Maintenance Painting Programs
At Diamond Industrial Painting Ltd we take Maintenance Painting Programs seriously and we believe you should do to. Money spent now will save you much more in the future and here’s why.
There are six reasons to properly develop, implement, and maintain a maintenance painting program: facility upkeep, corrosion protection, aesthetics, cost savings, energy conservation, and safety/identification. These factors all enter into the maintenance painting program decision-making process.
Facility upkeep is an all encompassing concept. How smooth or well an operation functions can be a direct result of management’s commitment to both the long- and short-term benefits of continual surveillance and remediation of corrosion. When the owner provides for continued maintenance, unscheduled shutdowns because of equipment and/or structural corrosion related failures can be avoided. The rehabilitation of the facility then can be maintained through planned downtimes and/or scheduled preventative maintenance procedures.
Corrosion protection, combined with loss of structural integrity, is generally the overriding and primary purpose of a maintenance painting program. When properly designed and maintained, major and costly procedures (complete removal and replacement) can be avoided. The location of corrosion may identify poor coating system selections and areas of poor design and construction. By designing a maintenance painting program strictly around corrosion, the results lend themselves to the identification and prevention of all other factors mentioned: operations, aesthetics, savings, conservation, and safety related factors.
Aesthetic concerns vary considerably, depending on the specific industry. For example, manufacturing or fabricating facilities generally do not adopt or assign the same weight or importance to aesthetics as would those in the food industry. Accordingly, tourist attraction areas may be more important aesthetically than some remote storage area. The degree of importance placed on aesthetics will have an effect on the frequency of painting, type of coating materials used, and colour selection. If aesthetics is a motivating factor in a maintenance painting program, coating characteristics such as fading, chalking, checking, and rust stains will enter into the decision.
Cost savings can be achieved if the maintenance program is designed so defects, such as corrosion, aesthetics, etc., are identified prior to the need for extensive surface preparation and recoating work. The life cycle cost of a coating is lessened considerably when regularly scheduled periodic repairs are performed.
Energy conservation also may be a consideration in specialized instances within a facility. Colour selection is the key factor when energy conservation becomes a component or requirement within a program. An example of this would be the selection of a dark-coloured coating on the exterior of a water storage tank. The increased heat generated on the interior may be sufficient to eliminate the formation of ice in the winter months and/or assist in some chemical reaction in a later process. If the structure is heated, the use of a light colour could reduce the potential hazards with flammable and/or combustible material.
Safety/identification can be factors in a maintenance painting program if protection of employees and/or visitors is a predominant concern in a particular area or process. Colour-coded piping systems and nonskid deck coatings also are examples of colour-coded material selection that enhances safety. First aid stations and fire extinguishers are commonly identified and located at a facility by colour identification.