Best Patio Furniture Powder Coating, August 2008

Don’t throw out that rusted lounge chair. Have it powder coated, a process that will beautify and protect it from additional corrosion. Steven Shatkin at Tortoise spruces up metal objects, electrostatically applying a polymer finish that turns surfaces any color or texture, from chromed to crinkled (past projects have included a Peter Shire sculpture and a Norton motorcycle chassis). Unlike paint, the baked-on coating Shatkin uses for outdoor furniture doesn’t spew nasty chemicals into the air and is as durable as the finish on an automobile. Each piece emerges from his immaculate operation looking as polished as a George Barris Kustom.