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What Do All Coating Failures Have in Common?

Posted Nov 30, 2020 by Dave Scaturro

Dust Free Blasting using NO2 Dry Ice in Production Facility What Do All Coating Failures Have in Common?

A high-quality industrial coating is the first defense line for your building interiors and exteriors, or your equipment. It can protect components from contamination, corrosion, and general wear and tear, and yet when coatings fail, the protection they should provide is absent. This leaves you feeling frustrated and your equipment vulnerable to a host of threats, all of which can shorten its lifespan and negatively impact performance. The best way to prevent these issues is to understand what ultimately causes coating defects in the first place. What Causes Coating Failures? Below are a few common sources of failures in industrial coatings.

Environmental Changes During Application

Most of the time, environmental conditions are uncontrollable. If changes occur during an application, it could have a significant effect on the coatings’ success. For instance, temperature changes are among the typical reasons for paint coating defects. If the temperature is too hot or too cold when liquid paint is applied, it can cause the coating to come out unevenly. This leads to weak spots in the dried paint that will eventually crack, blister, or flake. The purity of the air, humidity, and temperature should all be monitored closely when applying your coatings.

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Surface Conditions

Coatings must have a clean surface to ensure proper adhesion. Any particulates or contaminants that get between the coating and the substrate can cause the bond to fail. This is why properly preparing your surfaces is critical for the success of industrial coatings.

The Application Technique

When coatings are applied incorrectly, it can lead to ugly defects and eventual failure. For example, when too much paint is applied, it can run down the surface and create areas of uneven thickness.

The Coating’s Formulation

Powder coating defects and their causes often can be traced to improper formulations. A professional provider of industrial coatings should have the necessary knowledge to deliver a formula that will meet your exact needs, so you must choose your providers wisely.

Prevent Coating Failures with Expert Assistance

In most cases, coating defects can be avoided with the right expertise. Working with a reputable coatings company is an important step. By leveraging a skilled contractor's experience, you can save yourself a lot of time, money, and trouble. When applied with the proper approach, paint or powder coatings will defend your equipment against almost anything. Ensure you do everything you can to allow your industrial coating to succeed. Work with the people that know best.

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