Polyurea Coating Solutions
A polyurea coating is an extremely effective barrier against oil, grease, saltwater and other contaminants. The polyurea coating is created by electrochemical reactions between polyurea molecules and a hard wearing metal. The Company has been formed in order to breed, produce and sell specialized manufacturing equipment and other products using polyurea based polymers and coatings. However, the inability to understand the complicated formulations and chemistry of polyurea based coatings has hindered many polyurea companies from converting themselves to polyurea coating applications. The polyurea coating is not only highly resistant to grease, oil and salt water; it has the ability to resist most synthetic lubricants, solvents and other contaminants.
One of the biggest issues faced by most wastewater infrastructure operators and other commercial users around the world is the contamination of treated wastewaters with industrial polyurea, commonly referred to as POU. The primary reason for this contamination is the general lack of understanding of the physical makeup and function of polyurea based coatings such as POU. The primary contaminant in treated wastewaters is POU itself, which is made up of highly viscous and oily POU molecules attached to millions of smaller pores. Once these pores come into contact with an oil or grease discharge, solvents can then bind with the POU and release toxic gases and contaminants into the discharged untreated water.
Polyurea coatings have several advantages over their traditional petroleum based counterpart. For one, polyurea provides a more robust seal to any given application. These sealants provide superior watertight functionality and environmental compliance. Some of the common polyurea coating solutions include crack bridging, anti-static protection, anti-microbial protection, thermal protection, odor control, and stain resistance.
The cost effectiveness of polyurea coatings also contributes to their ever increasing demand. With a low production cost and an anticipated life of up to 50 years, new product development and implementation is easily able to meet growing business requirements. In fact, the wide variety of polyurea coating options available today can help meet even the toughest wastewater challenges.
Polyurea coating solutions can be applied to virtually any surface in water systems – from large facilities to small operations. These solutions are used to protect concrete coverings such as pavement, concrete slabs, and large fixtures. Another popular application of polyurea protective coatings is for cosmetic coating on steel and other metal structures. Polyurea coating is also an effective option for controlling the growth of algae in water systems. This includes controlling the growth of microorganisms through physical means such as changing the water flow, cleaning and filtering of wastewater, or introducing chemicals such as nitrates into the water. In addition, polyurea coating is an excellent choice for controlling the color and texture of concrete.
The polyurea coating industry has come a long way since its inception. Today, polyurea solutions are readily available in two basic types: amine-terminated and thermoplastic. Amine-terminated polyurea is composed of an amine-cement mixture that forms a semi-solid polymer upon dipping the bonding agent into an appropriate base material, while thermoplastic polyurea is composed of a thermoplastic elastomeric layer with a molecular weight that is sufficiently similar to the weight of amine. Both types of polyurea coating can provide a smooth, waterproof, anti-corrosive finish on any type of surface.