PPC Explains: Types of Coatings

Penington Painting has a passion for both paint and sharing knowledge. As experts in the painting industry, Penington knows a thing or two about coatings. The world of coatings is vast, and few know exactly what make up such a category. Below are just a few of the different, many types of coatings often used in the painting industry.

type of coating on a bridgeCoatings consist of paint, sealants, and/or other outside layers applied to a material or product. Coatings, in a general sense, can be broken down into two main groups: industrial and special purpose coatings. Put simply, industrial coatings are any surface that is applied when a product is manufactured, whereas special purpose coatings are generally applied to the product or material on the field or post-manufacturing. Special purpose coatings are used in a wide variety of ways including:

  1. Industrial Maintenance (waterproofing, sealants, epoxy, etc.)
  2. Traffic Marking (paint on roads, airports, and parking lots).
  3. Architectural finishing (coatings or paints used on buildings to increase cosmetic appeal or building to serve maintenance purpose).
  4. Automotive (refinishing coatings on vehicles).
  5. Marine (paints and coatings on marine products).

Coating Materials

Coatings are mostly made out of ores, clay, crude oil, natural gas, seeds, and beans. They can be comprised of both organic and inorganic materials. In fact, most coatings can be placed into three different categories: metallic (galvanized steel), organic (polyester, polyurethane), and inorganic (zinc, porcelain, ceramic).

As you can see, coatings and paints are used for such a wide variety of purposes and reasons, we could write a whole series on them! If your building is in need of a fresh paint job or another type of coating, give Penington Painting a call. With our vast knowledge and depth of experience in the coating industry, we’re able to properly assess which varnish is right for the job.

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