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POWDERTECH GETS ROYAL SEAL OF APPROVAL FOR RESTORATION PROJECTS


It isn’t often that powder coating projects are subject to royal approval but Powdertech (Corby) Ltd soon realised that its work on the Cutty Sark Visitor Centre and the Greenwich foot tunnel dome would be under much scrutiny when it was announced that the newly-restored Cutty Sark would be formally re-opened by HM Te Queen and HRH Te Duke of Edinburgh.


Te Cutty Sark, perhaps the most famous of Britain’s legendary tea–clipper s - and a Grade 1 listed monument - was re-opened on 25th April 25 this year after many years of painstaking restoration work. HRH Te Duke of Edinburgh was one of the co-founders of the Cutty Sark Society set up in 1951 to protect the ship, which was originally built in 1869.


Visitors to the restored ship step aboard via the Visitor Centre which needed a suitably regal appearance to complement the majesty appearance of the historic vessel. Powdertech was commissioned to powder coat the glazed external frames and the internal lift frames of the new building. After shot blasting the frames at its Corby facility, the Powdertech team applied a zinc-rich powder primer followed by a polyester top coat in RAL7022 matt grey. But it was a challenge, even for the skilled team.


“Te deadline for the job became very tight” explains Richard Besant, Sales Director, at Powdertech.


“With an official opening date and Royal visitors expected, nothing could be allowed to slip. But using powder coating applied at our premises, we were able to complete the entire job in two weeks, whereas wet paint methods would have taken at least twice as long. Te resulting finish is every bit as robust and durable, the polyester coat being especially resistant to corrosion from the elements in a riverside city-based environment.”


HISTORIC LINK Another prominent building at the Cutty Sark site is the Edwardian


Greenwich foot tunnel, first opened in 1902, a pedestrian crossing beneath the river Tames linking Greenwich in the south with Island Gardens across the river. Te tunnel has also been undergoing refurbishment which was completed in February, well ahead of the scheduled Royal visit.


Powdertech is a Syntha Pulvin approved applicator, a key


requirement when winning the contract to powder coat the frames around the glass panels of the domed roof of the southern entrance. Te structure now looks bright and light with Syntha Pulvin M4A0396, RAL9016 matt white applied. Syntha Pulvin is a high quality architectural powder coating material with a proven track record of performance with guarantees to perform in excess of 30 years.


“We think the refurbished dome provided a suitably stately backdrop for the photographs of Her Majesty’s visit,” Richard said. “And we know that it will continue to look that good for many years to come.”


Te Greenwich Foot Tunnel Dome. Powdertech (Corby) Ltd can be contacted on 01536 400890. www.powdertech.co.uk


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