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Ionyx coatings obtain this energy by reacting with the water present in the air.
This hydrolysis powers the creation of the covalent bond.
In the past such strong coating performance likely would have been associated with the best of the solventborne coatings available to manufacturers. Tighter environmental regulations have forced plenty of coatings manufacturers to
rethink the solvents they use to deliver their coatings. Foster said that the Ionyx
coatings remain solventborne, but the solvents in use meet even the stringent
regulations issued by California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District.
“We use one of two solvents: methyl acetate for California, which is VOC-ex-empt, and TBA [t-butyl acetate] for the rest of the world,” Foster said.
He added that Ionyx coatings can work right out of the container. No mixing
is required. A first pass can deliver a film thickness of about 1 to 2 mils, and
that should be about all that is needed for long-term protection of the metal
“With other coatings, you have to do a first pass and then you have to do two
or three more passes to get at the right film build,” he said.
Jackson said that Rugged Coatings has been working with both brands over
the last 18 months. She added that with the pretreatment and coating technology having been verified out in the field (see Figure 1), the task is now about
getting fabricators to notice that another finishing method may help them in the
eternal fight against corrosion.
Editor-in-Chief Dan Davis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rugged Coatings, 866-606-7186, www.ruggedcoatings.com
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