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Industrial Coatings for Fluoride – Ecodur 201

What is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a mineral found in soil, fresh and salt water, and various foods. It is also the 13th most abundant element on the earth’s crust. You are probably familiar with fluoride due to its use in conventional toothpaste, but do you know what else it is used for?
Many Uses of Fluoride
Prevention of tooth decay
Many dentists believe fluoride can help prevent tooth decay. The most common form of fluoride used in toothpaste and fluoride mouth rinses is sodium fluoride. It is added to conventional toothpastes, and in some areas it is added to drinking water to aid in tooth decay prevention.
According to researchers, fluoride can protect teeth from demineralization that is caused by acid and can help remineralize weakened areas by strengthening enamel. But some researchers and critics, however, dispute fluoride’s health benefits and believe that fluoride has an overall negative impact on health.
Killing of pests
Sodium fluoride is poisonous if ingested, so it is used as a pesticide in fungicides and insecticides. Many of the foods you commonly eat may have been sprayed with a fluoride pesticide. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, it is used predominantly on grapes, potatoes and citrus fruit.
Industrial uses
Sodium fluoride is used as a preservative in glues and adhesives as it inhibits the growth of bacteria and fungi. Sodium fluoride is also used to make steel and aluminum products. (Its addition to the molten metal lowers the melting temperature producing a more uniform metal.) Sodium fluoride is also used in glass frosting, stainless steel pickling and wood preservatives.
Featured fluoride coating project
In 2012, Ecodur was used on a secondary containment area for the Louisville Water Department. The project was strictly for spillage protection from potential run-off into nearby ground water and office buildings. Fluoride was going to be added to the drinking water supply, but some of the problems the water department faced were time and vertical surface set up time.
Ecodur was chosen as the suitable solution because it has a NSF61 potable water rating, quick vertical surface set up, and it fills cracks quicker and deeper. Ecodur also retains long term flexibility should a surface move over time as a result of structural shift or temperature variations.
And two additional benefits about Ecodur are:

  • It is free from volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which does not produce strong vapors or odors.
  • Quick cure time and better coverage than traditional epoxy.

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