The Painting Processes of Heavy Equipment

March 6, 2012

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The processes involved in heavy machinery painting application do not differ much from regular industrial painting applications. The key difference is that the tasks are larger in scope.

To prepare the machinery, it is often cleaned using a high-pressure washer. Because dirt and grease may have accumulated in the surface, de-greasing is also done. To remove old paints and surface imperfections, the entire surface is blasted thoroughly and blown dry.

The painting application process usually employs thicker multi-coats of superior paint. The initial primer coat goes first, and a second coating is layered on top of the primer. A third and final coat is necessary to seal the coating system for added durability. A touch up may have to be used if any areas of the surface require it.

Heavy Machinery and Equipment Painting Projects

Because of the costs of maintenance, plus the fact that critical machinery is frequently operational for most of it’s life, owners try to find an appropriate downtime and reason for repairs before calling heavy machinery painting contractors in. When the latter comes in, they are confronted with heavy equipment and vehicles that look distinctly deteriorating, or showing extensive damages from corrosion, abrasion and weathering.

The heavy machinery painting contractor must have the right experience and skills for the job, which involves everything from encapsulating the machine, removing or blasting off old paint and cleaning the machine surface.

For heavy machinery painting, the highest-performing coating solution is an absolute must because, when these machines go back to work, the coating system must be able to withstand the rigorous conditions it will be exposed to. The contractor must have the appropriate solution, and apply this with minimal downtime.

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