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Hoaned in on Coordinated Bridge Recoat

With motorists above, a girder of the then 28-year-old bridge in Milwaukee, Wis., started to crack and sag. Although no injuries occurred, the steel arch bridge was closed immediately and repairs started soon after.

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Clearing up Surface Prep Standards

“Never paint a dirty surface” is something of a mantra in industrial painting circles. Without proper surface preparation, a coating will not adhere properly to the substrate and the system will fail.

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From the Rafters: Insulative Coating for Condensation

They had an issue whereby their manufacturing plant created a lot of moisture as part of the process itself, and they have a condensation issue in that the moisture in the air would hit the cold steel above, condense, and then droplets of condensed water — mixed with whatever yuck happened to be on the ceiling — would drip down on their manufacturing process.

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Nerves of Steel: Coating New Tanks for Saltwater Disposal Facility

As any oil man or woman knows, when you are creating oil and gas in an oil field, there are several byproducts that need to be dealt with. One of them is salt water. Oil companies usually get rid of salt water by injecting it into wells, rocks, or other natural formations. But first the fluid has to go through a disposal facility. There, tanks collect the salt water and other oil and gas wastes. As long as the well is producing oil, salt will be created and require disposal.

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Pipe Dreams: Round the Clock Work to Recoat Pipe

Some jobs only require a week or two of work. Others mandate shifts that span 24 hours a day, seven days a week and take three years to finish. This was the second kind of job. It started when The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District decided to recoat an irrigation pipe that ran along a canal. The goal was to extend its life by up to 30 years.

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On the Dock of the Bay: Coating Yacht Club Pilings

The marine environment is one of the harshest environments for galvanized steel. The constant exposure to salt water and the moist marine air are often too much for the galvanized steel pilings of the docks of marinas and harbors.

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Cold Brew: Recoating the Interior of a Post-Fermentation Tank

Everyone knows Colorado winters can be brutally cold. And no one knows this better than the Utility Maintenance Contractors (UMC) crew that was tasked with repairing, prepping, and coating the interior of a 14,000-square-foot (1,300.6 m²) bolted steel tank at a well-known brewery that wishes to remain unnamed.

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Getting Your Kicks: Coating a Bridge on Historic Route 66

Before Pappas started the job, he scoped out the scene and found that the bridge was in very bad shape. It was so rusted that the steel had become compromised. “It had very deteriorated steel; we had to replace and strengthen and stiffen the steel after we blasted it,” he said.

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Recoat Brings Brewery Tanks "Bock" to Speed

When neutralization tanks at a German beer production facility were found to have extensive internal corrosion damage, there were two options: replace the tanks or rehabilitate and recoat the inside of them.