Industrial coating, also known as industrial painting in Albuquerque and other places, is primarily recognized for its coating and protective qualities than aesthetics (the inverse is more commonly preferred in residential paints). This is why many companies like JTC, Inc. have dedicated their services to providing commercial and industrial establishments with quality painting material.
Pigment Volume Concentrate
Essentially, one of the main things that people use to evaluate industrial paints is what’s known as pigment volume concentrate, which is essentially the ratio of pigment volume versus the amount of solids within the mixture. For most applications, a ratio of 45 is already more than sufficient, while anything lower will produce less glossy and poorly uniformed color paint.
Next is the binders, which are chemicals or reactants that serve to actually make the paint stick to the surface it’s used on. Binder quality could potentially affect things like stain resistance, adhesion, and even durability of the application. Special types of binders even serve other functions like reducing sunlight and moisture damage.
An article from Facilitiesnet.com also mentions that the liquid material within the paint itself affects its overall quality:
“Liquids carry the pigment and the binders. In most paints, the pigment and binder solids account for between 25 and 50 percent of the total volume of the paint. The majority of the remainder of the paint’s volume is the liquid carrier.”
Aside from these main ingredients, industrial paint also has other components that serve various functions. For instance, modifiers or thickeners will help make the paint easier to apply, while co-solvents serve to add to the hardness of the binder. There are even some additives that increase the paint’s splatter resistance.
The various industrial or commercial coatings from Albuquerque distributors will vary in quality and performance based on each of the factors mentioned above. To evaluate the paint’s quality for yourself before choosing, contact the manufacturer and ask for a list of its ingredients (or the additives at least).
(Source: Evaluating Paint Quality, FacilitiesNet)