The Basics of Metalizing Paint
Basically, the process of administering specific metallic coating on top of a substrate is called metalizing paint or thermal spray coating; this is done to ensure that the material has added protection from physical wear or corrosion. The most common metals used are alloys, aluminium and zinc. After the substrate has gone under proper surface preparation, the heated metals can be sprayed on top of it; the metals are electronically heated or heated using a flame.
Metalizing paint is the an effective protection for metals and concrete surfaces against corrosion; before you think about metalizing paint, make sure that the surface you intend it for can hold its own against the cleaners and blasts during the application. Zinc-aluminium alloy and pure aluminium are used in this method are known to be effective marine coatings. The most common customers of thermal spray coatings include piers, bridges, locks and dams as well as other onshore and offshore facilities.
Advantage of Metalizing Paint
Due to the fact that the entire metalizing process doesn’t involve any kind of solvent, there’s no possibility of volatile organic compound (VOC) emission. Environmental rules and regulations governing VOC emission has become stricter and stricter, so professional painters and owners are seeking new ways to limit their overall VOC emissions. 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.
No matter what the condition might be, metalizing can be done; compared to paint-based coatings that require certain conditions for the process, the metals and alloys in metalizing allows it to be effectively applied regardless of the humidity or temperature. As you might have already realised, metalizing projects can be accepted and completed in all seasons cause the heat or cold won’t affect the process; the real concern will rise from the safety of the workers.
Even though metalizing is often compared to hot-dip galvanisation due to a handful of similarities, metalizing still has advantages over the other process. First of all, metalizing makes use of a spray application so it’s an ideal process for the larger structures despite deconstruction being impossible. Due to the process involved in metalizing, the substrates remain at cool temperatures which is a different story when hot-dip galvanisation is used; because of the fact that metalizing only used a spray application, it won’t pose any possible damage or distortion to the substrate.