Powder Coating: Elevating Aesthetics and Durability for Turnstiles and High Traffic Entry Points

|By Drew Schwarz

Why Powder Coat Your Turnstiles and High-Traffic Entry Points?

Powder coating has risen in popularity as a premier method for improving the look and longevity of turnstiles and other high-traffic entry points. Turnstiles are high touch, so they are subject to significant wear over time, necessitating a finish that is both visually appealing and robust. The Hayward Team strives to provide products at the cusp of manufacturing technology, which is why we exclusively work with American Dry Stripping & Powder Coating to powder coat our turnstiles and security gates. Their thermoset polymer finishing process of powder coating provides a superior alternative to traditional liquid paint with many other finish coating methods, ensuring that entry points can withstand daily usage without sacrificing their aesthetic appeal.

This finishing technique offers additional advantages, including environmental sustainability due to the absence of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and cost-effectiveness as a result of efficient application processes that minimize material waste and labor.

In architectural design, the visual and functional aspects of an entryway are crucial. Powder coating turnstiles achieves a durable and attractive balance, making a positive and lasting impression while supporting long-term durability. Not to mention, powder coating adds color to your turnstile array, opening up opportunities to brand your turnstiles and help them blend in with surrounding aesthetics. 

The Importance of Surface Preparation

Achieving the ideal surface finish for powder coating, especially for high-traffic areas, begins with meticulous surface preparation. Sandblasting is the preferred method for preparing metal surfaces whether restorations or newly fabricated metal. This is achieved by effectively removing old coating, rust, and other contaminants or cleaning of newly fabricated metal substrates. In either case, the process adds an “anchor pattern profile” or etch (micron sized hills and valleys) to the metal and is essential to coating adhesion. Before sandblasting, it is important to ensure surfaces are free of any oils or residues. The choice of blasting media, along with the control of pressure and technique, is critical to prepare the surface adequately for coating.

Surface Finishing: Protecting Your Investment

The powder coating process involves the electrostatic application of dry, powdered polymers to metal surfaces, which are then cured to form a protective layer(s). This layer not only enhances the turnstile’s appearance but also provides a durable shield against physical and environmental stressors.

Powder coating’s environmental credentials are further bolstered by its solvent-free nature and absence of  VOC emissions. The process, in certain types of coating systems, also allows for the recycling of overspray, leading to further waste reduction. 

Powder coated finishes are highly resistant to chipping, scratching, and fading, thanks to the strong polymer cross-linking formed during the curing process. This results in a thicker, more resilient coating capable of enduring the rigors of high traffic often seen at your turnstile entry system.

Though Hayward’s standard powder coating is gloss finish in any color of your choosing, a wide array of colors and finishes are available, allowing for complete customization to meet any design requirements. Options include various textures, gloss levels, and effects such as metallic, veins or matte. 

The Art and Science of Powder Coating

Powder coating is a sophisticated finishing process that uses finely ground particles of pigment and resin. These particles are electrostatically charged and sprayed onto the surface, where they adhere by virtue of polarity. Coated parts are placed into a “cure oven” until melted and fused into a uniform coating.

Benefits of Powder Coating

  • Durability: Powder coating creates a more durable finish than conventional paint. It is highly resistant to chipping, scratching, fading, and wear. 
  • Aesthetics: Powder coating provides a uniform, high-quality, and attractive finish without runs, drips, or sags. It is available in a wide range of colors, textures, and gloss levels. It is a great way to add aesthetic appeal to your turnstiles!
  • Environmentally Friendly: Since powder coating don’t use solvents, they emit fewer VOCs than liquid coating. This makes powder coating a more environmentally friendly option.
  • Cost-Effective: Powder coating offers cost savings due to reduced labor, material, and waste disposal costs compared to traditional painting methods. Not to mention, you get a premium finish for a fraction of the price of opting for stainless steel turnstiles. 

Powder Coating for High-Traffic Entry Points

Powder coating has proven to be an effective and efficient solution for enhancing the aesthetics and durability of turnstile entry points. Powder coating’s environmentally friendly nature, resistance to wear and tear, and wide selection of colors and textures make it a go-to choice for many businesses and industries. Here are a few common applications outside of the turnstile world: 

  1. Architectural and Building Components: Powder coating is used on many architectural elements, including doors, windows, railings, and lighting fixtures. Its durability and flexibility make it ideal for protecting against weather and high-traffic conditions.
  2. Automotive Industry: From wheels and suspension components to engine parts and trim, powder coating is widely used in the automotive industry for its long-lasting protective qualities and aesthetic appeal.
  3. Appliances and Consumer Goods: Many household appliances, such as refrigerators, ovens, and washing machines, benefit from powder coating’s ability to withstand scratches, corrosion, and everyday wear and tear.
  4. Outdoor Furniture and Equipment: Powder-coated surfaces on outdoor furniture and equipment can better withstand harsh weather conditions, UV rays, and frequent use.

Overall, powder coating is an effective and efficient solution for elevating aesthetics and enhancing durability in high-traffic entry points and various applications.

Powder Coating: Your Solution for Turnstiles and Other High-Traffic Entry Points

As design and technology advance, powder coating remains a steadfast solution for meeting the needs of various industries. It continues to be a leading choice for those seeking a blend of aesthetic appeal and functional durability for their turnstiles and other high-traffic entry points.

To explore how powder coating can enhance the aesthetics and longevity of your high-traffic entry points, connect with our exclusive powder coating provider American Dry Stripping & Powder Coating, experts in enhancing surfaces with powder coating technology.


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