The History of Paint

The technical aspect of what we do takes training to understand; however, paint has been around for over 30,000 years with it’s earliest appearance made in caves. The industrial coatings industry made it’s appearance in North American during the Industrial Revolution. However, the first reported paint mill in America was recorded in Boston in the 1700’s by Thomas Child. In 1867, Ohio native D.R. Averill patented the first “ready mixed” paints in the United States.

Because paint was expensive to transport, paint factories began to spring up in industrial parts of the nation in the late 1800’s. The Industrial Revolution created a professionalized paint coat industry. From the Model T Ford all the way to the kitchen stove, paint coatings have played a vital role in America’s history for elongating and extending the life of industrial and structural equipment.

Today, contemporary paint coatings consist of thousands of unique compounds designed to fulfill various paint coating and industrial requirements, ranging from environmentally-sound latex to multi-component finishes used on automobiles.

For more information about Spear Industrial Coatings services, contact us at 432-606-4093.

Working in Confined Spaces

At Spear Industrial Coatings, we are fully OSHA compliant with written ‘injury and illness’ and ‘heat and illness’ prevention plans, revised every year. Our team receives from 10 to 30 hours in OSHA training. In addition to the OSHA prevention training, our crews are committed to a written drug and alcohol free policy to maintain a professional and drug-free environment. Our employees are committed to the highest level of safety standards and site-specific requirements. We firmly believe that we can conduct our operations in an incident-free environment — all the time, every time.

Our crews are required to wear respiratory protection, as well as protective clothing. The respiratory filters protect the lungs from inhaling toxic gases, vapors, metal, sawdust, or any harmful particles that can be present in a small space. Protective clothing protects from harmful liquids, fire and heat, and keep exposed skin closed off from the outside elements to prevent cuts.

Many of the confined spaces that our crews work in are tanks and tall structures that require reaching extreme heights to do the job. Our crews are trained to operate forklifts, harnesses and arial lifting.

For more information on how Spear Industrial Coatings can help with your next industrial project, give us a call at 432-606-4093.

What is Epoxy Paint?

Epoxy paint is one of the most durable and versatile products. Typically, epoxy paint is used on garage floors, parking lots, and in shops. It is relied on to be able to take beatings from tires, metal, oil spills, etc. At Spear Industrial Coatings, we use epoxy paint as a rust-inhibitive primer for exterior steel surfaces (such as tanks, piping, structural steel, vessels etc.). Epoxy paint won’t absorb grease, oil, or any other chemical substances, and it is able to adhese to rough surfaces that are exposed to these elements.

Notably, epoxy paints can create a level of safety. Most coatings will create a non-slip surface and are heat resistant. Some coatings are completely fire resistant and include pigments that quickly expand when exposed to fire. This expansion creates a barrier of protection that lasts until the fire extinguishes itself!

So what makes epoxy paint so strong? The unique chemistry of the molecules in the epoxy resin make them resistant to chemicals, wear and tear. Epoxy paint’s chemicals also protect against air, water, corrosive materials, heat and petroleum products. Part of the chemistry of epoxy paint is responsible for it’s incredible adhesion. For every square foot of flooring, epoxy paint has 1.5 thousand pounds of adhesion power.

Epoxy paint is a great option for home garages, mechanic garages, storage rooms, vessels, piping, roads and sidewalks, etc. It is also a great option for commercial flooring and tanks as it is seamless. This keeps your paint coating from cracking, chipping, or allowing dirt to enter into crevices.

For more information on your next project, contact us at 432-606-4093.

 

What Is Abrasive Blasting?

Invented in the 1800’s, abrasive blasting (or sandblasting) is one of the oldest and most widely-used methods for heavy duty cleaning. The process involves using pressurized air to propel sand particles out at extremely high speeds. This creates a steady and fine stream of sand.

Abrasive blasting  is most often used for removing paint and cleansing, but can also be used to remove heavy contaminants from metal and concrete surfaces. Abrasive blasting has many uses in many different areas such as bridges, silos, parking garages, factories, airports, ship yards and machine shops.

  • Removes mold flash from plastic contaminants
  • Removes scale or rust from fabricated components
  • Great for etching smooth surfaces to allow paint to adhere effectively
  • Can provide a matte cosmetic finish on consumer products or a surface texture
  • Removes burrs or sharp edges

Unfortunately, the process of abrasive blasting can be very dusty and hazardous to health if not dealt with properly. At Spear Industrial Coatings, we abide by the highest level of safety protection possible. Our crews are equipped with breathing protection and protective clothing, as well as dust collectors.

Contact us at Spear Industrial Coatings at  432-606-4093 to find out how we can ensure a professional, clean, and precise job for your project.

Weatherproofing Your Equipment and Structures

Repairs are extremely costly when it comes to industrial structures, equipment, or buildings. While it is highly important to keep up with maintenance, starting with the correct procedures and coatings will make any building last for quite a while. Here are some ways to make your industrial equipment, buildings, tanks, pipes, or structures last:

  • Aim for environments with low humidity. Although there are coatings that can help prevent rusting, starting with the right conditions can help in the long run. Overall, look for neutral climates to store equipment or to build structures/buildings.
  • Damage occurs when water sits for long periods of time and begins to leak. This can cause corrosion and peeling. Avoid water damage by sealing cracks, using non-porous building materials, and find an efficient water run-off. Coat your structure/building/equipment with an anti-corrosion coating.
  • Heat can also be a factor in damaging equipment and structures. The oxidation process occurs in high temperatures with help from sulfur and oxygen that attacks metal surfaces. Insulate properly and protect the exterior with anti-corrosion and heat resistant coatings.

For more information on how Spear Industrial Coatings can help weatherproof your structure, give us a call at 432-606-4093.

How We Prepare to Paint

To have a perfect and crisp paint job requires a clean surface. That’s why at Spear Industrial, we go above and beyond to make sure you’re getting the best business possible.

Before we apply paint, we strip rust, dirt, and old paint from the surface in order to create a clean palette. We do this with abrasive blasting. Abrasive blasting is a preparation method, also known as sandblasting. Abrasive blasting is the operation of forcibly propelling a stream of abrasive media against a surface under high pressure to remove surface contaminants like rust, or failed coatings.

After we sandblast, we apply a protective lining to the surface to ensure protection against rust and corrosion. This is the most important part of the process as it helps the life of the outer layer of paint last longer while protecting what’s underneath.

We want to make sure that your industrial structures last for years to come. Contact us at Spear Industrial to find out how we can ensure a professional, clean, and precise job for your project.

How to Protect Paint from Extreme Conditions

There’s nothing worse than having a nice paint coat crack, peel, or leak through. Part of what makes a paint coat last has everything to do with durability in extreme conditions such as hail, wind, heat, cold, and water. Here are ways you can protect your paint:

Waterproofing:

Damage occurs when water sits for long periods of time and begins to leak. This can cause corrosion and peeling. Avoid water damage by sealing cracks, using non-porous building materials, and find an efficient water run-off. An elastomeric coating is a sufficient way to waterproof a surface (click here to learn more about elastomeric coating).

Preventing Corrosion:

To prevent corrosion, a protective coating or lining must be applied to the structural substrate. Two-part epoxy coatings adhere to steel, concrete, masonry, cement, drywall, and are protective against water, heat, and chemicals.

Painting in Correct Conditions:

Avoid painting in direct sunlight or in extreme heat. Oil based paints should be applied when temperatures are above 45 degrees fahrenheit. Latex and acrylic paint should be applied in temperatures above 50 degrees fahrenheit. Also, painting in windy conditions should be avoided.
For more information on how Spear Industrial Coatings can help protect paint from extreme conditions, give us a call at 432-606-4093.

Prevent Pipeline Corrosion

Crude oil itself isn’t much of the problem when it comes to pipeline corrosion. Believe it or not, oil has many corrosion inhibiting properties. However, some traces of water, sulfur, and sediment carried in oil can collect over time at the bottom of the pipe, causing problems. Consequently, when moisture touches steel, corrosion begins. As you can see, internal oil pipeline corrosion isn’t a matter of will it happen, so much as when it will happen.

Heat can also be a factor in corroding pipelines. Oil pipelines are kept hot in order to keep oil flowing; however, heat can lead to thinning interior walls.

Fortunately, the exterior of pipelines are much easier to prevent against corrosion. Although, that doesn’t make it any less important to maintain. The exterior part of the pipeline is exposed to the elements which can just as easily beat its effectiveness.

In order to avoid these problems, pipelines should be well insulated and lined with anti-corrosion coatings. For more information on how Spear Industrial can help with your next project, give us a call at 432-606-4093.

Different Types of Corrosion

Corrosion is a natural chemical reaction that can become destructive when it comes to industrial surfaces. Knowing the different types of corrosion and how to prevent it will save your structure from becoming damaged permanently. Here are four different types of corrosion to know about:

  • Microbial Corrosion: Believe it or not, microbial corrosion occurs with the help of oxygen-feeding microorganisms. Biogenic sulfide corrosion is bacteria “eating” sulfur to produce sulfuric acid. Bacterial concentration cells also enhance galvanic corrosion by oxidizing the by-products of the ongoing corrosion process.
  • Rusting: Rusting happens when metal becomes oxidized. This means that oxidants target the iron atoms, which turns them into iron and salt oxides. This is what you visibly see as rust.
  • Galvanic Corrosion: This type of corrosion occurs when two different electrode potential metals come in contact with electrolytes. Galvanic corrosion results from the presence of electrolytes or salt in the water, which interferes with the insulated metal surface and the outer jacket or accessories causing a flow between dissimilar metals.
  • Corrosion in High Temperatures: The oxidation process occurs in high temperatures with help from sulfur and oxygen that attacks metal surfaces.

Corrosion resistant coatings combat the electrochemical process of corrosion, preventing steel and other substrates from corroding easily. For more information on how Spear Industrial Coatings can help prevent corrosion on your structure, give us a call at 432-606-4093.

Coming Soon: 730-Mile Permian-to-Corpus Pipeline

On March 1st, 2017, TexStar Midstream Logistics partnered with Castleton Commodities International and Ironwood Midstream Energy Partners to build a 730-mile pipeline. “TexStar and its partners are excited to extend our business into the Permian Basin where we see tremendous opportunity and continued growth. TexStar has a proven track record of building crude oil pipelines in emerging areas and looks forward to expanding upon its relationships with producers to make the project a success,” says Phil Mezey, CEO of TexStar’s general partner.

This pipeline will extend from the Delaware and Midland basins all the way to Corpus Christi and will be able to deliver up to 440,000 barrels of crude and condensate oil. It will have access points from Orla, Pecos, Crane, and Midland. Operations begin 2019.