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Mercury Marine is the world’s largest producer of recreational outboard motors,
and their iconic Phantom Black engines are recognized around the world for not
only their performance, but also the high-gloss black that holds up extremely well to
harsh marine environments.

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Since its introduction, powder coating continues to grow in industry acceptance as a reliable, affordable, and durable coating. As the quality, corrosion resistance, UV resistance, and surface finish improve, many manufacturers that produce products and equipment that spend their life cycle outdoors are converting to powder coating from liquid coating as their finish of choice.

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PCI custom coater member Spectrum Metal Finishing played a key role in the
powder coating process for the Pier 17 project. PCT caught up with Spectrum
Metal Finishing president Neil Chrisman to learn more about the Pier 17 project
from their perspective, as well as Spectrum’s experience with other large
architectural projects.

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Located in New York City’s South Street Seaport, Pier 17 anchors an extensive
redevelopment project that is focused on transforming the historic Lower
Manhattan neighborhood into a thriving cultural, retail and entertainment center. Yet
for PPG and Spectrum Metal Finishing, the project is serving a secondary purpose:
as the proving ground for the application of powder coatings on a high-profile
architectural project in New York City’s challenging marine environment.

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Overall, powder coatings are known for their reasonably high durability, including
resistance to corrosive environments. Corrosive environments are encountered in
many situations.

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The industrial sector accounts for about 34 percent of total U.S. energy consumptionThis energy is consumed as electricity that is purchased or self-generated, and as fossil fuels such as natural gas, propane, fuel oils and coal.

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In the spring of 2014, I reported on the current state of bio-based powder coating technology with an article aptly named It’s Not Easy Being Green. At that juncture, there had been no commercial success with introducing bio-based technology into powder coatings, although a number of attempts had been made.  

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At first glance, comparing powder coatings to waterborne coatings is like comparing an apple to an orange. They are both round and grow on a tree, but is there more to it than that?

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As my Grandfather would tell you, “There’s nothing wrong with skim milk that a little half and half won’t fix.”  A point made in a joke, that a little of the right chemistry can go a long way. 

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Green design. Eco design. Environmental design. There are many different terms for it, but the idea of sustainable design is all around us in a wide range of products we use every day. 

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