Paints and coatings provide an essential barrier to protect industrial equipment from corrosive environments and extend their safe operating life. Yet, regardless of whether one is talking about storage tanks, offshore vessels or specialty tools and equipment, forming a robust and reliable barrier is about more than simply applying a coat of paint.
An important part of the process is to provide and maintain the right temperature to allow the paint to cure. In a field situation, low ambient temperatures complicate this process during refurbishment jobs in winter months. (In the northern United States, temperatures may stay well below freezing throughout the process.) In some regions, notably along the U.S. Gulf Coast, high humidity levels in the source air may necessitate the use of dehumidifiers to dry the air prior to heating it and introducing it to the vessel.