Castagra Demostrates the Benefits of Using its Ecodur 201 Coating Over Epoxy Coatings
- Jun 25, 2012
RENO, NV -- Castagra Products, Inc. recently conducted a live demonstration of its Ecodur 201 protective coating. The demonstration entailed a spray application of Ecodur 201 over concrete substrate, with a narration by Castagra's President, Peter Roosen.
Ecodur 201 is a spray-applied plasticized gypsum coating most often used for industrial applications in the oil, gas, and marine industries, although the demonstration took place at a water treatment facility. Ecodur 201 is free of any volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or solvents, which is a characteristic that Castagra views as an asset in the increasingly-regulated industrial coatings market. Furthermore, the coating performs better for the spray applicator in that it requires fewer coats than an epoxy coating would.
"The advantages of our system is that, first of all, we are green and sustainable, as far as the technology," said Roosen. "But at the end of the day we are better, faster and cheaper."
Castagra differentiates itself from traditionally-implemented epoxy coatings:
Adhesion: Most epoxies do not stick well. The adhesion rate is typically 50%. Castagra's adhesion rate is 98% to 100%. It bonds molecularly to cellulosic surfaces such as wood, and natural fibers, including straw.
Flexibility: Most epoxies are not flexible. They tend to crack and flake in heat and cold very quickly allowing moisture, oxygen, and contaminants to reach the base surface. Castagra is flexible, highly protective and has passed forward and reverse impact tests.
Cost: Most epoxies are expensive. Material costs are high and the application process is difficult. Castagra is cost effective. It applies easily and the equipment requires no use of potentially contaminating and expensive to dispose of solvents. The overall life cycle costs are much lower.
Performance: Epoxies often show early failure and have a limited lifespan, particularly in harsh industrial and marine conditions. Castagra's products have a 20-year pedigree in marine and concrete construction applications that demonstrate they vastly outperform epoxies.
Application Speed: Epoxy coatings takes about twice as much effort to apply to cover a particular surface. Castagra applies in half the time. This is due the fast cure rates and the minimal surface preparation requirements. Castagra's products do not slide on vertical surfaces due to fast set up times.
Environment: Most epoxies are toxic and petrochemical-based. Clean up requires hazardous solvents such as acetone. Castagra does not use solvents either in its composition, application or equipment clean-up whatsoever. The products are non-toxic and made from Castor oil and gypsum, including recycled gypsum. Coatings are applied using a 100% solvent-free spray system.
Castagra, which is headquartered in Reno, Nevada, is primarily focused on protective coatings for the oil and gas industries of North America. The main business activities are in Houston, Phoenix, Calgary and Pittsburgh for the emerging oil and gas shale play. The company's coatings are highly regarded as they do not use highly toxic solvents either in their mix, or application.
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