Unlike architectural coatings, industrial coatings
are not defined by their
aesthetic properties but by their protective ones.
Industrial protective coatings
are mainly long-lasting coating solutions
which allow longer use of industrial facilities
or other industrial applications
exposed to extreme environmental conditions. Indeed, during their shelf life, industrial
structures are used extensively and exposed to inner and outer workings from the
elements. The role of industrial coatings is to protect structures against corrosion,
abrasion, weathering as well as chemical abuse
Polyurethane, polyester, epoxy and fluoropolymers are the main resins used in industrial
coatings. Systems used today are mainly high solid solvent borne coatings, although
for environmental reasons, waterborne systems are gaining market shares.
Depending on their final use, Industrial coatings are divided in three groups: corrosion-resistant
, high-temperature coatings
, and coatings for immersion service
Compare to decorative coatings, industrial protective coatings are applied as thicker
films (up to 4 mm) on steel structures, off shore oil rigs and equipments, chemical
or petroleum plants, piping and other structures where anti corrosive and high resistance
, electronic coatings
and aircraft coatings
are also usually considered as industrial coatings.