Procedures Page for Industrial Coatings Projects
A Bucci estimate is much more than a price written on a piece of paper. Our estimates are an opportunity for our customers to learn about and become more comfortable with us before we come to paint your project. The estimates are an opportunity to learn about why your structure may be experiencing certain coating failures, and to hear about the best solutions to prevent these failures in the future. We'll walk around the structure together to make sure we are all on the same page and we understand exactly what you are looking for. We can also review and utilize schematics/takeoffs for new or confined structures. Traditional Safety colors are available and recommendations for color coding can be made. In most cases custom colors can be made to match existing facility color schemes and conventions. We will leave you with a very detailed written estimate, project duration and timeline. We commonly schedule projects for “shut downs” and do our best to minimize impact on facility production schedules.
The key to a good long lasting paint job lies in the prep. The surface to be coated has to be clean, dull, and dry. Prep work can be very time consuming and can take much more energy than applying a finish coat. Without the right prep, a paint job will likely fail within the first 12 to 18 months and sometimes even days. Coating failures due to poor prep work is much more costly than extra time put in up-front during initial prep stage. SSPC and NACE standards are followed when preparing surfaces.
Prep work includes:
-Pressure washing/steam cleaning a substrate to remove chalking, dirt, salts, grease often with degreaser,
-Acid washings to etch and open substrate to accept new coatings
-Abrading or scarifying substrate surface to remove rust and coatings (loose or firmly adhered)
-Sandblasting (media blasting) substrate to remove coatings/rust from surface as well as to gain a profile.
-Tarping can often be a significant piece of prep stage needed to contain media during blast work.
-Use of penetrating primers to work through marginally prepared surfaces to assure sealing and adhesion.
-Use of primers and intermediate coats to assure proper adhesion, prevent rust and to bond to finish coat.
-Striping by hand of welds.
THE FINISH COAT
The finish coat may be a self priming coating or a direct to metal/concrete coating that can act like a primer and a finish coat. Finish coats often have more color options and can provide additional UV protections to keep other coatings from breaking down. Topcoats also often give additional chemical resistance and have better gloss retention. It’s the point on a job where you get to see the results of your imagination and choice of colors come to life. After the prep work is complete the finish coat can be applied with confidence. Not only will it make the project look great, but it protects what is likely a very large investment.
KEEPING IT CLEAN AND SAFE
Painting/coating and beautifying a structure is not just about how much paint we put on the structure, but how little we get on everything else. We use drop cloths and take containment measures everywhere we work to catch chips, rust, media, debris and any drips. Our equipment is collected, cleaned and organized at the end of each day and ladders are taken off walls. Not only does the working site look better, but it is safer for those that may come through the site after hours or from other crews. We also remove any trash (including empty coating containers) made during the job. Upon completion of the job, the jobsite will be neat and clean just as when the job started.
OSHA Regulations as well as Facility Specific Regulations are followed closely at all times. These include aerial lift use, harnessing and tie offs, confined space entry, tag-in/tag-out procedures, Safe/Hot/Confined work permit procedures, and many others.
A note for the environmentally conscious: The products we use are made up of an array of different compounds and can be dangerous if not handled, applied or disposed of properly. New York has some of the most stringent VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) Laws in country which we follow closely. These laws prevent the sale and use of many dangerous coatings available in other parts of the country. Only cured coatings are disposed of.
There are many different brands of paint products out there. Ultimately, we will use the products that a customer chooses, but we do prefer and recommend certain brands and types depending on the job at hand. Paints and coatings we commonly use are made by Carboline, Sherwin-Williams, and PPG. Sherwin-Williams has been making coatings for over 135 years, Carboline specializes solely in industrial coatings for over 60 years, and PPG is one of largest coatings companies in the world. We feel that if a customer is going to pay for a top quality paint job, why skimp on paint.
At the end of each day, the Site Manager on your job will walk around the entire project with you to answer or respond to any questions or concerns you may have as they arise rather than at the end of the job. This assures quality from the start and that we meet your expectations. Throughout prep and coating applications profiles, temperatures, humidity levels, wet and dry mil thickness are measured to assure proper applications and ideal application environments.