S P E C I F I E R S A N D A P P L I C AT O R S O F
A R C H I T E C T U R A L C O AT I N G S Y S T E M S
As today’s technology constantly advances, so do the boundaries of the surface coating fields. With increasing demands for durability and long life of metal structures
and components in their surrounding environments, Bradleys has progressed to meet these requirements, be it against chemical elements or just the natural climate.
With modern facilities backed by years of experience, Bradleys host a variety of coating processes and have a wide range of colours from the RAL/BS range and many special
C O M P A N Y P R O F I L E
Bradleys Ltd was incorporated in 1936 and is a privately owned family business.
In 1970 Bradleys entered the metal finishing market and became heavily involved in wet paint spraying.
With the installation of its first dry powder coating plant in 1973 and a purpose-built factory in 2000, Bradleys have expanded through natural
progression to the present day position of respect within the metal finishing industry.
E T H O S
The original Bradleys motto, ‘A good start to a good finish’, continues to be a paramount feature of our tried and tested coatings.
Bradleys have successfully completed many projects, ranging from small components for the electronics industry, to large items for luxurious
multi-storey apartments, through commitment to quality and adapting to meet our customer requirements.
As Bradleys continues to progress, our service, quality and going that little bit further for our customers remains the highest of our priorities.
Q U A L I T Y C O N T R O L A N D A P P R O V A L S
Bradleys' Quality Control is embodied with every stage of the finishing processes, ensuring that your projects attain to the highest standards of
Through continuing investment in research and development, Bradleys has achieved recognition from some of the world's most renowned suppliers
of architectural powder coating, and have Approved Applicator status.
To ensure the highest standards of quality are consistently achieved, Bradleys are accredited with ISO 9001, ISO14001 and ISO18001.
T E C H N I C A L S U P P O R T
Technical advice on material, surface treatments, fabrication and design is freely available from Bradleys and we liaise closely with architects. Our quality
assurance staff are available to answer general queries and to produce and assess any samples that may be required.
Please do not hesitate to contact our technical department particularly when considering the design of fabrications.
A G O O D S T A R T - S U R F A C E P R E P A R A T I O N M E T H O D S
C H E M I C A L C L E A N I N G
Removing structure contamination prior to applying the relevant pre-treatment or coating system is an essential element in the sequence. Bradleys
implement this through a range of environmentally friendly methods.
C H R O M A T E C O N V E R S I O N
This multi stage process chemically etches and converts Aluminium surfaces to leave a layer of chromate. This helps to bond the surface coating
and provides a barrier against moisture attack. It also greatly reduces the spread of corrosion if the surface coating becomes damaged. This is an essential process for external aluminium.
B L A S T I N G
Blasting is the most effective way of providing a key for superior surface coating adhesion. This is also an excellent way of removing rust and millscale to
provide a good clean, profiled surface. As well as chilled iron grit and mineral sand media, other blasting finishes can be achieved by using a range
of glass beads to provide aesthetic finishes on stainless steel and Aluminium.
Z I N C S P R A Y I N G
Thermal spraying is undertaken using modern technology to give a very successful corrosion protection system which has the capability of out
living the life of a galvanized system. Atomised molten zinc wire is sprayed onto the blasted substrate, compared to the galvanizing process whereby
components are dipped into molten zinc. Hot zinc spray has superior bond strength for paint systems and is aesthetically more attractive than galvanizing
as it involves no dross or fettling. Bradleys metal spraying standards comply with ISO 2063
A G O O D F I N I S H - S U R F A C E F I N I S H I N G M E T H O D S
P O W D E R C O A T I N G
Powder coating is an extremely efficient and popular surface coating due to its excellent characteristics.
These thermosetting coatings are electrostatically applied in powder form to the workpiece and stoved to cure.
Polyester powders have good resistance to discolouration and an outstanding durability in external environments.
Epoxy powders have high chemical resistance and good adhesion properties.
Epoxy polyester powders provide a combination of good features and are largely used in the electronics and domestic industries for internal use. Bradleys
offer powder coated finishes in a wide range of standard colours and gloss levels. With our expertise we can offer specially matched colours and special
WA R M T O T O U C H C O A T I N G
Bradleys AK modified polyester systems provide a low specific heat capacity coating for meeting the requirements of BS 8300 2001 (Design and build, approaches for disabled people).
P L A S T I C A N D N Y L O N C O A T I N G
Nylon coating is processed in a similar way to powder coating but it is thermoplastic and offers high abrasion resistance and excellent wear properties.
Nylon coating is also food quality approved.
W E T S P R A Y I N G
Bradleys are experienced applicators of most wet spray systems and use modern technology including airless wet spray methods which increase
the scope of our capabilities. Backed by 30 years of experience in this field, Bradleys can specify suitable paint systems to meet your requirements.
I N S P E C T I O N T E S T I N G
Quality monitoring and testing of your project begins from the moment it arrives until completion.
Every consignment of work upon arrival is subject to a goods inward inspection and is constantly monitored at every stage of the production process.
Bradleys have their own laboratory and sophisticated testing equipment allowing processing to be monitored and approved to the relevant specifications.
P A C K A G I N G A N D T R A N S P O R T A T I O N
Bradleys are committed to ensuring that the superb finish they achieve on your valued project through stringent quality systems reaches you in the same condition.
The packing of your project is as important as every stage of our processes. All projects are handled in a caring controlled manner and are given a final visual
inspection before being sympathetically packed. To ensure that damage cannot occur, your project will be packed according to its own unique
With our own fleet of vehicles, Bradleys can offer an exceptional collection and delivery service.
Our drivers are all well trained and very experienced in the safe handling of consignments.
Our transportation is fitted with air suspension to cushion the journey of your valued project to its destination.