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Improve Asset Reliability With Industrial Coatings

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Finishes are often overlooked from the Asset Reliability Manager’s perspective.  But if you learn the many benefits of industrial and commercial coatings, you can see how they can improve some of the most important assets in any facility.

When a company or facility thinks of their assets, their first thought is typically production machinery.  Which makes sense.  It gets used daily, to produce the product that the company is selling.  And if that machinery goes down, then that product is no longer being produced.  There’s not a lot of degrees of separation between the machinery and money.

Which is why it’s perplexing that so many facilities overlook a vital component to sustaining their productivity: their facility.

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Industrial Painting Contractors – Prep & Application

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Hire Industrial Painting Contractors to Finish Tough Jobs

I was contacted by a local fabrication company.  These guys weld large structural steel objects that include air handler units, frames, and other piece of customized steel structures.  This cold box that they’re currently welding weighs about 150,000 pounds.  It is 46′ Long x 12′ Wide, and 11′ Tall.  But it needs an industrial coating, so they reached out for an industrial painting contractor to complete the project.

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Half Primed / Half Not

As you can see in both pictures, some of the steel is primed with a green mastic epoxy.  While the remaining steel is exposed.  So the first thing our industrial painting contractors had to do was wipe down the exposed steel.  When welding, there is often an oily residue left on the steel substrate.  This oil help creates cleaner weld lines.  But it works against the paint’s ability to bond with the substrate.  So the oily residue needed to be removed with denatured alcohol.

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Industrial Painting Challenges in Manufacturing Areas

Industrial Painting Challenges in Manufacturing Areas

Often, industrial areas have operational equipment and machinery built into the room.  It’s impossible to move the equipment, making the project almost seem impossible to complete.  But, when food or pharmaceutical plants have corroded ceilings with flaking paint, it’s no longer allowed to be an impossible project.

So when a food facility let us know about their corroded ceiling with flaking paint and rust, it was obvious they were in dire need to find a solution.  So what we needed to do, was go into the plant, wash the corroded areas to remove rust and loose paint, and then apply a rust-inhibitive elastomeric paint system.  But before we could do any of that, we needed to address the operating equipment in the middle of the room.

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Industrial Painting Steel in Corrosive Environments – PennCoat, Inc

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Industrial Painting Steel in Corrosive Environments – PennCoat, Inc.

When you provide industrial painting services, it’s common to see a lot of corroded steel.  Steel that’s exposed to natural environments, such as snow, rain, hail, UV rays, high and low temps contribute to the deterioration of steel.  So when looking at steel frames and structures, it’s important to consider coatings that will help prevent this corrosion.  And one of the best methods it to apply a moisture cured urethane primer.

I recently ventured onto the rooftops of a food manufacturing facility in Hazleton, Pennsylvania.  The site owner’s request was to paint all of the corroded steel.  And what he had to show me was everything a corroded piece of steel could look like.

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Winter Painting – Keeping the Industrial Painting Projects Indoors – PennCoat, Inc

Industrial painting projects in the winter are limited.  Firstly, a lot of paints, such as epoxies and urethanes, are difficult to apply in temperatures below 50 degrees.  The have a higher viscocity, making the application process a burden, and they take a longer time to cure, due to the cold weather.  But not only does the material present a problem, accessing the substrates outdoors can also be problematic.  Cold weather can affect the applicators performance, and if there is a large accumulation of snowfall, then there is issues with mobility.

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Rooftop Air Handler Units – Industrial & Commercial Painting by PennCoat, Inc.

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Industrial and Commercial Painting in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware.

One of our favorite customers reached out to us regarding an industrial painting and commercial painting project.  Because they manufacture and produce candy, it is vital that their facility maintains a consistent temperature throughout the plant.  Any fluctuation outside of the required temperature range can jeopardize the quality and integrity of the candy.  Because of this need, the facility has many large air handler units lining the roof top.

However, the roof top is the best location for anything to reach exposure to the extreme elements of mother nature.

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Industrial Covering – How to cover and protect equipment for industrial painting.

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Cover & Protecting – Industrial Painting in Pennsylvania & Maryland

One of our favorite customers our of Philadelphia recently asked for our industrial painting services in one of their main production rooms.  PennCoat always enjoys a painting challenge, and gladly considered the project.  What they had to show us was a room that needed its ceiling painted.  The ceiling was corrugated, and lined with bar joists, sprinkler piping, lights, conduit, and a large air duct.  Ordinarily, this is a common challenge, and our approach is to pressure wash the substrates, and then paint the surfaces.

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Corroded Tanks with an Urethane Finish – Industrial Painting

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We were on site painting the exterior of a food manufacturing factory.  One of the site’s maintenance personal directed us towards their silo.  It was experiencing paint failure, where the system was not adhering properly to the substrate.

industrial painting pennsylvania/marylandThe coating can be seen blistering and bubble, and the exposed steel can be seen where the paint already failed, and was released from the substrate.  The result is an unsightly tank that exposes steel to the weather and other elements that can cause damage to the surface.

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Urethane Industrial Paint for Exterior Tanks

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Industrial Painting for Fuel Tanks

We were called to the scene of an airport that owned some fuel tanks.  These fuel tanks were corroded and badly rusted, and were in need of an industrial coating that could withstand exposure to the outdoor elements.

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Our first course of action was to pressure wash the tanks, to remove the failed coatings.  A potential issue PennCoat considered was the corroded surface may be exposed to chlorides, sulfates, and salts.  Salts can cause great damage to a new industrial coating, by causing pre-mature corrosion and adhesion failure.  To prevent this concern, PennCoat pressure washed the substrate with a material called Chlor-Rid.  This product is a salt soluble, and will remove the salt or sulfates that are still present on the substrate, that could ultimately impair the coating.

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The many worlds of House Paint

PennCoat, Inc. doesn’t paint houses or residential properties.  PennCoat, Inc. provides industrial painting and commercial painting services for plants and facilities.  Regardless of the market’s we’re willing to serve, there is still a large demand for quality house and residential painters.  And even these painters need to have a solid understanding of what paint will work in which environments.

Paint for Interior Painting

There’s a lot more flexibility with interior paints.  Unlike exterior paints that have to fight weather exposure, interior paints are isolated and protected from the outdoor environments.  The safest paints to use indoors are water based paints such as acrylic or latex.  These paints don’t contain any VOC’s (volitile organic compounds), and they are 100% solids, meaning that there are no solvents to evaporate once the paint cures.  Water based paints have good adhesion, and can stick to drywall very well, and is the recommended interior paint for drywall and sheet rock.

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