We are importers of outdoor furniture from China and we have had severe problems with fading and scratching/chipping of our aluminum tables and chairs. Can you tell me which technical spec I should demand from the manufacturers or what questions should I be asking them? S. L.
The first question I would ask them is “Do you know how to powder coat your products?” I would follow that question with another question: “Who are your competitors, so that I can buy from them?” Just kidding.
There are no published or standard outdoor furniture specifications for the quality of the paint or coating. However, each manufacturer has their own internal standards that cover paint. Some manufacturers offer a 20-year warranty for paint related defects. However, these same furniture suppliers sell lounge chairs for $600.00 or more. This means that the truism: “You only get what you pay for” really applies here.
Research the companies that sell furniture and select those companies that take pride in their coating performance and even warrant it against defects. You may even find some suppliers that offer this premium furniture at a reasonable cost. But if you only select furniture companies that sell strictly on price, then you can’t complain much about the quality of the paint.