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. Out of all the metals available, zinc, aluminum and alloys are the most common. The metals are heated electronically, or with the traditional way of flaming, and are sprayed right on top of the substrate; by this time, the substrate has already gone through proper surface preparation.
Any metal or concrete can go under the process of metalizing as long as it can withstand the force of being cleaned and blasted before the actual application; it is required as the surface preparation. In metalizing paint, pure aluminium and zinc-aluminum alloy are incredibly effective marine coatings. Metalizing paint is typically applied on to areas or structures like lock and dams, bridges, piers and many other onshore and offshore facilities.
Why Decide to Get Metalizing Paint
Metalizing paint and its entire application process does not make use of solvents, hence no VOCs (volatile organic compounds) are emitted. Hundreds of owners and painters are looking into all the options to limit the emission of VOCs from their process since environmental regulations are against it. Not all that surprising that people turned more to metalizing as a result; aside from not emitting VOCs, due to lack of solvents, metalizing projects practically have no cure time. As soon as an asset completes the metalizing process, it can be put back in service; this is a major advantage for establishments that incurs losses when these down times happen.
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. Another advantage that comes from this is that metalizing can be done regardless of the season; the safety conditions of the workers would be the only real concern, especially when it snows and everything becomes slippery.
Metalizing is often compared to hot-dip galvanisation, they may be similar but metalizing offers a handful of advantages over hot-dip galvanisation. The initial advantage is that metalizing is a better solution for bigger structures thanks to the spray application that it uses; even though deconstruction is not all the cost-effective or possible. 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.