centres and commercial developments primarily because of its strength and durability. There are a whole range of different treatments and finishes that can be applied to steel, which prevent rust from forming without harming steel's excellent green credentials.
What about protecting street furniture? There are two main options - either painting / powder coating or galvanising.
First up painting and powder coating. Rust occurs when untreated steel comes into contact with water and oxygen. Therefore, by covering any exposed steel in either paint or a polyester powder coat, the steel is protected from the elements and does not rust.
If flexibility is what you are looking for, then the sky is your limit when it comes to painting. At AUTOPA we are able to paint or powder coat your products any RAL colour - although some colours may be dependent on quantity. Need some inspiration? Check out the RAL colours available here
Unfortunately, yes. Paints only protects your products while they cover the steel. If the paint is scratched or chipped then the steel is no longer protected and rust will form. However, there is a way around it, galvanising.
Galvanising is a simple, effective and durable means of protecting your products while increasing their lifespan. When products are galvanised, the steel is coated with a layer of molten zinc, adding a metallurgically bonded protective coating. Unlike painting, this coating cannot be chipped or scratched so the steel is protected permanently.
Finally, if you want to have an untreated finish - have you thought about stainless steel?