What You Need to Know About Tank Farm Painting

Storage tanks, silos and bins are used for a wide variety of purposes and applications. The investment that goes into purchasing and installing these storage systems can be significant, so it’s important you do everything you can to protect that investment.

As it should be a top goal for you to keep those storage tanks in good condition for as long as possible, it is important for you to give them a high-quality paint job and to stay on top of all necessary maintenance tasks. The process of tank farm painting in Utah isn’t quite the same as painting other types of surfaces, and not every painting contractor is going to be capable of taking on this kind of job—you’ll need to work with a team of professionals who have experience in painting storage tanks, and in working in industrial or agricultural settings.

Here’s a quick overview of what you should know about tank farm painting when selecting a painting and maintenance contractor to work with to keep your tanks in great condition for years to come.

How you can make your storage tanks last

For the paint on a storage tank to be able to last you long into the future, there are several factors you’ll need to take into consideration.

First, there needs to be proper surface preparation. The contractors must remove any rust on the surface, scrape additional debris off the surface, power wash it to ensure it is clean and/or sandblast the surface to make sure it is abraded and ready to accept the finish. Sandblasting is a type of abrasive blasting that is used to roughen out smooth surfaces, or smooth out surfaces that are particularly rough. The idea is to score the surface so it becomes easier for the paint to adhere properly. Without proper surface preparation, it becomes more likely you’ll have issues with adherence of the paint, which means it could flake or peel off within a short time after the job is complete.

Second, you’ll need to make sure you use the correct product. There are a wide variety of paint types you can use for these purposes. Whichever one you choose must be capable of withstanding long-term exposure to the elements, including constant exposure to sunlight and potential exposure to some pretty harsh weather conditions.

Finally, the application of the paint must be performed correctly. This is why it’s so important to work with professionals—experienced contractors will understand the best techniques and methods of application to ensure you get the best possible paint performance on your storage tank. Without that training or experience, you could end up with a lackluster job that you’ll need to redo much sooner than you should have to.

If you’re interested in learning more about tank farm painting in Utah and why you should make the investment in working with a skilled professional for the job, we encourage you to contact the team at Great Western Painting today with your questions. We look forward to working with you!

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