Tested to withstand 1000hrs of salt spray

Powdercoating is a common method of coating most aftermarket accessories. It's a complex product in its own entity that has to be really understood to perform and protect whatever it's applied to! 

After over 6months of research and also testing a number of different "systems" and coating methods we settled on one system, but we didn't stop there!

We then started to develop our own "recipe" of powders to give us an OREsome coating system that would perform in the same environment as our vehicles!

"Without standards, there can be no improvement" - Taiichi Ohno (Toyota Production System)

Our research found a number of ways to measure the performance of our coating system and this all stems from a specific ISO standard. We could tell you which standard they are but our competitors are also reading this... We spent many man hours reaserching and testing this so why would we want to give them the head start we didn't have. After all, we set out to to set new standards in the industry!

Read on if you want to have your mind blown by this often overlooked detail (that protects your investment).



It won't flake or bubble if scratched.... we know, because we've tested and proven it!


We have strict standards when it comes to our manufacturing process, and never settle for less.
We're here to raise the bar in terms of quality and thats why our OREsome coating system meets ISO standards and has been tested to withstand 1000hrs of salt spray!


Months of research and testing and we have taken powders from a number of different applications to allow us to develop this durable coating system. 

Part of our process duplicates the treatments and the same powders used on British Tank Armour! It doesn't stop there, we have other powders in the recipe that give this coating system UV anti fade properties...

We could go on, but then we'd be sharing our OREsome research!



So in terms of how long a coating should last, we've categorised as follows: -


Well if we shared all our research, our competitors would simply copy us (or come to us to coat their products for them when they realise how complex it is)! 

What we will share with you, is our testing process...

So how do we test our coating system?  

  • Laboratory accelerated test to gauge relative performance of coating systems with respect to their ability to prevent or restrict corrosion on a metallic substrate. This test is specified throughout many market sectors e.g. Industrial, Automotive, Architectural.

  • Test specimens are placed in an enclosed chamber and exposed to a continuous indirect spray of (pH XXXX)  solution, which falls out on to the specimens at a rate of (OREsome secret) , in a chamber temperature of +XXX *C. 

  • Panels or parts are normally scribed with a straight cut penetrating through the coating system to the metal substrate below and placed within a salt spray cabinet for a prescribed period of time (e.g. 250, 500, 750, 1000 hours etc.) 

  • We then asses the samples following exposure measure how far creep has spread from the scribe (corrosion and/or adhesion loss) plus any blistering or other effects 

  • For our OREsome coating system to pass our lab test there must be no more than 1mm creep or blistering etc within the specified time.


The salt spray requirements for the different life expectancies are as follows, times detailed below are exposure time to have maximum 1mm creep from the scribe. 



          Area type                             (2–5yrs) (5-15 yrs)  (>15yrs)

         Lower than ORE standard   120hrs   240hrs      480hrs

        Lower than ORE standard   240hrs   480hrs      720hrs

             ORE Standard           480hrs 720hrs  1440hrs


So, at ORE, we believe we’ll use our vehicles in an ("ORE standard") environment based on the fact that we drive them on salty roads and cover them in snow and mud for prolonged periods!

Based on this, our coating system once scribed (we cut the coating to bare metal) should not have any creep (the rust getting under the coating) anymore than 1mm after its been in salt spray for 720hrs.

If there are signs of creep more then 1mm, blistering or anything similar then it fails to meet our OREsome standards!

And just so you know…. We leave our products in the salt spray booth for 1000hrs just to be sure! That’s how OREsome our coating system is!

The samples shown in the images above this section are to show what happens when you put a cheaper, poorly prepared powder coat system on a steering guard, bumper or wheel carrier. 

As you can see on the right, after 480hrs it’s got a little more than 1mm creep as its flaked off altogether! 

We’ve used our coating system on the left with a white colour, so any rust marks are visible.

This was what we found after 1000hrs, and this is why were confident you'll be impressed with its durability 

Quality is everything to us as engineers and that’s why we spend months researching and developing our products before you can even buy them!

It's little known that we coat products for a number of customers in different industries as well as some of the names in the off-road world. 

If you're interested in having the OREsome coating system on your own products then get in touch. We're always interested to work with other companies.

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