Despite the financial crisis, the industrial coatings market is in relatively better shape than most industries, due mostly to the continuing demand from the construction, machinery and manufacturing sectors for quality coatings. It is business as usual for these industries, despite leaner manpower and lesser production loads, and coatings companies are hard-pressed to provide quality industrial coatings for these sectors’ manufacturing and repair needs.
But with increases in the prices of raw materials and the widening competition coming from overseas manufacturers, coating companies are continually challenged to research and produceindustrial coatings and processes that are cost-efficient and of high-quality at the same time.
1. Industrial Coatings that Experts Use
The variety of coatings products that are available in the market is the result of manufacturers’ enhancements, in search for the best coatings products that comply with the criteria of quality and cost-efficiency. Out of these bewildering array of choices, painting specialists can easily identify the best among them. What’s more, experienced painting contractors maintain their own database of top products that they often use, with all pertinent data about any particular coatings product. More product choices give painting companies more freedom to find the perfect match for any coatings application project.
Experts have their own favorites when it comes to coatings products. Surface protection, lubricity, and temperature resistance — these are some of the many requirements that experts commonly encounter in coatings projects. And for every requirement, they often have the correct coatings product fitted for the job, with the end view of achieving the best performance.
2. Non-Stick Industrial Coatings
Coating specialists generally maintain a selection of non-stick industrial coatings, known to prevent solid substances or materials from adhering to the coated surface. Non-stick coatings often vary in their adhesion capabilities, with some products actually becoming part of the surface substrate through arc-spraying, for permanent and enduring results. Such non-stick coatings are low-friction, non-wetting, and have been electrically-transformed for better temperature and chemical resistance.
PTFE (polytetrafluoro ethylene) coatings are often preferred by experts because of their good performance at high temperatures — the highest for any flouropolymer. FEP (fluorinated ethylene-propylene) industrial coatings have the capabilities of PFTE coatings plus the ability for melt-processing — often used in chemical processing industries. FEPs achieve remarkable chemical inertness and are impervious to heat and the weather, making it a tough and durable product.
3. Protective Industrial Coatings
Coatings application experts are always faced with projects that require the best surface protection. Fluoropolymer industrial coatings have been time-tested and known to provide remarkable corrosion and chemical resistance. Some products act uniquely as a thermal barrier that resists extreme temperatures and provide the best surface enhancement. These products are typically electroplated coatings that are chemically applied — thin films that have high protective capabilities even in extreme conditions. Thermal-cure epoxy coatings also offer excellent corrosion and abrasion protection and additional impact resistance. When it comes to high-pressure loads, molybdenum disulfide performs admirably because of a unique lubrication system that reduces wear and tear and friction during intense loads.
The best industrial coatings products in the market — from epoxy thermal cures to polyurethane high-gloss topcoats — give paintings experts the freedom to achieve successful yet affordable results that provide the best performance and protection in coatings application projects.