Boca Raton Florida Driveway Gates for Horse Ranch

Boca Raton Driveway Gates

Driveway gates for Boca Raton, Florida horse ranch that are custom built from aluminum by JDR Metal Art.

Boca raton driveway gates designed, plasma cut and built by JDR metal art in summer 2018.

Aluminum Square Tubing Frame

The frame consists of 2″ square tubing aluminum. The arches are rolled from tubing with 1/8″ wall thickness. The bottom rails, hinge rails and inside vertical rails are all 3/16″ wall thickness.

Aluminum tubing arch for custom gate in band saw

Aluminum tubing arch for boca raton driveway gates

aluminum tubing for gate frame being cut in saw

Fitting aluminum gate frame 2 boca raton

Fitting aluminum gate frame

Building a custom aluminum gate

Custom aluminum gate manufacturer JDR Metal Art

aluminum gates after fabrication

MIG Welded Aluminum Gates

In the picture below you can (somewhat) see the spool gun used to join the aluminum artwork cutout to the aluminum frame. Since the aluminum wire is so soft it can be fed only a short distance, hence the reason why the spool of welding wire is practically handheld.

Aluminum welding driveway gate with Lincoln spool gun

Custom aluminum ranch gate

aluminum arches with plasma cut lettering for ranch

Polished aluminum entry gates

arched aluminum gate with ranch logo brand

Aluminum driveway gate fabrications

Hinge Brackets

1/4″ thick aluminum C-brackets accommodate sealed bearing hinges. A 5/8″ thick grade 8 hardened steel bolt holds the hinges to the gate. Threaded rods protruding from the hinges go through the client’s aluminum posts and provide the means of adjustment to perfectly level the gates and also to adjust the center gap to the desired width (typically 1″).

Aluminum gate frame with hinge bracket

Hinges aluminum gate custom by JDR Metal Art

Custom Ranch Brand

Also, plasma cut into the 3/16″ thick aluminum sheet material.

custom ranch brand on aluminum gate

Brushed Aluminum Finish

The powder coat finish will only be as good as the prep job. The entire gate has been brushed using zirconia flapwheels and washed using zirconium oxide cleaner/pretreatment. While both processes ensure long-term adhesion, the zirconium oxide also greatly enhances the corrosion resistance of the aluminum. Being that Boca Raton is a tropical area there will be a great deal of moisture trying to corrode the aluminum so it is imperative to do a great prep job.

Beautiful aluminum driveway gates by JDR Metal Art 2018

Shop cat discovers air leak in hose line air dryer

Shop cat discovers an air leak in one of the in-line air filters I just refilled.

Hanging for powder coating

Horses hanging out upside down

Loading gate up for powder coating

aluminum driveway entry gate

Two Stage Powder Coat Finish

A two stage powder coat finish is far superior to the single stage finish offered by many gate manufacturers.

A single stage finish will often be applied too thin and will not “wet out” to fully cover the metal, resulting in pinholes that go clear down to the substrate. Such a finish is prone to be applied unevenly and will appear with a sandpaper texture (“tight orange peel”) while other areas are noticeably much smoother.

A two stage greatly enhances the final appearance of the gates. Powder coat can be applied far more thickly than paint without running or sagging. Minor imperfections in the metal surface that are noticeable after one coat of powder will be gone after the second coat.

First Coat of Powder

The first coat of powder gets electrostatically applied and then the gates get run up to a temperature of 250F in the powder coat oven…there the powder melts and becomes a gel coating. The gates come back out, the gel hardens. The gates look shiny here but will become a matte black after the second coat is applied and cured. Gates after first coat of powder

Gates after first coat of powder 2

After Top Coat Cured

Now the next coat (the top coat) has been applied, the gates went back in the oven and baked at 400F for around 25-30 minutes. They are now a matte black. The gates are already fully cured and more durable than paint. The “super durable” exterior grade powder coat I use excels at abrasion and chipping resistance, UV fade resistance and corrosion resistance, all of which will be in play from the time of installation in Boca Raton until many years thereafter.

*Some of the pictures appear upside down because the gates are hung upside down to be sprayed.

Ranch brand on driveway gates custom by JDR Metal Art 2018

Florida driveway gates with powder coated aluminum horses plasma cut for Boca Raton ranch by JDR Metal Art in 2018

quarter horse driveway gate by JDR metal Art 2018

Aluminum driveway gate welds by JDR Metal Art 2018

Ranch Brand on Aluminum Gate

Plasma cut ranch brand for florida driveway gate by JDR Metal Art 2018

 horse themed entrance gates by JDR Metal Art 2018 Horse face driveway gate plasma cut by jdr metal art 2018

Custom Horse Driveway Gates Powder Coated Black JDR Metal Art 2018 2

Boca Raton Driveway Gates with Custom Design JDR Metal Art 2018

Boca Raton Driveway Gates JDR Metal Art 2018 Black powder coat on aluminum driveway gate 2018

Black powder coat driveway gates 2018

Bracket for Gate Operator Welded on Backside of Gate

Custom automated gate design by JDR 2018  This rectangular tubing bar was placed on the back of the gate to accommodate an automatic gate opener with articulating arms.

Same bar is in the picture below. The brackets will likely bolt to the bar, which is actually a 2×1 rectangular tube with 1/8″ wall thickness.

Automatic aluminum gate operator mounting bracket on back of custom gate

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