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27-06-2019
The 4 W’s of Industrial Coatings

If you’ve made it this far, you probably know you need some sort of industrial coating for your application. But what exactly are industrial coatings and why do we use them?

 

Today we’ll bring it back to industrial coatings 101 to briefly introduce the what, who, where, and why, and how of coatings.

 

What are High-Performing Coatings?

 

As its name may suggest, high-performance coatings are engineered specifically for both protective and functional purposes – often allowing for corrosion resistance in surfaces such as concrete and metals like steel.

 

Who uses High-Performance Coatings?

 

There isn’t a definitive answer to who uses high-performance coatings. Coatings are applied based on application – anyone who requires a protective and visually appealing way of enhancing the surface of their application might opt for an industrial coating.

 

Where are they used?

 

Coatings are typically applied on surfaces that undergo consistent wear and tear due to environment, or application. They can be used to coat the surfaces of machines, infrastructure, and the floors of workshops. It is highly likely that you will come across a surface with an industrial coating at least once in the span of your lifetime.

 

Why do we use High-Performing Coatings?

 

As suggested, we used industrial coatings based on specificity of application. There are various coatings available that are formulated based on what the purpose the coating is made for.

  • Epoxies are one common type of coating used for its excellent abrasion and chemical resistance, performance when under water
  • Polyurethanes are also used for their resistance to abrasion, high-gloss and colour retention properties, and resistance to weathering and UV light
  • Polysiloxanes offer great resistance to weather and abrasion, solid colour and gloss retention, excellent performance against weathering and UV light, and ability to perform well in extreme temperatures

 

How are high-performing coatings made?

 

The ingredients involved in formulating a powerful industrial coating will depend on specificity of use. For example, if you require a coating that must perform well in high temperatures – the coating formulated for your application, will be different than a coating formulated for a coating that is needed for strictly aesthetic purposes.

 

 

 

 


Great introduction to industrial coatings!
Posted by: Arnold | June 27, 2019, 10:19 am
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