Protective Coating Services
Under harsh weather conditions and environments, protective coatings services will provide a sturdy layer of protection on your substrate to sustain its longevity. The purpose of protective coating services can be decorative, functional, or both. Depending on your needs, the protective coating can cover parts of your substrate or be an all-over coating and usually at a controlled thickness. To achieve a controlled thickness, there are a number of different ways we will apply the coating on your substrate. In addition, your protective coating can either be organic or inorganic, though it is possible to integrate both in a multifunctional coatings system.
Most organic coatings come from refined and modified petroleum and include varnishes, lacquers, resins, and paints. On the other hand, inorganic coatings include glass linings, metallic coatings, and porcelain enamels. Another category that is considered is metallic coatings. These coatings are produced with a variety of different techniques such as thermal spray, cladding, electroplating, and hot dipping.
Protective coatings are usually referred to by their generic resin type or by the type of resin and curing agent used. However, some products in our protective coating services may contain more than one resin. In addition, different manufacturers may not necessarily share the same properties even though it’s the same generic coating type. Each manufacturer will have their own unique blend of additives, solvent, resin, and pigment. This will result in major differences in the properties and serviceability of your coating.
Protective Coating Properties
Our protective coating services will exhibit a variety of properties that fulfill its role in protecting your substrate. Depending on the industry you are in, you may or may not require different protective coating properties. Here are some of the most desirable properties.
- Chemical Resistance
- Ease Of Application
- Cohesive Strength
- Flexibility and Elongation
- Impact Resistance
- Abrasion Resistance
- Temperature Resistance
- Dielectric Strength
- Water Resistance
- Adhesion to Substrate
Like its name, a chemical resistance property must be able to withstand chemical breakdown to when it is exposed. Chemical resistance is typically a function of the resin used. Perhaps the most important protective coating regardless of what substrate you’re putting it on is ease of application. It is a vital characteristic that prevents defects from being created that usually leads to premature failure. Ease of application is crucial, especially with intricate structural details.
Cohesive strength is also a desirable property as your protective coating will withstand the stresses of the curing process, temperature changes, and humidity. For some substrates, flexibility and elongation are critical. This property will ensure that the coating has the ability to expand and contract with the substrate. If your substrate must withstand a lot of pressure from heavy loads, then you should look into having a protective coating with an impact resistance property.
Coatings in some areas may have to be abrasion-resistant. Also, depending on the environment your substrate is exposed to, you may require it to sustain the stress of extreme and elevated temperatures. Dielectric strength is a key variable in coatings in conjunction with cathodic protection and in barrier coatings. Water resistance affects virtually all coatings, and by having a water resistance property, your substrate will have an even greater resistance and protection against water which makes it more effective against corrosion. Lastly, if your coating is not adhesive enough, it will perform poorly because adhesion is based on the chemical and physical interaction between the protective coating and the substrate.
Types Of Protective Coatings
Our protective coatings services offer different types of protective coatings. Again, depending on the industry you are in, you will require different types of protective coatings services. There are five common and desirable protective coatings used that appeals and can be applied to a wide variety of industries.
- Corrosion Control
- Industrial Coating
- UV Protection
- Nonslip Finish
Corrosion control is protection against the general deterioration determined from a layer of epoxy resin. This type of protective coating is particularly important on the surface of doors. By measuring the overall rate of the epoxy resin to deterioration of time and avoid general abuse, corrosion control takes the best cautionary measures. If you live in an area with commonly high humidity levels, you should be looking into waterproofing your substrates. Humidity is a dangerous addition to your substrate’s health. Waterproofing will add a high sealing to prevent this from happening. In addition, if your substrate goes underwater, there are special impermeable layers of epoxy that are designed for those purposes. Coupled with an industrial coating sealant, waterproofing is a recommended epoxy coating.
Industrial coatings are also referred to as a chemical coating. It is protective against epoxy resins, acids, solvents, and other chemicals. The industrial coating is a general classification that has many special epoxy resins available that are primarily for industrial purposes. UV protection is not to be confused with general heat-proofing materials as it is a unique form. Like its name, it’s designed to protect against the sun’s harmful rays. Damages done by UV rays and heat are very different and require different protective coatings. Lastly, the nonslip finish is designed to reduce friction that sometimes comes with preventing a layer of epoxy resin.
Why Should You Choose Wilcox High Velocity?
At Wilcox, we take great care in completing your project in a timely and effective manner. Your needs and budget will always be a priority when you contact us on our protective coating services. As we understand that all protective coatings are different and will vary depending on the substrate and the environment, you will get a detailed breakdown of what is to be expected. In other words, we will listen attentively to your substrate needs and provide a detailed analysis of recommended coatings and why they are recommended provided all within your budget.
Your satisfaction is important to us. As such, we will always answer questions and concerns regarding your project without any hesitation. It’s important that you are just as involved with your project as we are. Start protecting your substrates. Contact Wilcox High Velocity today and ask about our protective coating services!