Coating and painting large tanks, piping, and other large equipment that is at risk of corroding can be an expensive and stressful undertaking. If something goes wrong during the process or it’s done incorrectly, it can cost your company thousands of dollars, hours and hours of labor, and stress for owners and managers. But by following best practices, like implementing dehumidification and temperature control during the application, your company can improve its bottom line and avoid any headaches during a coating or painting project.
How Relative Humidity Impacts Coating and Painting Projects
For most paints and protective coatings, ambient relative humidity should stay between 50% and 70%, although specific materials require a much smaller range. If the relative humidity is just a little too high, leaching and discoloration can occur. In more extreme high humidity cases, the moisture can negate the protective qualities of a material. When it comes to painting or coating wood, the wood can absorb moisture and cause peeling or bubbling as the coating dries.
How Temperature Impacts Coating and Painting Projects
When it comes to low temperatures and how they affect the drying of paint and coatings, it’s simple: if it’s too cold, they won’t dry. On the other hand, excessively high temperatures can cause paint and coatings to dry too quickly, resulting in bubbles, bumps, and other imperfections. Just like different materials require different relative humidities, different materials also have ideal drying temperatures.
What Happens When Paints or Coatings Don’t Dry Correctly?
If these projects go on despite not having ideal conditions, there can be serious consequences. Imperfections in what is supposed to be a protective coating can render it ineffective. The point of these materials is to be a barrier between a container, whatever it’s containing, and whatever is outside. If the protective barrier is compromised, it can damage the container itself and compromise whatever is being contained, the safety of the people working around the container, and a slew of other problems. At that point, the project has to start over. This means that companies not only have to pay for two projects, but also take the time and effort to move materials and halt operations.
Get Temporary Climate Control for Coating and Painting Projects
Most of the time, your company won’t have the option to wait for ideal conditions to start a painting or coating project. That’s why Polygon equips project sites with desiccant dehumidification and heating equipment. By exacting conditions for the material being applied, Polygon enables owners to benefit from a longer coating life, which can reduce life cycle coating costs by 20%. Our trained application specialists look at the specifications and logistics for each coatings project and determine the best course of action to complete the project in the most efficient and cost-effective manner. We save you money in other ways too. Our equipment is some of the most energy-efficient on the market. Many project sites don’t have typical power sources, so energy efficiency is important.
Contact our experts today to ensure that your painting or coating project site has the temporary climate control solution it needs to succeed.