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Corrosion occurs when a metal gradually deteriorates as a
result of a reaction between the material and its environment (e.g. water or
oxygen). Rust is perhaps the best-known example, and can affect the look and
functionality of equipment. Corrosion often impacts on the strength and
movement of the metal and can result in a hefty bill to fix or replace the
object. In fact, Australia faces an annual cost of billions of dollars because
of corrosion, due largely to the fact that most of our cities are in coastal
areas – salt water rapidly
So we know it is important to do what we can to avoid corrosion, but is corrosion
protection safe? Many corrosion protection products produce highly
toxic, carcinogenic compounds that offer protection at the cost of our health
and the environment. It is a good idea to find a company that is committed to
customer safety and offers a range of corrosion protection options.
During Cathodic Protection,
another metal is applied to the original equipment surface to react with air
and water – instead of the metal beneath it getting damaged. Prevention is
always better than cure, so Cold Galvanizing products are available to provide
long term protection of steel. Cold Galvanizing – a form of Cathodic Protection
– is a corrosion protection process that helps protect steel from
rusting by applying a layer of zinc rich paint. Rather than water and oxygen
impacting on the metal, the reaction occurs with the zinc, and the metal
remains intact. Cathodic Protection can assist in the prevention of stress corrosion cracking.
It is essential to find products
with a high zinc concentration – this is important for providing a strong
barrier between the equipment and the elements. If the percentage of zinc in
the product is too low, Cathodic Protection cannot occur. A product that
contains around 98.5% pure zinc and 92% metallic zinc in the dry film is a good
guide. It is also unique in its self-healing ability – if the dry product is
scratched the scratched surface is automatically resealed.
Investing in corrosion protection products pays off. All metal can
corrode, and not only can corrosion affect the look and function of equipment,
it can also put your family or colleagues in great danger. Proper maintenance
is essential, and the right products will save you money in the long term.
Corrosion control is something that must be maintained constantly, and if corrosion
protection treatments are applied to new equipment and properly maintained,
the chances of any corrosion is highly unlikely. For pieces that have already
corroded, they can often be fixed – and further damage prevented – with corrosion protection products.
Industry experts agree that zinc coatings are excellent, if not the best,
method of long term corrosion
protection. Most corrosion protection products are easy and
quick to prepare and apply, high in zinc, and suitable for new equipment as
well as older gear that needs restoring. These Corrosion Resistance
products can lower your maintenance costs
and extend the lifespan of your equipment.