Useful Info

Please feel free to make use of the industry and product advice and information on this page. This information is regularly updated, so drop back from time to time so see what’s new.

Wet Film Thickness - Effect of Dilution

This document will assist with determining the Wet Film Thickness required for your specifications, after thinning. The first table shows Paint Solids Content after Thinning for most dilution levels, and the figure obtained can then be used in the second table to ascertain the necessary Wet Film Thickness required to achieve a range of Dry Film Thickness levels.

Theoretical Coverage & Paint Usage Formulas

Collated to help you calculate the paint volume required for your projects, this document provides formulas and ratios from metal weight:surface area to spreading rate and price per m2 calculations.

ISO 12944 Category information

Listed here you will find the categories for this industry standard, including typical internal/external examples, the related expected service life, and the amount of salt spray testing the coating system has to resist to meet each category specification.

Anticorrosion - Barrier Protection

Play this clip to see why different paints provide a better barrier protection than others, and why film thickness is important.

Anticorrosion - Inhibitive Protection

Explains the protective inhibition effect that is provided by most metal primers and undercoats.

Anticorrosion - Cathodic Protection

Most anticorrosive coatings use the cathodic method to protect the substrate. This short animation shows how this works, and why different coatings achieve differing levels of success.

External Joinery Preparation, Coating & Maintenance

External joinery is an area where preparation, technique and maintenance are essential – we have put together some typical recommendations that apply to nearly all systems and conditions.

Surface Preparation Standards

This table provides a cross reference between the major standards for surface preparation, including Swedish (Sa), SSPC, NACE, CGSB and BS.

Surface Preparation Details

Refer to this document for details of methods and finish achieved by the various surface preparation standards referred in the table above.

Changing Application Equipment to Waterbased Material

When changing your equipment from solvent- to water-based coatings or vice versa, it’s essential to remove all contamination – we have provided a brief summary of the process required to ensure this is achieved.

Curing Processes - Evaporation

Nearly all single-pack paints dry by evaporation – this animation explains exactly what happens during this process.

Curing Processes - Oxidation

Some paints dry by oxidation – this animation shows the differences between this process and drying by evaporation.

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