Sherwin-Williams Create Glass Flake Epoxy Systems With Long Term Protection Benefits
Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings, the specialist industrial coatings supplier that was formerly Leighs Paints, has pioneered the use of a new glass flake epoxy based paint technology in the bridges and highways industry. Originally developed to protect offshore structures from the severe marine environment in North Sea oil and gas applications, the system eliminates the requirements for ongoing maintenance to significantly reduce environmental impact, save on repair costs and extend asset life, offering up to 25 years’ protection.
The three coat preventative maintenance coating system provides excellent adhesion and anti-corrosion properties and acts as a powerful barrier against harsh weather conditions. The technology – first used to famously complete the painting of the Forth Rail Bridge in 2011 – has put glass flake epoxy based systems at the forefront of bridge painting. Sherwin- Williams’ glass flake epoxy coatings now feature of a number of other large bridge and highway projects, including 47 bridges across the M6 toll road, the Tay Rail Bridge and the Royal Albert Bridge.
Using glass flake technology to provide a thicker dry film in a single coat, the coatings system can be modified to meet the requirements of the customer in terms of cost effectiveness, application and finish. The selected paints typically consist of a higher build blast primer, an epoxy glass flake build coat and an acrylic urethane finish, as well as a stripe coat of epoxy glass flake.
“Frequently subject to harsh environments, including high winds and sea mists, the ongoing maintenance of bridges carries significant costs and environmental implications,” explains Nick Ball, marketing director EMEA at Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings. “By transferring our innovative coatings technologies across markets, we have reduced the need for service and maintenance and extended asset life within the bridge and highways sector. This delivers a number of benefits to customers in terms of labour costs, energy usage and volumes of paint required. In addition, the higher volume solids used in the coatings system mean that fewer volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted into the atmosphere.”
Based in Bolton, UK, Leighs Paints was acquired by The Sherwin-Williams Company in July 2011. With European sales and technical support centres including sites in the UK, Germany and UAE, Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings currently distributes products across 47 countries worldwide.
Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings. The Sherwin-Williams Company was founded in 1866 in Cleveland, Ohio by Henry Sherwin and Edward Williams. Today, the company is a global leader in the development, manufacture and sale of coatings and industrial related products with approximately 33,000 employees and business in 116 countries. With annual sales of more than $9 billion, Sherwin-Williams is the third largest coatings company in the world and the largest coatings manufacturer in the United States. (NYSE: SHW)
In 2011, Sherwin-Williams acquired Leighs Paints. Based in Bolton, UK, the company now trades as Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings and has sales and technical support centres in Germany and UAE. Whether providing passive fire protection from the world class FIRETEX® range, or high performance anti-corrosive coatings solutions, Sherwin-Williams is committed to developing and delivering innovative protective and marine coatings, unparalleled service and expert specification support to its customers.
For more information on Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings, visit http://sherwin- williams.com/protectiveEMEA