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THE MANY USES OF POLYUREA
Polyurea applications merge unparalleled technology with a range of uses limited by your imagination. Even though the list below is large, it still doesn't cover it all. As with any coating system, appropriate surface preparation, proper application equipment, techniques, and compatible primers are needed for success.
Polyurea coatings shield steel tanks from corrosion, chemicals, and other natural weather and Jobsite elements. With appropriate surface preparation, substrate condition, formulation choice, primers, and installation procedures, Polyurea goes on quickly and stays on for a long time. Polyureas are great for extending the life of older tanks and can offer limited structural characteristics. Some tank manufacturers apply Polyurea during primary construction. However, often tank owners ask contractors to apply Polyurea in a retrofit environment. Polyurea minimizes downtime compared to most materials with its rapid cure time, making it ideal for retrofit.
Above the waterline and below, Polyurea can be very effective in protecting steel, aluminum, and fiberglass in various water sport and commercial marine applications. Polyureas excel in abrasion, chemical, and corrosion-resistant marine applications, from sound attenuation for fishing canoes to hull protection and bilge liners.
Pipe / Pipeline Coatings & Linings
Steel/metal pipes and pipelines increasingly use Polyurea to protect from corrosion. Polyurea technology outperforms paint in nearly every measurable way. Therefore, facility owners enjoy fewer maintenance services and expenses. Polyurea is a unique protective coating system for insulated pipes with polyurethane foam. Many projects use Polyurea to line the interior of water and sewer pipes for infrastructure rehabilitation work.
Polyurea has much the same usefulness in architectural design as in theme park applications. Polyurea is a protective coating over foam, EPS, and other systems to create ornamental building fascia, themed characters, artificial rocks, pools, and environments. Furthermore, set designers and theater stage engineers have found many uses for Polyurea.
Automotive Fascia OEM Molded Parts
Polyurea can be sprayed, open-pour, or reaction-injected into molds. Thus, automotive fascia parts molded from polyurea RIM systems are becoming standard. Additionally, many spray-in-mold uses are becoming popular in replacing parts commonly made from fiberglass. Water park chutes, plaques, automotive aftermarket fascia and spoilers, architectural decorative molding, etc.
Polyurea's ability to combat corrosion and outlast paint is a major reason these systems are being specified for bridge deck and structure coating by State DOTs around the nation. The most common applications of polyurea coatings on bridges are over steel and concrete.
Flooring and Parking Decks
Polyurea flooring systems are most popular for their rapid turnaround installation capabilities. Other benefits are available with polyurea flooring systems as well. Polyureas are very durable and great for use in areas of high traffic. Clean/dirty rooms use them as a waterproofing and protective coating for daily pressure cleaning procedures. Manufacturers formulate some polyureas to be flexible and resilient, which allows the flooring system to protect objects that may fall upon them.
Manhole & Sewer Linings
Polyurea manhole lining is a rapidly growing market. This is due to Polyurea's ability to solve many current issues with groundwater infiltration and installation speed. Many municipal and private water systems are in great need of lining and structural repair. With proper surface preparation and substrate conditions, primers and Polyurea applies quickly. This returns the cavity to service faster than most competitive systems. Polyurea's ability to form a monolithic, durable liner shields the cavity from sediment. Similarly, it blocks groundwater infiltration into municipal wastewater systems.
Fuel Storage & Containment
Polyurea is resistant to many fuels and chemicals. Fuel pits and pipeline secondary containment applications commonly use Polyurea. However, some chemicals will damage Polyurea. Always perform the necessary compatibility tests and surface preparation.
Joint Fill / Caulk
Polyurea is a multi-purpose joint fill, caulking, and sealant material. It provides a flexible, durable, weather-tight, traffic-resistant seal for all building joints, such as expansion joints and control joints in masonry floors, perimeter joints, panels and doors, water reservoirs, etc. Additionally, It has excellent crack-bridging properties with high elongation and tensile strength. The fast cure time and insensitivity to moisture allow for a quicker installation with a wider application window. Proper surface preparation and substrate condition are always necessary.
Landscape & Water Containment
Landscape designers and contractors have found similar benefits with Polyurea. Many projects use Polyurea to contain water for ponds and pool decorations to form a primary containment liner. The use of geotextile material is standard when applying Polyurea over dirt. Proper surface condition is vital when applying over concrete and most other substrates.
Polyurea is ideal for use in line striping and pavement marking. It cures quickly (nearly instantly). Thus, it often returns areas to service for traffic and pedestrian use only a few minutes after application, depending on the formulation.
Aquariums have found major benefits with polyurea linings. The ability to form properly prepared, custom-shaped walls and themed ornaments make this system very desirable. A spray-applied, water-resistant liner available in various colors with rapid return-to-service installation is why aquarium facility owners are turning to Polyurea.
Railcar Lining & Track Containment
Liquid containment railcars use Polyurea for its waterproofing and chemical resistance benefits. Hopper-style rail cars benefit from the strength of Polyurea and its ability to resist abrasion. These cars often carry coal, sand, and other abrasive materials. Polyurea applies quickly and will last longer than many other conventional systems if properly applied.
Polyurea coatings make an excellent protective covering for polyurethane foam roofs. Some manufacturers formulate their polyureas to meet specific performance requirements. Reflective coatings can help reduce buildings' energy consumption for heating and cooling. The fast cure time and insensitivity to moisture allow for a quicker installation with a wider application window. Proper surface preparation and substrate condition are always necessary.
Polyureas for spray in mold processes are gaining momentum with the advent of low output spray guns. Polyureas have very fast reaction times and are meter mixed and dispensed through plural component equipment. These materials are dry to the touch within seconds after application reducing de-molding time dramatically. The system formulator can alter the physical properties of these materials to meet application requirements.
Polyurea linings are resistant to many chemicals and industrial liquids. With their fast application advantages and ability to adhere to properly prepared substrates, polyureas are ideal for new storage tank primary lining and rehabilitation projects.
Theme Park & Decorative Design
Theme Parks often use Polyurea as a protective coating over foam, EPS, and other structures to create ornamental building fascia, themed characters, artificial rocks, pools, and environments.
Polyurea truck bedliners from durable, water and air-tight, permanent liners for the exterior of pick-up trucks, dump trucks, and steel containers. These durable, easy to clean, and abrasion-resistant liners protect utility trucks from severe environments. They also guard against rust and corrosion from damaging trucks and containers. Sprayed on truck bedliners come in many colors and wrap over the truck bed's top edge, providing added protection from impact and abrasion.
Wastewater Treatment Linings
Fast cure, chemical, and abrasion-resistant, concrete primary and secondary containment linings. Above all, Polyurea transcends traditional coatings in wastewater treatment plants. It's effortless to apply and quick to reach full cure. Finally, some formulations resist UV light used to kill bacteria.
Water Parks & Playgrounds
Molded slides, protective coating of seats for wet/dry amusement rides, tank linings, water containment, aquariums, and concrete stadium seats are just a few of the numerous applications polyureas are commonly used for in the amusement and theme park industry. Polyurea's usage is rapidly growing in applications to replace paint and fiberglass due to its fast cure and ability to decrease maintenance cycles.
WHY A CAREER IN POLYUREA PAYS OFF
Due to its technical superiority, Polyurea is becoming more and more popular in numerous applications. Polyurea presents several great special features but applying it is slightly different and more complex than other paints and coatings.
It is easy to make numerous errors with Polyurea if the applicator lacks relevant competence or does not recognize all the factors that need to be considered.
ArmorThane® wants to support its customers and organize polyurea products, applications, and technology training. These professional and advanced training can be tailored according to participants' level of professional skills.
In short, the two-day, hands-on course gives participants an overview of the basics of material chemistry, its special characteristics, behavior, safety, possible causes of failure and solutions, equipment, applications, and spray techniques. Our training gives the trainees knowledge and techniques to spray the correct way every time.
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