Blistering is a common failure in marine coatings that can be caused by both physical, such as osmotic pressure and temperature gradients, and electrochemical forces like cathodic or anodic polarization. This paper/presentation will start by discussing the various mechanisms that lead to coating blistering, how blisters form, and how to prevent them.
Mineral abrasives such as glass bead and aluminum oxide have been traditionally used in the surface finishing industry. The general perception is that they offer acceptable cleaning at a low operating cost. Often dismissed is the potential of metallic alternatives that though seemingly higher in initial procurement cost, offer several differentiating advantages in terms of recyclability, consistency of finish, repeatable results and ultimately resulting in overall, reduced operating costs.
Traditional zinc rich primers are the primer of choice during new construction of assets placed offshore for oil & gas production. However, during maintenance, zinc rich primers are not used because of difficulties of having good surface preparation and controlling applied dft to prevent cracking. This paper will examine the performance of new, activated zinc rich epoxy primers compared to conventional zinc rich epoxy primers on steel prepared to different surface profiles using standard techniques of today.