Material & Finish Options

 

R.J. Thomas Mfg. Co. provides a wide variety of materials and finish choices
on the many different products that we make.

 

Powder Coated Finish     Aluminum Components     Pine and Other Lumbers
Thermoplastic Coated Components     Expanded Steel     Perforated Steel
100% Recycled Plastic

Hot Dip Galvanized Finish:

Selected Pilot Rock bench and table frame components, lantern holders, trash receptacle holder components, bike racks and two grills are available with a hot dip galvanized finish. This finish is applied after fabrication and welding to ASTM A123 specifications to maintain an average zinc coating of 2.0 oz. per sq. ft. of surface area. Use /G in model number for hot dip galvanized finish.

Hot dip galvanized finish products are ideally suited for humid coastal and island area environments. The combination of moisture and salt exposure causes any steel exposed by a scratch in the paint to quickly rust. Hot dip galvanized finishes involve a seven step liquid immersion process. These steps and the high temperature create a metallurgical bond where the iron in the steel products bonds with the zinc to achieve complete adhesion of the carbon (steel) product with the zinc (galvanizing) material. This process allows for complete coverage on all sides of the steel products – including the inside and outside of tubular products, such as picnic table legs.



Heat Resistant Black Enamel Paint:
Pilot Rock grills and campfire rings are finished with a high heat resistant, non-toxic, matte (low gloss) black enamel paint. This silicone-based paint is lead and chrome free and formulated especially for Pilot Rock. It is capable of enduring temperatures exceeding 750 degrees.

 



Powder Coat Finish:
Selected Pilot Rock bench and table components (steel and aluminum), lantern holders, trash receptacle holders and bike racks are available with baked on lead-free TGIC polyester powder coat finish that is applied in a multi-step process of material preparation and finish application. This process includes: detailed chemical cleaning; application of a corrosion inhibiting phosphate free, high pressure, high temperature bath; rinse; seal rinse; high temperature dry time; electrostatic application of the powder coat paint; chemical bonding to metal substrate in 430 degree industrial oven. The tough 3 mil thick coating offers a superior finish to liquid paints.

Powder Coat Colors: Blue, Black, Green, Brown     Powder Coat Colors: Yellow, Red, Gray, Burgundy

Model No. Example for products with Powder Coat finish:  B40/**-4IB34. Replace (**) with letters indicating color choice listed below.

BLUE 

Use CU in model no. for steel.
Use AU in model no. for aluminum.

YELLOW

Use CY in model no. for steel.
Use AY in model no. for aluminum.

BLACK

Use CB in model no. for steel.
Use AB in model no. for aluminum.

RED

Use CR in model no. for steel.
Use AR in model no. for aluminum.

GREEN

Use CN in model no. for steel.
Use AN in model no. for aluminum.

GRAY

Use CA in model no. for steel.
Use AA in model no. for aluminum.

BROWN

Use CW in model no. for steel.
Use AW in model no. for aluminum.

BURGUNDY

Use CE in model no. for steel.
Use AE in model no. for aluminum.

                                                         
 


         
Aluminum - Clear and Red Powder CoatAluminum:
Several select picnic tables and benches can be equipped with seats/tops or seats/back of aluminum planks. These planks are extruded 6063-T6 aluminum, equivalent in size to 2" x 10" (nominal) lumber planks. Four structural ribs provide rigid support and strength. The aluminum is clear anodized to specification 204 R1 for a clean, maintenance free finish. All plank ends are covered by an extruded, clear anodized aluminum end cap fastened into place. Table tops are made into single units (at the factory) by connecting the planks with one-piece end caps fastened across each end of the top. Aluminum planks are provided with precision fitted aluminum brackets and galvanized carriage bolts to attach planks to table or bench frames. Use AL in model number for aluminum.

Optional: Aluminum components (max. 12 ft. length) are also available with powder coated mill finish aluminum planks. See Powder Coat Finish description for details.


 

Untreated Pine LumberUntreated #1 Southern Yellow Pine:
Untreated #1 grade Southern Yellow Pine, kiln dried to reduce moisture content. The lumber is ready for you to water seal, paint or stain. All lumber is precision drilled to facilitate assembly. All exposed edges are removed to 3/8" radius. Use UP in model number for untreated pine. Tables use 2” x 10” planks. All dimensions are nominal.



Treated PineTreated #1 Southern Yellow Pine:
Treated (wolmanized) #1 grade Southern Yellow Pine is pressure treated and kiln dried after treatment (KDAT) to reduce moisture content. Wood preservative (no arsenic) gives superior protection against termites, insects and decay. The lumber is clean to handle, dry and ready for you to water seal, paint or stain. All lumber is precision drilled to facilitate assembly. All exposed edges are removed to 3/8" radius. Use TP in model number for treated pine. Tables use 2” x 10” planks. Benches can use 2” x 4” or 2” x 10” planks (varies by model). Trash receptacles use 2” x 4” slats. All dimensions are nominal.


Construction Heart RedwoodConstruction Heart Redwood:
Construction heart redwood is a popular alternative to pine. Select planks are made from the interior grain of American Redwood. Redwood naturally resists decay. It is available in several common lumber dimensions. All lumber is precision drilled to facilitate assembly. All exposed edges are removed to a 3/8" radius. NOTE: other species of lumber such as cedar, fir and clear redwood may be available when in stock. Please inquire. Use CO in model number for construction heart redwood.

Indonesian Balau WoodExotic Imported Lumber:
Exotic imported hardwoods exhibit high resistance to decay, water damage and physical damage without the use of chemical treatments. Their features often imitate redwood. All of these hardwoods are imported from managed forests. Currently available only as 3" x 4" (nominal) timber for Pilot Rock benches. Species may vary depending on availability and cost. Please inquire. Currently using an Indonesian Balau wood (as of 10/2004). Use IB in model number for Indonesian Balau wood.



Thermo Plastic Coated Expanded Steel and Perforated Steel and Formed Steel Products:
Selected Pilot Rock bench, table and trash receptacle products and components (expanded steel, perforated steel, cut/formed steel) are finished with a thermo-plastic coating in your choice of available colors. The thermo-plastic coating is PVC free and phthalate free.

The UV-stabilized thermo-plastic coating is applied in a multi-step process of material preparation and finish application, designed and formulated to create superior adhesion. After cleaning, the steel component is heated to 550-600 degrees (depending on the component). It is then lowered into an air-fluidized bed of colored polyethylene powder. This fluid powder fuses and bonds to the heated metal. The component is then baked at high temperature to cure the application.

This complete process of cleaning-heating-fusing-baking tightly bonds the powder to the metal, creating a durable, colorfast finish. The thermo-plastic finish includes a superior level of UV protection, does not support mold or mildew growth, and is impact resistant. We use a textured matte finish polyethylene. The matte finishes are less susceptible to marring and scratching (which is often a problem with gloss finishes).

Expanded steel, perforated steel, and formed steel components are assembled and reinforced with formed steel edge bands, angle irons and bars as appropriate to each product design. All components are single piece welded construction.

Our thermoplastic coating product has been tested by an independent lab, and given the highest rating of DNI - Does Not Ignite (and does not support combustion during or after flame exposure).

Two Types of EXPANDED STEEL Component Designs:

All of the D-Type and V-Type expanded steel that we use is 3/4-#9 material with a short longitudinal stretch. A shorter stretch means smaller “diamond” openings, which leaves more material (steel) per foot. The more diamonds there are per lineal foot is your indication that there is more steel left in the structure. Therefore, the components will be stronger. It is also called the “long way design, non flattened expanded metal”. “Non-flattened” means the steel is “on edge” around the diamonds. This provides a stronger, more rigid material.

D-Type: This standard duty table top/seat and other component design is built for your most common public applications and everyday use.

V-Type: SNOW LOAD RATED: This design incorporates wider edge banding and more structural supports to create a table built for applications and locations that can be more abusive to the structure. This material is especially suited for high elevation areas where winter snow load can destroy average tables. The V-Type Snow Load design is available on WXT, WXTH, WPTS, XT, XTH, APT and APTX Series rectangular tables. This structure design is also used on some benches and square tables (but these products have not yet been snow load tested).

Expanded Steel Colors

BLACK
Use VB or DB
in Model No.

BLUE
Use VU or DU
in Model No.
BROWN
Use VW or DW
in Model No.
GRAY
Use VA or DA
in Model No.
RED
Use VR or DR
in Model No.
GREEN
Use VN or DN
in Model No.

 

 

Example: Model XT/G-8DB table is equipped with standard duty top/seat structures for regular applications and everyday use.
Example: Model XT/G-8VB is equipped with the snow load rated top/seat structures for more extreme applications. You might also consider V-Type tables for installations where the tables could be subject to extraordinary public use and exposure.
Note: some V-Type components are used on certain benches and square picnic tables. These applications have not been tested or rated for extreme loads.

To request a color sample send Customer Service an e-mail.

Two Types of PERFORATED STEEL Component Designs:

All of the R-Type and H-Type perforated steel is 14 ga. with 9/16” diameter holes punched on 13/16” straight line centers.

R-Type: This standard duty table top/seat and other component design is built for your most common public applications and everyday use.

H-Type: SNOW LOAD RATED: This design incorporates wider edge banding and more structural supports to create a table built for applications and locations that can be more abusive to the structure. This material is especially suited for high elevation areas where winter snow load can destroy average tables. The H-Type Snow Load design is available on WXT, WXTH, WPTS, XT, XTH, APT and APTX Series rectangular tables. This structure design is also used on some benches and square tables (but these products have not yet been snow load tested).

Perforated Steel Colors

BLACK
Use HB or RB
in Model No.
BLUE
Use HU or RU
in Model No.
BROWN
Use HW or RW
in Model No.
GRAY
Use HA or RA
in Model No.
RED
Use HR or RR
in Model No.
GREEN
Use HN or RN in Model No.

 

Example: Model XT/G-8RB table is equipped with standard duty top/seat structures for regular applications and everyday use.
Example: Model XT/G-8HB is equipped with the snow load rated top/seat structures for more extreme applications. You might also consider H-Type tables for installations where the tables could be subject to extraordinary public use and exposure.
Note: some H-Type components are used on certain benches and square picnic tables. These applications have not been tested or rated for extreme loads.

To request a color sample send Customer Service an e-mail.

Note: Colors and textures may vary. Colors shown are as close to the actual colors as possible. There may be variations in color translations over the Internet and by different monitors and printers used to view the colors. When selecting colors, keep in mind that Thermo-Plastic Coating for tables and seats and Powder Coating for frames may not be exactly the same color. That is, a Blue Thermo-Plastic Coating for seats and/or tops and a Blue Powder Coating for frames may differ slightly.


Coated Steel Channel Components for Benches and Tables:

Steel Channel Component ColorsLooks like 2x4 but has the strength of steel. Formed steel channel (SC) components approximate 2x4 lumber dimensions, but are formed using 16 ga. steel plate and bracing. These tops and seats are strong and light weight.

Formed steel channels (SC), steel end caps and understructure bracing are pre- assembled at the factory. So onsite assembly is easier.

After assembly each component is thermoplastic coated (/T) in your choice of colors.  Use “/T” plus color letter in model number to specify color choice.

Thermoplastic coated steel components are available on most 6’ and 8’ rectangular picnic tables and some benches. See product pages for specific materials available.

To request a color sample send Customer Service an e-mail.
 

Thermoplastic Coated Steel Strap, Cut Steel Plate and Formed Steel Channel Components:
Several steel components (besides expanded and perforated steel) can be also be finished with a thermoplastic coating. See above for a process description.  These different steel component designs have different Model Number designators. Then a “/T” plus the color letter is added for the thermoplastic finish. See Chart:

 

Steel Channel Components Chart

Steel Channel Component Colors


 

100% Recycled Plastic Timbers, Planks and Frames:
Our recycled plastic material is 100% recycled high-density polyethylene and is formed using a combination of post-consumer and post-industrial waste plastics. There is no virgin plastic in this product. Post-consumer plastic has been used by a consumer and then recycled to avoid dumping in a landfill (such as milk jugs). Post-industrial plastics have gone through a manufacturing process but never reached the consumer (such as product rejects or process wastes). On average our product is 80% post consumer and 20% post industrial (percentages can vary). Our plastic components are 100% recycled and can also be recycled again and again. There are no toxic chemicals in this product. Plastic by its very nature does not leach.

A solid color is formed throughout the component and a UV stabilizer is added for ultraviolet protection. This recycled plastic is a dense, durable product, offering a long lasting, attractive appearance. It will not splinter or rot, and is resistant to mold and insects. These components are molded into solid dimensional shapes corresponding to nominal lumber dimensions. Recycled plastic components are available in your choice of colors.

Plastic Colors 1

RED
Use PR in
model no.
YELLOW
Use PY in
model no.
BLACK
Use PB in
model no.
BLUE
Use PU in
model no.
GOLD
Use PG in
model no.



Plastic Colors 2

WEATHERED REDWOOD
Use PD in
model no.
CEDAR
Use PC in
model no.
GREEN
Use PN in
model no.
GRAY
Use PA in
model no.
BROWN
Use PW in
model no.

 

To request a color sample send Customer Service an e-mail.

 

NOTE: These color samples are approximations only. Colors may vary by lot. There may also be variations in color translations over the Internet and by different monitors and printers used to view the colors.


GRAFFITI REMOVAL SUGGESTIONS FOR RECYCLED PLASTIC: Our recycled plastic lumber is extremely chemical resistant to very harsh chemical removers. There are several graffiti removal tools on the market that could be used on our plastic lumber. Harsh graffiti removers like MEK, NextGen and Gasoline solutions will not harm the plastic lumber. Be sure to wash off any residue. If the substance is ground in, oily or sticky, some type of solution will be needed to loosen up the stain to get it out of the porous surface of the plastic lumber.

Pressure washing with detergent added will remove most dirt, grime, markings and debris. When pressure washing, start with the tip far away, and then gradually move closer to the plastic lumber to avoid gouging the plastic lumber with too aggresive of a pressure wash.

 

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