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| Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009

Since 2002, a Dickerson Run business has been applying powder coating and ceramic coating, creating custom signs and more for anyone from the Air Force to its next-door neighbors.

Bo Potter, co-owner of East Coast Powder Coating with wife Michelle, said the most popular question he receives about the business is "what's powder coating?"

"Almost everything you have has powder coating on it," Potter said.

Powder coating is the process of coating a surface in which a powder material is applied using an electrostatic, compressed air or sometimes a fluidized bed. The applied powder is then placed in an industrial oven where the powder becomes hot enough to melt and flow to form a smooth film on the surface. It then dries to a firm durable finish.

The hard high-gloss or low-gloss surface is very resistant to scratches, cracking, peeling, UV rays and rust.

Potter said he has 6,500 colors of powder available, and if there's a color he doesn't have, he can match it with the client's desire.

In the late 1970s, Potter learned how to powder coat when he worked for a company that had a powder-coating division. It was run by his uncle who later went on to powder coat for industrial-size projects in Houston, Texas.

Potter decided to open his own powder-coating business in 2002. He has done contract work for a local Harley Davidson dealer and the Air Force, but will also do custom work for individuals with a small project.

Anything made of metal can be powder-coated -- automotive parts, patio sets, rusted objects -- as a way to be restored and much more, he said.

East Coast Powder Coating also has an in-house sandblasting service, ceramic coating and performance coating for pistons and other automotive parts. Its custom sign service includes banners, decals, window clings, vehicle lettering, door magnet signs, coraplast signs, custom picture frames, school and other organization fundraisers.

For more information on East Coast Powder Coating's services, visit the Web site at www.ecpowdercoating.com or call 724-398-5050.

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