Project 8 – Extra! Extra! Read All About It – Powder Coated Newspaper Stands

The days of the National Newspaper may seem to have lost its battle to the digital world but local small print papers have never been in greater demand. When the San Fernando Valley's (CA) The Sun (el Sol) asked us to restore and refinish their newspaper stands with our advanced powder coating techniques, I was surprised. I thought that print was dead and certainly not needing to powder coat their newspaper kiosks.

The Sun (El Sol) explained to me the phenomenon that has occurred; as national brands move away from print, local coffee shops, bus stops, and the like are only offering local print. A demand that was created by lack of choice became a connection to the neighborhood. Now more and more people are picking up a local small print newspaper or weekly magazine and (read more)


Project 7 – Powder Coated Bubble Gum Machine

Its 1988. My brother and I are walking home from school. Earlier that week our mother forbid us to stop into the new 7-Eleven located between our home and school. The weather was pleasant, but really what 10 year old cares about the weather? The only thing on my mind was the forbidden zone a.k.a the 7-Eleven. My brother was the wiser, simply explaining risk vs. reward to me – obviously, all junior high students discussed risk vs. reward!

As we walked into the comic book store next door I walked right by it; a simple unassuming red vending machine mixed with red and white gum balls staring at me from inside the 7-Eleven.

We visited the comic book store many times that school year, but never once did we enter the 7-Eleven. As the (read more)


Project 6 – Powder Coating a Metal Home Front Entry Gate

The original item for Project 6 had failed to coat properly, and would need more time in order to be corrected and ready for show and tell. Luckily some old friends' front gate was in need of a face lift, and became the new Project 6. As I got to the house the gate was still attached to the house and looking like most front gates: badly rusted and coated in many layers of standard liquid paint. My friend and I easily removed it from the the wall and placed it in the back of the truck. They already knew the powder coating color they wanted so it was off to the shop for some B.C.A. (Blast, Powder Coat, and Assemble).

Since the gate was a last minute replacement for another item earlier in the week (which still had to be powder coated!), I needed to move quickly. As luck would have it I was able to sandblast the gate and get it into production for a primer and top coat all in one day. (read more)


Project 5 – Powder Coating Lobby Stools

For over 30 years, Sundial Powder Coatings has always provided some form of lobby seating. From the typical lobby chairs with a table in between for beverages and magazines to a nice sofa set complete with end tables and a lamp. During our last remodel, we redesigned our office to a much smaller format – its all about the factory space. And so for the first time our office was without a lobby or lobby seating. So, as part of the next Project 52 powder coating challenge, I figured to remedy the problem and get back to supplying dignified lobby seating.

A few months ago, I purchased a random selection of metal chairs and metal stools from an auction for only $10.00. I had already refurbished the chairs and put them to good use, so I was left with just the metal stools. I found two matching stools and got them ready for the B.C.A (blast, powder coat, assemble) process. (read more)