An Intro to Industrial Painting

As its name suggests, industrial painting is a part of the manufacturing process. Industrial painting has two purposes: to create a protective coating around a product to shield it from corrosion, chemical weathering, or other damage, and to give the finished product a pleasing appearance. An example of a typical use for industrial painting is to protect steel beams and hardware from the effects of rust. Industrial painters tend to use vocabulary that may be unfamiliar to those outside the industry, so our team at Prep-Rite Painting has put together a brief intro to some of the key terminology to help you in your industrial painting process.

All paint is made of the same basic components: pigments, binders, liquids, and additives. Of those four, binders are what set industrial paint apart from paints for other applications and are where you’ll run into the most specialized vocabulary. Binders are the component that holds everything else in the paint together, and they affect qualities such as gloss, strength, hardness, and curing. Common paint binders include alkyd, an artificial resin used in oil-based paints, acrylic, a flexible and highly adhesive binder used in water-based paints, and latex, a binder with a rubber-like consistency also used in water-based paints.

While these binders are common in most house paints, industrial painting typically uses plural component coatings, which contain a curing agent to better cure the resins in the binder and give the paint a harder finish. Plural component coatings often contain epoxy, a binder noted for its bonding strength and resistance to both physical and chemical abrasion, or polyureawhich bonds well to concrete while maintaining its flexibility.

If you want more information about industrial painting, our team at Prep-Rite Painting is happy to answer any questions you have. We can help you select the best coating for your application that will protect your product from rust, weathering, or other damage. Call us at Prep-Rite Painting to learn more about what our industrial painting services can do for you.