Protective coatings cover a broad range of paints and barriers which are used to provide corrosion protection to assets such as ships, buildings or structures to which they are applied. Common examples include epoxy coatings with high barrier properties to prevent water intrusion, zinc rich primers providing corrosion protection and urethane based coatings providing excellent UV resistance.
Protective coatings are selected using criteria such as cost, intended service life, environmental conditions and application. The characteristics of different coating system will vary greatly depending on the intended use. Environments such as chemical storage tanks, offshore installations or high temperature pipelines each provide unique challenges for coatings, which is why selecting the right coating with proper pre-qualification is critical.
What role could Endures play for you?:
A big prerequisite for successful long term performance of a coating system is its proper application. Surface preparation, film thickness, ambient conditions such as temperature and humidity and the proper (use of) application tools are all factors which have to be taken into account for a proper application.
Endures can help you with a proper application by:
Coatings degrade naturally throughout their service life because of factors like UV radiation from sunlight, the influence of temperature, humidity and so forth. Aside from natural ageing effects, a poor choice in coating selection or an incorrect application thereof, can lead to all kinds of coating failure. A coating can develop defects like blistering, cracking (or ‘crocodiling’), and loss of adhesion etc etc.
Once defects in the coating system become apparent, the underlying substrate may already be showing advanced signs of corrosion. This is a particular issue with insulated pipes where, due to the insulation, defects are not noticed until they are quite advanced; but this issue extends to all coated surfaces.
Endures is the right company to provide you with:
Companies and organizations that want to learn more about the performance of protective coatings for civil and maritime applications can contact Endures for a wide range services, including:
Would you like to know more about performing (the best) tests for the coatings of your ship(s) / asset(s)?
Endures has a laboratory located in the port city of Den Helder in the Netherlands, with direct access to natural sea-water. Here our coating-experts can perform a wide range of multidisciplinary experiments under diverse environmental conditions and exposure regimes. Some of these tests and experiments include:
These are just a handful of the options we can offer. If you would like more information or have any other questions regarding coatings, you can contact us here.
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