Category: powder coating

Tips for Powder Coating Care and Maintenance

Posted on: Jul 14, 2020

The effects of weather, wear and tear can take a toll on powder coating. Powder coating is durable and much more reliable than paint, but even the toughest finishes require proper care to ensure lasting results. Over time, factors like excessive contact, weathering and organic buildup can weaken coated surfaces, cause fading and lead to damage. […]

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Powder Coating vs. Galvanizing

Posted on: Jun 25, 2020

A durable finish coat is essential for protecting metal products from damage and wear both indoors and outdoors. If you manufacture metal products in any volume, you need to apply the right surface coating to meet the demands of your applications and get the final appearance you want to achieve. In today’s marketplace, two of […]

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Powder Coating Vs Painting

Posted on: May 21, 2020

Two of the most common options for putting a finishing coat on metal products are powder coating and liquid painting. Each option has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, which means different things depending on the part you’re producing. Many industries rely on metal finishes, including aerospace, auto, appliances and more. Powder coating involves applying a […]

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Keystone Koating Named A Top Shop In North America

Posted on: Jul 29, 2019

For the fifth consecutive year, Keystone Koating has been named one of the best metal finishing shops in North America by Products Finishing magazine, a trade publication which has covered the industry since 1938. Rick Gehman, Keystone Koating LLC/PBZ LLC president, said: “I am both humbled and honored to be part of a team that […]

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Keystone Koating Earns Top Shop for 2nd Consecutive Year

Posted on: Oct 18, 2016

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Keystone Koating, with powder coating plants in Mifflintown and Lititz, Pennsylvania, earned a Products Finishing Top Shop award for the second consecutive year. Rick Gehman, president of the powder coating firm, also is featured in the September issue of Products Finishing Magazine. “If our team didn’t care, it would reveal itself later in rusting, coating […]

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Powder coating protects dolly for Dallas Cowboys

Posted on: Sep 16, 2016

Super Handler, helicopter dolly, dolly for Dallas Cowboys

Keystone Koating may have a small role in helping the Dallas Cowboys complete a different type of touchdown this season. When the helicopter pilot for owner Jerry Jones makes a landing, his touchdown will take place on a Helicopter Handler. The handler is a steel frame dolly that moves aircrafts in and out of their […]

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A happy anniversary!

Posted on: Aug 12, 2016

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Three decades ago, in pursuit of an environmentally safer, better-quality finish for some of PBZ LLC’s branded products, Nelson Zimmerman found the solution in powder coating. With that discovery, he also founded an entirely new company. Keystone Koating powder coating marks its 30th anniversary this year. Employees and their families gathered recently to celebrate the […]

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Aluminum doesn’t rust, right?

Posted on: Jul 13, 2016

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The answer is: yes. Sort of. Technically, iron and steel rust; aluminum corrodes. The bottom line, though, is that any compromised metal surface impedes proper powder coating adhesion. When aluminum corrodes, there’s a white oxidation that forms on the surface. That creates a barrier. That barrier is a weak spot that impedes adhesion in the powder […]

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Face-to-face at job shop trade show

Posted on: May 13, 2016

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Keystone Koating-Lititz sales manager Andy Weaver recently attended the Greater New York Design-2-Part Show, held in Secaucus. NJ, across the Hudson River from NYC. It was a two-day event that required an overnight stay, participation costs, meals and lodging. So why attend?

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Take a look around our new website!

Posted on: Apr 12, 2016

Powder Coater's new website

We’re excited to announce our new, mobile-friendly website at, with more images, easy navigation, and more information that spotlights our capabilities, value-added services, environmental advantages and our staff. “Our new website represents our customer type and capabilities better,” said Rick Gehman, president of Keystone Koating LLC and PBZ LLC. “It captures well who we […]

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