Industrial areas are some of the most dangerous and vulnerable environments to work in. Modern industrial equipment is a maze of moving parts, fast-moving vehicles, and bright lights. With every day that goes by, routine maintenance becomes more critical as machinery starts to wear out. The essence of the liquid coating process is to protect industrial machinery and equipment from the elements. The coatings offer a durable protective layer. Here are some factors that you need to consider when choosing the best liquid coating for your setting.
Understand the Composition and Curing Process of Coatings
The curing process lies behind the various properties a coating has. The longer a coating sits before it cures after application or over time, the more defensive properties it acquires. High levels of adhesion are a must on an industrial site with metal structures and equipment with moving parts. The curing process should also allow time for corrections to be made. Choose a liquid coating that combines carboxylate binders and silicone surfactants in the base polymer to make it strong.
Research the Coating Technology Used
The application process varies depending on the type of plant, how much surface area needs to be covered, and how fast the coatings must cure. Traditional liquid coating technologies are suitable for large industrial sites. These spray or roll-on coatings use an organic polymer base and add the necessary binders and additives to the formulation. The coating can be applied on virtually any surface, including concrete, wood, and steel. New technologies, such as electrospinning, are the future of coating technology. Rather than using an organic polymer base, they use an inorganic polymer to achieve a higher level of adhesion. The electrospun fabric has a high level of resistance to chemical and thermal stressors.
Be Wary of Unproven Products
Be wary of coatings that lack a track record. You should confirm that the technology is compatible with your process and equipment. These coatings may not offer the required level of protection compared to traditional coatings. A good supplier should offer a wide range of products, be accessible, and possess a high level of expertise. They should respond to your queries promptly, offer technical support for their products, and be willing to provide samples. The company should be ISO 9001:2008 certified or registered with the National Association of Corrosion Engineers.
Choose Environmentally Friendly Products
Paint products and solvents containing toxic chemicals can harm your employees and the environment. Look for environmentally friendly coatings that are non-toxic, free of hazardous ingredients, and made from plant-based resources. Choose a company that makes use of only non-hazardous industrial coatings. The company should have a policy to re-apply the coating if it wears off or is damaged by environmental factors such as rain, snow, or ice.
The coating you choose should be easy to use and apply, last for an extended period, and protect your machinery from corrosion and rust. To achieve the best level of protection possible, stay away from volatile organic compounds and use water-based coatings that are compatible with your setting. Professionals can help you select by offering technical advice and testing products for your site.