Corrosion is a multi-billion dollar problem on marine vessels. A well-prepared surface is free of soluble materials that could cause surface coatings to fail prematurely and reduce a vessel’s lifespan. Protective coatings on a marine vessel protect its substrate from water, rust, acids, temperature extremes and other elements that could cause corrosion and degradation.
When you protect a vessel’s surface during the cleaning and preparation stages using MontiPower’s solutions, you are better able to ensure the protective coating’s successful bonding process. The coating will last longer and reduce the vessel’s maintenance costs. When conditions are too humid, dry, cold or warm, a vessel’s surface is vulnerable to rust and recontamination.
Compared to abrasive blasting, Bristle Blasting is not extremely labour intensive and hazardous. During normal abrasive blasting workers do not only spend long periods of time handling forces of 100N and above, but also need to take precautions to avoid exposure to the dust containing hazardous chemicals. Furthermore, abrasive blasting methods also create environment problems. For example, the blasting turns the toxic coating into a fine, airborne dust which workers may inhale and which will pollute the surrounding environment.
With the full extent of the toxicity and long-term health damage caused by lead/asbestos, or chromate 6 containing coating, the public maintenance operations must be completely enclosed in order to avoid contaminating the environment and to avoid potential risks to the general public’s health. Thus, the choice for MontiPower®’s solutions including battery-driven dust-control will aid with a significant health, safety and economic impact. Even when you are building a new vessel, surface preparation is essential to the craft’s performance and its crew’s wellbeing in relation to coating.