Application Considerations in Corrosion Protection Coatings

December 3, 2009

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Anti-corrosion coatings work to prevent corrosive elements from attacking metal surfaces. When corrosion protection coatings are applied, the useful life of surfaces are prolonged, lessening the costs in repairs and maintenance.

To make sure that corrosion protection coatings deliver the maximum protection possible to metal surfaces, here are a few important factors to consider:

1. The material composition of the surface, because different materials react differently to various agents of corrosion, and require different types of corrosion protection coatings.

2. The condition of the surface to be coated, because this determines the type of surface preparation or repair that need to be conducted prior to installing corrosion protection coatings.

3. The length of time that the protective coating is expected to be effective, because this requires different formulations, thicknesses or quality in corrosion protection coatings, depending on the need.

4. The environmental, health and safety requirements, because these factors ensure that corrosion protection coatings are installed successfully but with minimal hazards to tenants, workers and the environment as a whole.

These, and many other factors such as the painting contractors’ skills, application methods, post-application practices, among others, must be addressed fully if facility managers aim to prevent corrosion from bringing costly damages to the facility.

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