Twenty Gauge is the company who started this look and took it Global nearly two decades ago. We have worked throughout the years with numerous large chain retailers, businesses and homeowners, celebrities and collectors of fine furniture.
Our first decade of experimentation enabled us to develop a full proof finish and some of our personal pieces have held up for over a decade and are still rustproof and in full working condition.
Competition has come and gone, yet Twenty Gauge always remains: we have developped a quality product and have never since compromised our process.
Our metal furniture and accessories are completely refinished inside and out. Every piece is carefully evaluated for the best possible outcome. This is essential in preserving the integrity, quality, and appearance that has distinguished Twenty Gauge for nearly a decade.
The following processes have long been proven necessary to ensure the longevity of the piece, and there are no shortcuts.
Our pieces are thoroughly sandblasted. This is the only way to get into the hard to reach corners and crevasses and fully remove any amount of paint or rust that might be forming. To avoid tarnishing the metal, a media is used that is gentle, yet strong enough to obtain a smooth, rust and debris free surface, ensuring an even and thorough coating.The pieces are literally taken down to a second layer of steel that has never been exposed to rust.
The entire piece needs to be refinished, inside, out, underneath etc…this is crucial for is longevity.
Sandblasting is Environmentally Sound
Sandblasting has minimal impact on the environment unlike stripping which releases chemicals that end up into the ground no matter how they are disposed of.
The sanblasting is contained in a closed room, and we strive to achieve clean air by meeting the AQMD requirements of air quality rules, regulations, permits, control equipment, and recordkeeping. We also dispose of debris caused by sandblasting, in an environmentally safe manner. In addition, our company adheres to all U.S. Department of Labor OSHA Regulations.
Twenty Gauge is famous for an even finish. This is achieved by machine sanding, then use mild abrasives and continue to work on the pieces by hand. The crew at Twenty Gauge works those surfaces many times! This extra care makes a noticeable difference in the look and is necessary for the longevity of the product. This is what makes a Twenty Gauge piece unique.
All of our pieces are thoroughly powder coated.
The powder coating process includes baking the piece at over 400 degrees. If any amount of moisture from the air was to contaminate the metal, it is burned off and will evaporate during this step. This is the best and only way to avoid any flash rust or even slower developing rust that might occur if the piece was simply lacquered and the moisture seeps through the coat of lacquer creating rust like clouds under the finish, oftentimes called rust “ghosting”.
The other reason to powdercoat rather than using any other coating product, is that powdercoating is as equally long-lasting as it is resilient. It is very difficult to scratch powder coat and thus one can avoid rust forming from the scratches, creating what is commonly known as rust “spiders.
What Is Powder Coating?
Powdercoating is the process typically used for heavy duty needs, such as to paint gym equipment or lamp posts on the street....Powder coating is an advanced method of applying a decorative and protective finish to a wide range of materials and products that are used by both industries and consumers. The powder used for the process is a mixture of finely ground particles of pigment and resin, which is sprayed onto a surface to be coated. The charged powder particles adhere to the electrically grounded surfaces until heated and fused into a smooth coating in a curing oven. The result is a uniform, durable, high-quality, and attractive finish. Powder coating is the fastest growing finishing technology in North America, representing over 10% of all industrial finishing applications. We strive to achieve clean air by meeting the AQMD requirements of air quality rules, regulations, permits, control equipment, and recordkeeping. We also dispose of debris caused by powdercoating, in an environmentally safe manner. In addition, our company adheres to all U.S. Department of Labor OSHA Regulations.
Powdercoating is Environmentally Sound
Powder coating has minimal impact on the environment. While liquid finishes contain solvents which have pollutants known as volatile organic compounds (VOC), powder coating contains no solvents and releases a negligible amount (if any) of VOC into the atmosphere. Thus, the need for finishers to buy costly pollution control equipment is obsolete. In addition, most powder coating overspray that does not adhere to the part can be retrieved and reused, virtually eliminating the waste commonly found in liquid finishing processes. Powder coating is the most resilient commercial process available to man. No other finish comes close or equals in strength and durability. All other processes, ie: electrostatic painting or even automotive paint, fall short of the quality provided by powder coating.
Powder coating gives consumers, businesses, and industry one of the most economical, longest-lasting, and most color-durable quality finishes available. Powder coated surfaces are more resistant to chipping, scratching, fading, and wearing than other finishes, and colors stay bright and vibrant longer. This is why powder coating is used in all high traffic applications.