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INDUSTRIAL COATINGS 101

Are you worried about corrosion or wear and tear on a structure or equipment? In the world of industrial coatings there are amazing solutions for whatever you wish to protect.  Industrial coating companies like Tnemec have been creating and improving upon their polymer coatings such as epoxies, polyurethanes, moisture-cure urethanes, fluoropolymers, etc. for over a hundred years.   Whatever your needs, follow these simple steps in addition to consulting an industrial coating expert.

1. Educate yourself about the science of corrosion and how to protect against it.

  • Learn about how quick materials actually will corrode, and how important coatings are.
  • You can find great information from the National Association of Corrosion Engineers, or NACE International (see nace.org).

2. Educate yourself about the coatings industry standards for safety.

  • One of the best sources for information about standards is the Society for Protective Coatings at sspc.org.  Both the SSPC and NACE international have been around for over 60 years, and are loaded with great ideas and experience in fighting corrosion.

3. Learn about material are you protecting.

  • Concrete, steel or other metals, wood, drywall, cinder block, etc. all have different proven systems for preparation and protection against corrosion.

4. Consider what you protecting against.

  • Fire, water, salt water, chemicals, physical wear and tear, UV light, wind and weathering, soil, etc. also all need specific types of coatings and protection, and rarely are you protecting against only one type of corrosion.

5. Decide how long you want your coating to last.

  • As usual, you often get what you pay for when it comes to industrial coatings.
  • In general, effective industrial coating systems save companies huge amounts of money over the long run.

Remember that most effective coating systems include a primer, an intermediate coat, and then a top coat.

Whatever you want to protect from tanks to walls, structures, and floors, there are answers available, and corrosion engineers who can combine polymers and create a system to suit your needs.

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