Surface Treatment 101


What are smart coatings?

In the last decade, the industrial coating sector has witnessed a major development of paint products geared towards sustainability and increased demand for ever-higher performance as well as more attractive, quality finishes. These high-value, high-tech paints are called “smart coatings”.

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The role of masking in surface treatments

In the industrial surface treatment sector, masking plays an important role in protecting any areas of manufactured products that do not need to be treated. In this article, we look at what masking is, the types of masking products available, and the new technological frontiers in this field.

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The world’s blackest paint: How it works

In the last few years, some ultra matte and ultra flat black paints have been developed that can absorb up to 99% of light. This particular property does not only create unprecedented aesthetics, but it also opens the way to truly unique applications. Let us see what the world’s blackest paint is and what sectors it can be used in.

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How the Louvre Abu Dhabi is coated

The Louvre Abu Dhabi attracts millions of visitors every year. Located on Sa'diyyat Island, its building is considered a unique piece of architecture. This article explores how the Abu Dhabi museum of art and civilisation was built and painted.

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How to paint a space rover

In this article, we take a closer look at the characteristics of paints for space applications and at how they are applied, taking as an example the paintwork of Perseverance, the space rover of NASA's Mars 2020 mission.

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Cathodic protection: what is it, how does it work, where is it applied, and what are its benefits?

One of the most popular methods to ensure corrosion protection of difficult-to-reach assets, such as underground or submerged pipelines, is cathodic protection. Developed in the first half of the 19th century to protect the metal hulls of warships, it is now widely used not only on large structures but also on the inside of water heaters or boilers for private use. Let us take a detailed look at its main features and applications.

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Anti-graffiti paints: what are they and how do they work?

Vandalism is a widespread phenomenon in almost all urban settings, where graffiti, writings, and tags often deface building façades, street furniture, and public transport. Anti-graffiti paint is one solution to counteract and discourage them. In this article, we will look at what anti-graffiti coatings are, how they work, and where to apply them.

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How do you paint an aircraft?

Painting an aircraft is a very complex process that requires up to two weeks of work and, sometimes, over one thousand litres of paint. Coatings are certainly important to improve aesthetics, but their main role is actually to protect the aeroplane against corrosion while improving its aerodynamic properties. 

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