An Overview of Metalizing Paint
Metalizing paint, also known as thermal spray coating, is basically the process of effectively applying a thin metallic contrite on a substrate; this is done in order to protect the material against physical wear and corrosion. Alloys, aluminium and zinc the metals typically used in the process. The metals will either be heated with the help of a flame or electronically before it can be sprayed over a substrate; before the substrate can be sprayed with the metalizing paint, it has to go through surface preparation.
Metalizing paint can offer great protection on metals and concrete against corrosion but you can add metalizing paint on top of every metal or concrete area you own; the area has to be strong enough to handle the surface preparation, which involves a lot of blasters and cleaners. Marine coating are the most effective when pure aluminum or zinc-aluminum is used in the metalizing paint. Metalizing paint is usually applied on to onshore and offshore facilities like piers, bridges, locks and dams.
Benefits or Metalizing Paint
Because of the fact that VOCs (volatile emission compounds) are not emitted during the metalizing process, in a lot of ways, it’s safe; VOCs come from specific solvents and metalizing paint contains no solvents. For the past couple of years, environmental regulations regarding VOC emissions have gradually become stricter; a lot of owners and painters and looking into options for limiting and decreasing their overall VOC output. As a result, metalizing has gained popularity and aside from containing no traces of solvents, metalizing projects do not require cure times. Assets that undergo metalizing can be quickly placed back in server as soon as the process is completed; for some it might not seem like all that big of a deal but for companies that lose revenue whenever there’s a downtime, it means a lot.
Whatever may be the conditions of the surroundings or the area, the metalizing process won’t be hindered; unlike other paint-based coatings, metalizing can be applied matter the level of humidity or temperature, all thanks to the metals and alloys. So as another advantage metalizing projects can be done whatever the seasons or whether might be, may it rains cats and dogs or the heat of the sun becomes too much and everything in between; the only real concern will be the safety of the workers.
Because of certain similarities, metalizing is usually compared to hot-dip galvanisation; metalizing has a few advantages over hot-dip galvanisation. First of all, metalizing makes use of a spray application so it’s an ideal process for the larger structures despite deconstruction being impossible. Under metalizing, the substrate remains cool since it’s just a spray application unlike when it goes under hot-dip galvanisation; there’s no actual risk of distortion or damage to the substrate when metalizing is applied.