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How To Manage a Successful Coating Project – Part Two

Yesterday, we posted part one of ‘How To Manage a Successful Coating Project’. Today is our final installment of the series.
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1. Ensure proper surface prep before deployment
This is perhaps the most important step in any successful coating project because it separates the quality of one tank from another. Follow company guidelines when preparing a tank’s surface, but prior to surface prep, ensure

  • All grease and oil from all surfaces are removed
  • Scales, debris, and cargo residues from the tanks are removed
  • All hot work in way of tanks must be complete
  • Heating coils should be installed and masked
  • Burst all blisters present and blister caps must be removed from the surface

2. Check equipment
Before heading to the job site, perform a thorough inspection of all the equipment you will be using to cut down on wasted time. Bring spare parts for any unexpected field repairs.
3. Bring enough coating to the job site
We don’t like to waste, but surprises do happen which can cost more in the long term if we’re caught unprepared. But by bringing extra coating material, we’re prepared in case a drum gets damaged or the surface are of the job site is greater than we estimated. Also, applicator error and the condition of the tank should also be taken into consideration as well.
4. Communicate
In any project, communication is key. Out in the field things can change very fast. They key is to keep everyone in the loop on the conditions at the job site, including the account manager and the end-client.
5. Document every step of the process
From start to finish, take photos of everything. Photos will serve you and your clients well for any reports and marketing material you create. Don’t forget to fill in a proper Quality Assurance sheets.
6. Cold-weather applicable
Even though summer weather is almost here, which makes coating application easier – think ahead into the colder months. Cold weather has proven to be troublesome for applicators because certain epoxies have cracked in extreme cold. But to keep a coating project on track, look for a coating material that retains a degree of flexibility, like Castagra’s Ecodur.

TNphoto Tatsuya Nakagawa
Tatsuya Nakagawa is the VP of Marketing and co-founder of Castagra Products, a storage tank and wastewater coatings manufacturing company that is highly acclaimed for its sustainable coatings, cold weather tank coating applications, and its durable frac tank coatings. Castagra is used by the world’s top oil and gas field services companies.