What are the Advantages of Metallizing?


March 10, 2016

Category: Painting and Metallizing  -  Published by: Maxime Ampleman

  • No size limitation which can ultimately reduce the number of field splices needed when compared to galvanized members.
  • No dry or cure time, which significantly increases fabricator throughput.
  • Zinc is a recyclable material and the metallizing process produces zero volatile organic compound emissions.
  • Low temperature process in which the metallized surface never exceeds 250-300°F. Thus, there is virtually no risk of weld damage or distortion of the steel due to high temperature or overheating.

Tomorrow: How durable is a metallized coating?

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  1. Comment by Frank Braden the 12 March 2016 at 6 h 25 min

    Although this technology is an excellent application in shops, metallizing in the field is challenging. Surface preparation is critical and application requires special skill sets to accomplish successfully. It is difficult to adequately clean the substrate in a field environment and often times fails. Otherwise, metallizing offers longer term protection than coatings as long as damage is kept to a minimum.

  2. Comment by Maxime Ampleman the 17 March 2016 at 8 h 45 min

    It is true that an adequate surface preparation is critical to obtain a long term adherence of the coating. It is true for field applications and also for shop applications. Thus, this is not specific to metallized coating as for example paint or antiskid wearing surface also needs a satisfactory level of surface preparation to be durable. A well-trained team, with the good equipment, can achieve the needed level of preparation and ensure the durability of the coating.

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