By Brad Meyer
Over time and years of use, scuffs, scrapes and rust can transform your barbecue grill, patio furniture or other metal items into an eyesore – so it’s nice to know there’s a way to restore such items to their original glory at a fraction of the cost of replacing them.
Not only can Allied Quality Coatings make carbon steel and aluminum residential, commercial and industrial equipment look brand new, customers can choose the color of their choice and achieve a stronger, more durable surface than the item had when it was manufactured.
“Our paints and powder coatings come in hundreds of color options,” said owner Charles Dean. “They are baked on in our process for longer durability and better for the environment because we use no toxic chemical paint thinners.”
Dean and Allied Quality Coatings have been providing sandblasting, painting and powder coating services in Montgomery County and the surrounding communities for over a decade ? he actually started the business in Houston in 1984. In addition to commercial and household items, the company does a wide range of specialty treatments for the automotive and building trades.
“We have restored automobile bumpers and panels, as well as household sink faucets, stove tops, knobs and other household fixtures. If it’s metal, there’s a good chance we can restore or improve it.”
It’s a process Dean is very familiar with. A former oil field executive and municipal utility district engineer, Dean has been responsible for the care and maintenance of big ticket equipment for major companies. He earned certification from the Steel Structure Painting Council and is considered an expert in his field.
“Powder coating has actually been around for quite a while, especially in commercial and industrial equipment,” said Dean. “But it’s become more popular and accessible to the public in the last decade or so.”
The process begins with an evaluation of the item. There is a “point of no return” for some items that are rusted beyond realistic repair. In most cases, however, it’s more economical to restore than to replace.
Once a final color or powder coating treatment option is selected, the item is subjected to a sandblasting process that eliminates rust, old paint and other surface problems ? leaving bare metal.
“Many of our competitors dip items in a chemical solution to remove problem areas,” noted Dean. “The problem is dipping doesn’t really clean the surface or get into the cracks. Sandblasting takes more effort, but it is far more efficient and effective.”
After cleaning and surface repair as needed, the item is coated in electrostatic paint or powder coatings that bond to the metallic surface. The item is then placed in a special oven at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.
“We do a second coat of paint or powder coating and then bake it for another 20 to 30 minutes,” said Dean. “After it cools for half an hour, the items have a tough, durable coating that looks as good if not better than when the item was new.”
And while most of the metal objects Allied Quality Coatings restores are able to easily fit in their custom oven, the company can handle oversized items as well, including trailers, sailboat masts, fence panels, gates and other equipment ? up to 40 feet in length.
“We can work with just about anything made of metal,” said Dean. “We get some challenges every once in a while, but we’re pretty good at coming up with solutions. It’s rare we can’t handle a request.”
The service can be accomplished in short order as well. Many jobs can be completed in just three to five days. More complicated assignments can take longer, but rarely require more than a week.
“We’ve been at this a long while,” said Dean. “We have the experience, the equipment and the knowledge to handle just about any project you have that requires restoring or repairing metal.”
Allied Quality Coatings is located at 23622 Sharp Road in Montgomery. For information, visit AlliedQualityCoating.business.site or call 936-449-6111.