You can find a large selection of industrial coating solutions on the market — and that’s a good thing. Variety means you won’t run out of choices, but it also means you’ll have a harder time choosing the industrial coating product that’s most suitable for your business.
No worries, though. Here are tips to help you choose the best industrial coating products:
#1. Select a goal
Industrial coatings are usually applied to meet four goals. These are:
- To change the color and improve the appearance of a certain surface, component, or structure
- To protect surfaces from various sources of stress, such as fluctuating temperatures, moisture, ultraviolet radiation, dirt, friction, harsh chemicals, and others
- To improve safety and efficiency by reducing the risk of slippage, indicating walkways, emergency routes, and floor edges, as well as demarcating places where harmful substances are stored
- To improve visibility in dark workplaces, enhancing safety and reducing your business’s electricity costs
Different coating products possess different characteristics that make them ideal for one or several of these goals. Identify your purpose and narrow down your choices to those products that can help you achieve it.
#2. Set a budget
Identify a ceiling amount that you are willing and able to pay. Different coating solutions come at different prices depending on their quality and intended purpose, but you shouldn’t take only their upfront price tags into account.
Certain products require several coating layers while others need regular repainting. Some coatings can be applied by amateurs while others require professional industrial painters for maximum utility. These factors will contribute to your final expense and should be considered as you make your decision.
#3. Plan out the painting process
Industrial coating products fall under three major categories: powder, liquid, and film. Each category requires different painting processes, which you need to plan for and take into account ahead of time.
Consider your area’s weather patterns and the hour of the day when the application process will be performed. Factors like temperature variations and humidity levels can have a significant impact on the time it takes for the coating to cure and dry. Experts such as custom paint formulators can assist in assessing your area for these factors in addition to helping you determine the best coating for your intended purpose.
#4. Choose the ideal coating characteristics
Never underestimate the value of a well-chosen coating. In terms of aesthetics alone, using paint with the right color and finish can make your building or equipment look cleaner and more polished, professional, and attractive to both customers and prospective investors.
But don’t settle for a coating just because it looks good. After all, different coatings are made from ingredients and with methods of varying quality. Top-grade products are likely to offer more reliable protection, last longer, and look better than their cheaper and lower-grade counterparts.
Bonus: Pick green
If you can, choose products that are safe for human health and the environment. Odorous coating products likely contain high levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are paint additives that are gradually released into the air during the application process. Although VOCs typically dissipate as the coating dries, they sometimes remain in certain products. When this happens, they not only lower air quality in the immediate area, but they can also pose a risk to human health.
Mobile Paint formulates custom coatings for both residential and commercial use. We can tailor industrial coatings that will protect surfaces from chemicals, the elements, and any other operational and environmental factors. Contact us today to get started!