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What Is Industrial Coating?

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Did you know there's a paint for things that most people wouldn't even care to paint? It's called industrial coating.

And if you don't apply it to stuff on a regular basis, you may not even know what it is.

That's ok.

We know what it is. And we want to help you understand what industrial coating is.

So, sit back and let us tell you about industrial coating.

What Is Industrial Coating?

Essentially, an industrial coating is a covering.

It's typically some sort of epoxy or polyurethane polymer. And it's used to cover steel, concrete, or other materials.

These materials are generally subject to some sort of erosive force whether that be weather or water erosion.

A lot of times these coatings serve to both protect and provide aesthetic appeal.

Steel or concrete can be fairly dull in looks. Paint can spruce it up a bit. Make a concrete or steel structure look more presentable to the public.

When applying coating to concrete or steel, you need a primer just like you would with house paints.

And after you apply the coating, you add a sealant for extra protection, which is always necessary.

What Are An Industrial Coating's Uses?

We could write a book about the uses of an industrial coating.

The main purpose is anti-corrosion.


Steel by itself will rust when it comes into contact with water and oxygen.

And this happens faster with salt water and acid rain.

We large steel tankers that float in the ocean with coating for this very reason. If we didn't the boat would eventually rust through and sink.


Concrete can deteriorate for any number of reasons.

But one of the most common reasons concrete breaks down some sort of chemical reaction.

Water is almost never pure H20. A lot of other chemicals seep into the natural water systems of the world.

When these chemicals come into contact with concrete, they break it down.

Coatings prevent this from happening.

If you coat a concrete pipe with a coating, it will last much longer.


If you run a warehouse with heavy equipment, you need to protect the concrete flooring.

Weather isn't the only wear and tear you will see in an industrial environment.

Heavy machinery, heavy vehicles, these both can reduce the life of industrial flooring.

If you coat a concrete floor with industrial strength coating, it can add years to your warehouse floor.

Coating will help maintain the hardness and luster of the flooring as well.


You may not realize it, but cans can corrode too. While aluminum can be more hearty than most metals, it still doesn't last forever.

And when you're placing chemicals inside a can, you want to ensure the can doesn't corrode and leak.

Coatings exist specifically to line cans.

Of course, if the coating is applied to a food or beverage can there a number of challenges. It has to be safe for humans. But it also has to withstand sterilization processes. And it must preserve the food inside for years without breaking down.

Coil Coatings

This coating process is used in manufacturing.

It's a continuous process and it's automated.

It's usually applied to some sort of steel or aluminum substrate. And it's delivered to the coating facility in massive coils.

The coil sits at the head of the coating line where the metal is fed into the line.

The machine unwinds the coal, cleanses it, pre-treats it, primes it, and coats it.

It's wound back up at the end and sent to the manufacturer.

Once coated it can be used for a variety of purposes. Gutters, household appliances, automobiles, and electrical components can all be made from the coils.

Heat Resistance

One thing you may not realize is that your frying pan might have an industrial coating.

Teflon is a heat resistant coating.

And there are coatings out there designed specifically to resist heat.

Truck Beds

If you've ever hopped into the bed of a new truck, you'll realize that the paint in there can scratch easily.

Spray on truck bed liners are another use of coating.

These coatings serve two purposes:

They make your truck bed slip resistant.

And they keep your truck bed from rusting.

If you coat your truck bed with a liner, you reduce the shifting of your supplies. And your truck will last just that much longer.

NASA Uses Industrial Coating For Spacecraft

Industrial coating is a pretty useful thing.

And NASA has revolutionized coatings to work for space travel.

Right now, we mostly use epoxy and resins to coat things. These things won't survive the rigors of outer space and atmospheric re-entry.

But NASA has created a technology to efficiently coat vulnerable materials in metal.

Their method uses something called pulse combustion. It's typically used for flight propulsion.

They've reduced the technology to a handheld thermal spraying system.

And it uses an oxidizer and high-pressure fuel to melt and adhere the metal.

New technology like this comes from NASA all the time.

Of course, they have an interesting in protecting their craft from harm.

New Coatings Are Being Invented All the Time

The coating industry is constantly shifting. With new environmental regulations comes the need for innovation.

One area of interest for the coating industry is nanotechnology.

Unlike the popular perception, nanotechnology is not about tiny robots.

Instead, it's about creating tiny structures called nanoparticles that can be applied to various other technologies such as coatings.

With nanotechnologies, coatings can be used for more than just protection or aesthetics.

One such use is in the area of electricity.

You can then create conductive coatings for various uses.

Right now these technologies are limited to specialized applications. And these applications cost large amounts of money.


We hope you've learned a little bit about industrial coating. As we said before, we could write a whole book about the subject.

If you're interested in industrial coating for either distribution or personal use, contact us. We'll help you out.