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Selecting a Suitable Industrial Coating

Industrial Coating
The main purpose of a protective coating is, of course, to provide protection and prevention of deterioration, contamination, corrosion, or other benefits like chemical resistance, physical performance, ease of maintenance, and much more on different industrial surfaces.
But you need the right type of protective coating for the job along with a myriad of other details and specifications. Plus, not all coating materials can be used on the same surfaces, which is why it’s important to plan and find a coating provider who is knowledgeable in the coating field.
But first, map out the steps when selecting a suitable industrial coating:
1. Cost/Budget

  • It’s important to know your budget and how much you have to work with. Keep in mind that putting the money towards quality a coating system far outweighs the likelihood of constant upkeep from a low-quality coating solution.
  • It’s also important to consider how easy the coating system is to maintain. Do you need to re-blast large sections or will the coating have the ability to re-bond to itself with minimum downtime and cost to the asset owner.

2. Evaluate

  • Evaluate the type of surface you’re dealing with. As mentioned above, not all industrial coatings work with all surfaces. Epoxies are hard when cured and will crack under the constant expansion.
  • Check adhesion properties of the coating system. Not all coatings stick well to concrete, steel, and wood.

3. Durability/Lifespan

  • How durable is the coating long-term? Will it hold up to extreme weather and temperature changes? What about physical movement?
  • Durability is important because 1. upkeep is costly, and 2. the systems will have to go through down-time again which can cost the operators more money in the long-run.

4. Environment

  • Recent advancements in technology have changed protective coatings for the better. There is more awareness surrounding the use of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and other toxins in coatings.
  • Unfortunately, many industrial coatings still use toxic chemicals that not only affect employees but also the environment.
  • Pick coatings that are made from natural ingredients and free from VOCs and BPAs. If you are considering a coating for a water application then the NSF-61 certification is a must.

5. Temperature/Humidity

  • Most coatings, like epoxies, do not cure well in cold weather. Instead, expensive heating equipment is used to raise the temperatures for the coating to cure properly.
  • In a refrigerated food facility, turning up the heat may not be an option. In this situation, using a suitable cold temperature coating is the optimal solution.
  • High humidity considerations places a limitation on your coating choices. Most coating systems require the humidity to be lower than 85%.

6. Time/Cure Rate

  • How much time does your client have before the system needs to be returned to service?

In the end, selecting the right coating for your project is the most important decision you will make. Our experts can help you with this process.
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