The UltraCoat Advantage
UltraCoat is a polyethylene copolymer based thermoplastic which has superior mechanical performance, impact resistance and UV stability.
In 2001, the UltraCoat Site Amenities line was introduced. Prior to that introduction, engineers researched the most recent choices for coating steel products. There was no doubt in the minds of everyone involved that thermoplastic was the coating of choice. The application, by fluidized powder bed, causes the powder to melt to the steel at 500 degrees F. The coating thickness can range from 7 to 80 mils, however, 40-50 mils is ideal for site furnishings. The coating requires no cure time and is PVC free. The process allows a bonding of coating to steel that is nearly indestructible and the smooth gloss finish makes for a product that looks exceptional and is easy to maintain.
When you consider buying new products for your locations or replacing old, worn out products, rest assured that UltraCoat is the RIGHT choice for you.
Thermoplastic vs. Plastisol
1) The UltraCoat thermoplastic process is formulated to have superior adhesion. The coating process requires the product to be heated to a high temperature. It is then lowered into a fluidized bed of polyethylene powder. The fluidized powder then melts and bonds to the metal. The process creates a seal tight bond to the metal surface.
2) Because of this seal tight bond, UltraCoat thermoplastic has a better resistance to cutting and vandalism. Even when damages, the metal will not rust beneath the coating and will not chip away as plastisol does. The damage can be repaired with a heat gun or handheld propane torch.
3) The UltraCoat thermoplastic process is formulated to have a superior UV protection. Thermoplastic will not discolor and chalk as plastisol does. Current testing shows that the UltraCoat thermoplastic color is still bright (no chalking) after five years.
4) The UltraCoat thermoplastic curing process assures an extremely smooth finish which will not allow the growth of mold or mildew. Plastisol, on the other hand, possesses a very porous surface which provides an excellent environment for mold & mildew to grow.
5) With regards to the overall appearance, UltraCoat thermoplastic does not have any of the unsightly runs and drops that are readily visible on plastisol products.
6) The UltraCoat Thermoplastic process is formulated to have no PVC’s (Poly Vinyl Chloride) in them. PVC products are also banned in Europe because of environmental issues. Plastisol products do contain PVC.