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March 28, 2013

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Exterior tank coatings and containment tank linings for industrial facilities

   Industrial tanks are massive structures that require precise care and maintenance. Not only do the tanks at your industrial facility need to be able to withstand exposure to the elements, they must also be able to keep the contents inside and uncontaminated.

A skilled industrial painting contractor can help to ensure the integrity of your industrial tanks with exterior tank coatings and containment tank linings. Your contractor should understand the specialized needs of your industrial environment, including the conditions that lead to corrosion and the tight application windows required to prevent downtime for your facility.

Exterior tank coatings: More than a pretty picture

Naturally, a professional application of exterior paint will leave your industrial tanks looking fresh and appealing. However, exterior tank coatings do more than enhance the looks of your facility.

Over time, these freestanding structures are susceptible to environmental damage through water and salt water, wind, sunlight, and extreme temperatures. This exposure promotes oxidation and corrosion, which eventually leads to weakened structural integrity if left unchecked.

Exterior tank coatings such as durable epoxy seals the surface of your tanks away from the elements. Epoxy coatings form a hard, waterproof film that is also chemical resistant—a must for many industrial environments. A top coat of clear polyurethane will help further by reflecting harmful UV rays away from your coating.

Containment tank linings: Protection from the inside

Containment tanks are lined with fiberglass coating that requires highly specialized application processes and equipment. Fiberglass coatings must be mixed precisely and applied without bubbling—and a fast dry time limits application windows.

Industrial painting contractors who work in a containment tank require specialty equipment, including elaborate respiration systems and a negative air system. They also must have the proper permits, and a confined space entry certification, to work inside industrial tanks.

Once applied properly, fiberglass containment tank linings prevent leaks and seepage, and guard the contents against contamination from outside sources.


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