Marine coating applications for submerged structures

From ships and yachts to offshore platforms, even the hardiest of structures can suffer corrosion as a result of repeat or constant submission in seawater. This is precisely why we use marine coating applications – such as anti-corrosion paints and polymeric varnish – as affordable, long-lasting solutions.

What are coatings for marine applications?

Marine coatings are a range of specialised coatings (polymeric +paints) used to protect marine structures from the harsh, corrosive effects of salty seawater. They are known as a long-term, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly solution for protecting boats, off-shore platforms, and other marine applications, such as pipelines and structures.

How effective are marine coating applications for submerged structures?

When applied by a specialist, marine coating applications can be extremely effective. The process of applying coatings involves preparing the surface area and ensuring the recommended conditions are met before a suitable marine coating is applied – and these crucial steps must be completed by a specialist who is qualified to do so.

The coating protects the substrate (underlying surface) from deterioration via an electrochemical reaction when it is submerged with seawater.

Types of coatings for marine applications

Specialist contractors working on marine environments are obliged to use environmentally sound solutions – and marine coating applications comply with these strict regulations. The common types of marine coatings and anti-corrosion products available for contractors to use include:

  • Anti-rust and anti-corrosion paint
  • Acrylic & synthetic adhesive tapes
  • Aluminum extrusion and component powder-coating
  • Marine upholstery and fabric with waterproof lining (for boats & ships)
  • Polymeric material and varnish (for structures & pipelines)

Typical qualities of marine coating applications

Along with being anti-corrosive, marine coatings often encapsulate the following qualities:

  1. Abrasion or scratch resistance
  2. Fire & heat resistance
  3. Sealing ability or wettability
  4. Resistance against erosion and cavitation
  5. Improved physical appearance
  6. And more – for more information about the specific marine coating your project requires, we would recommend speaking to a specialist contractor trained in applying marine coatings.

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Marine coating applications in action: Previous Projects

Bristol Ports

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