Protective coatings in the mining industry

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 72, No. 803, 1979

L D. ECCLESTON, Product Technical Manager, Marine/Protective Coatings, International Paints (Canada) Limited, Montreal, Quebec

Any man-made structure will eventually decay, but we are basically concerned with the prevention of corrosion within a fairly limited time span. How corrosion can be minimized by design, the removal of oxides and a careful choice of paint systems is discussed, and mention is made of the electrical nature of most anticorrosive systems. Also discussed are the characteristics of certain paint binders and how mechanical properties will differ for various environments. Corrosion of a substrate by acidic breakdown products of some paints is mentioned in conjunction with a discussion on convenience versus ultimate performance. A brief mention is made of the three main components of a paint system, and the principal types of paint are placed in broad categories, with the main strength and weaknesses of each type listed.
Keywords: Coatings, Protective coatings, Maintenance, Corrosion, Paints, Steelwork, Primers, Alkyds, Urethanes, Silicates, Epoxy resins, Polymers.