By protecting your pipelines with high-performance coatings, you will be preserving the integrity and maintaining the health of your systems. Generally, coatings can have a functional or decorative function. High-performance coatings are highly recommended by professionals in the industrial industry due to its outstanding anti-corrosion properties, impressive metal adhesion, and cathodic disbandment resistance. Depending on the substrate, different types of high-performance coatings are used to ensure that it doesn’t have the opposite effect which subjects your pipes to damage. By adding high-performance coatings, you are adding a new property to the finished product, so it will maintain its health. Coatings can be applied as either solid, liquids, or gas.
Types Of High-Performance Coatings
Depending on the industry you’re in, there are different types of coating processes. However, most industry standards define three types of coatings which are metallic, inorganic, and organic. As most industrial coatings contain several types of long-chain molecules referred to as polymers. Polymers will lock together to form a tight bond yet flexible film. Coatings such as polystyrene and polyvinyl chloride are made up of monomers that form a strong double and triple bond polymer chains. Most coatings contain a combination of synthetic, organic, and inorganic materials. These will form together to improve the application and curing processes. Depending on the coating method most suited for your project, there will be different advantages and disadvantages. There are three common high-performance coatings you should be aware of.
- Physical Vapor Deposition
- Thermal Spray
The first high-performance coating is physical vapor deposition. This is a process that is atomistic and involves the vaporization and subsequent deposition of coating species. If you are looking to coat metal alloys and ceramics, using physical vapor deposition is recommended. This application involves a clear line-of-sight. As such, to make sure that your desired material is coated completely, a complex mechanical system is involved in manipulating the material during the coating cycle.
The biggest advantage to using sputtering is that it is able to deposit a wide variety of materials such as intermetallics, oxide solutions, and alloys. To get a reactive sputtering reaction, a reactive gas can be introduced along with the heavy inert gas. However, if your coating material is turbine hardware, sputtering is not recommended as the equipment deposits the coating too slowly.
Lastly, thermal spray is often a combination of other high-performance coatings that are not restricted to the two mentioned above. When applied with a thermal spray coating, your substrate will have sufficient protection against corrosion, thermal insulation, electrical insulation, and improved aesthetic appearance. Keep in mind that thermal spray should not be confused with UV protection. As UV rays damages differ from thermal spray damages, it’s important to consider if you should get one or the other or both!
Why Should You Choose Wilcox High Velocity?
High-performance coatings are important in sustaining your substrate’s physical health and appearance. We offer a variety of different high-performance coatings and protective coating services that are guaranteed to suit your industrial and commercial needs. As customer satisfaction is important to us, you will get a detailed breakdown of recommended high-performance coatings and why we have chosen them. High-performance coatings and protective coatings are often combined to ensure the greatest protection and satisfaction of your substrate. By taking your budget into account, we will choose the optimal bundle that will strengthen your substrate inside and out. Contact us today for more information or if you have any questions or concerns about our high-performance coating services!