Applying a lining or coating to an item – such as a vessel, tank, or pipework – is a proven way of protecting it against corrosion. If you’re looking for a lining or coating, there are many options available, including the premium solutions offered by SÄKAPHEN® and Heresite – both available through KUE Group.
High-performance linings or coatings should be viewed as an investment and need to be applied correctly for you to achieve the best return on expenditure. Failing to prepare the surface correctly, or making errors during application, can lead to your lining or coating not adhering.
In this article, we take a look at three common mistakes businesses make when planning their lining or coating project.
1) Lack of Knowledge
It’s easy to underestimate the process of applying a coating to a surface. Not following approved procedures, technical data sheets, safety data sheet or even just not having prior experience can lead to errors that could reduce the durability of a coating or lining. It is worth consulting with a coating specialist to determine the right approach, and carefully assessing the requirements for each coating option. In many cases it is more cost-effective to outsource your coating to a third party if you don’t have the skills, time, and resources in-house.
2) Going with the Cheapest Price
Value can be determined in terms of longevity, the resistance of the lining or coating to particular working duties and the benefits this brings.
While prices vary from specification to specification, questions may be raised if there are major disparities between quotations, both from a pricing and technical aspect. A lower than market price could indicate poor quality, the incorrect materials, or inadequate quality assurance.
3) Not Leaving Enough Time for the Lining or Coating
As lining or coating takes place at the end of a project there is a danger of it being treated as an afterthought. This can result either in the lining or coating process itself being rushed or delaying the project overall. Both can be expensive, but leaving inadequate time is the more problematic mistake, as cutting corners in surface preparation, or in leaving suitable curing time, can lead to faults arising in the lining or coating. This will invariably lead to more time and money required on repairs, and often the need to replace the lining or coating at some point down the line.
Choosing an experienced and accredited coatings applicator reduces the likelihood of coating or lining defects arising. The KUE Group of Companies combine over 100 years’ experience applying specialist coatings for a wide range of industries, so if you need to know the best approach for your project, give us a call today. As the UK’s sole official applicator for SÄKAPHEN® lining systems, and an accredited applicator for Heresite, we offer high performance coatings that deliver excellent reliability and long-term value for money.