Can a Painting Company Get Rid of Rust?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Can a Painting Company Get Rid of Rust?

Can a painting company get rid of rust? It's a good question, and the answer is two-fold: yes and no. You can slow it down, but you can never expect a single paint job to prevent oxidation forever. The best thing you can do is depend on great facility managers, maintenance programs, and paint companies to keep rust out of your facilities. So, here are some things that professional painting contractors can do to hold rust at bay.  

Remove the Rust

The first thing to do—after assessing the extent of the rust—is to remove it. This can be done in a variety of ways. Sandblasting is a great way of going about it, but sponge media, glass media, and pressure washing also work well. Additionally, rust can be ground off with grinders. 

Fresh Coating

After removing the rust, the next best thing to do is to apply a rust-inhibitive primer. Following that, a fresh coating of paint can be applied. Paint, of course, stops the oxidation process, which turns steel into rust. Eventually the paint will break down, so to prevent the oxidation process from starting anew, the best thing to do is to make sure a commercial, industrial, or residential structure always has a fresh paint job. 

For any other questions relating to rust, please get in contact with us. 

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