Your vehicles and equipment are the livestock of your existence. They are also a pricey investment. Without your vehicles and equipment in tip-top shape, the area that you’re serving won’t be in tip-top shape. This is why it is important to prevent any damage that can be caused by dirt, salt, acid, and moisture during the winter before the integrity of your equipment is depleted.
Sure the layers of paint on your vehicles and equipment serve to make them look nice; however, did you know that these coatings serve to protect them as well? Unfortunately, just one coat for the entire existence of your vehicles and equipment will not give them the life they are capable of. Soluble salts find their way through paint, causing blistering, bubbling and eventually rust and corrosion. Protective layers should be reapplied in the off season so there is no downtime when the winter comes around.
Before reapplying a new layer of paint, all existing coatings, including paint, rust, grease, oil and dirt, should be sandblasted from the surface. Sandblasting is a common term used for blasting very fine bits of aggregate at a high-velocity to clean a surface (typically steel, metal or concrete). We do this at Alpine in our in-house sandblasting shop. This step is important because it removes all the existing coating and corrosion, down to the bare substrate, and creates a fresh canvas for a new coating to adhere to. Better adhesion will cause the new coating to last longer and ultimately look nicer.
The next step is priming your vehicles and equipment. Primer is used to seal, bond, and create a stable surface for your topcoat to be applied to. We typically coat vehicles and equipment with an epoxy or zinc primer. Without a rust inhibitive primer, especially with metals, the coating will not perform correctly and may even peel off the surface.
Lastly, it is time for that protective top coat. We recommend a high performance urethane finish. Urethanes have excellent chemical resistance and hold their color and finish very well. It is important to select the right coating for your piece of equipment. Here at Alpine we will work with you to make sure we are using the paint best suited for your vehicles and equipment. Whether you are looking for a high-gloss finish, excellent durability, stand-out colors, or all of the above, Alpine will find the right solution.
Alpine will even customize equipment with company logos, matching the color, font, and design. We will make sure your new coating is resilient and stands out in the field. Check out some of our finished Shop Blasted & Painted Equipment at our shop portfolio.