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Burke Industrial Coatings: Durable Liquid Stainless Steel


If you ever have a chance to see the Bonneville Lock and Dam on the Columbia River east of Portland, Oregon, you’ll see an industrial coatings success story.  All of the metal on and around the Dam was painted in 1973 with water-based acrylic stainless steel paint manufactured by Burke Industrial Coatings. Today, four decades later, the protective finish still looks great.

Burke is a small manufacturer founded in 1948 in Washington State specializing in engineered coating systems. It produces liquid stainless steel and antimicrobial coatings, and sells them to customers in the U.S. and, increasingly, around the world. .

Their water based coatings have stainless steel flake embedded to stand up to demanding environments. Since liquid stainless steel is essentially inert, it provides resistance to nasty weather, coastal environments, fumes, spillage and abrasion. Harley-Davidson motorcycles and some of the automakers are among their customers.

Burke’s antimicrobial coatings (a newer product line) are now being used in industries such as food and beverage production, HVAC , and medical equipment – settings where bacteria can be a major problem.

From the Bonneville Dam (below) and Harley-Davidson bikes to industrial and medical applications around the globe, Burke Industrial Coatings is a Great Manufacturing Story.