Polyurea: The Coating For Every Industry
Polyurea applications combine extraordinary technology with a wide range of uses that are only limited by your imagination. Even though the below list is extensive, it doesn’t include everything. Polyurea is a truly amazing coating that can be used in an endless amount of industries. Some of the major reasons Polyurea is leading the pack consist of the following facts.
- Polyurea is used by contractors, engineers, specifiers, and architects in many markets around the world.
- Polyurea lasts longer than paint. Polyurea lasts longer between maintenance cycles.
- Polyurea is the best option when it comes to cost/performance and operation.
Here is a list of some of the major industries Polyurea is currently being used in:
Polyurea linings have been a huge benefit to aquariums. This system is highly desirable because it can form custom-shaped walls and ornaments. Polyurea is a water-resistant, spray-applied liner that can be installed quickly and has a rapid return-to-service installation.
Polyurea can be used in both architectural design and theme park applications. Polyurea can be used to cover the foam, EPS, and other structures in order to create ornamental buildings fascia, characters, artificial rocks and pools, and other environments. Polyurea is also used by set designers and stage designers in theater productions.
Automotive Fascia OEM Molded Parts
Polyurea can either be injected into molds by open-pouring, spraying, or reacting with them. Automotive fascia parts made from polyurea RIM are becoming more common. Spray-in-mold is also becoming more popular for replacing parts made of fiberglass. Water park chutes, plaques and automotive aftermarket spoilers, architectural decorative molding and many more.
These systems are used by state DOTs across the country to coat bridge decks and structures. Polyurea coatings are most commonly used on bridges over concrete and steel.
Flooring and Parking Decks
Polyurea flooring is well-known for its quick installation. Polyurea flooring systems also offer other benefits. Polyureas are extremely durable and can be used in high-traffic areas. They can be used in dirty or clean rooms as a protective coating and waterproofing for daily pressure cleaning operations. Some polyureas are flexible and resilient so that they can protect any objects that might fall on them.
Fuel Storage & Containment
Polyurea can withstand many chemicals and fuels. Polyurea is used in fuel pits and pipeline secondary containment applications. Polyurea can be damaged by some chemicals. Make sure to perform all necessary compatibility testing and preparation.
Joint Fill / Caulk
Polyurea can be used as a joint filler, sealant and caulking material. It is weather-tight, flexible, weather-tight, and traffic-resistant and can be used to seal all types of building joints such as control joints in masonry floors and expansion joints, panel and door joints, water reservoirs and perimeter joints. It also has excellent crack-bridging capabilities with high elongation, tensile strength, and other properties. Its quick cure time and insensitivity towards moisture allow for faster installation and a larger application window. It is essential to prepare the substrate properly.
Landscape & Water Containment
Polyurea has similar benefits for contractors and landscape designers. Polyurea is used to hold water in ponds or pool decorations. It also forms a primary containment layer. When applying polyurea to dirt, geo-textile materials are common. When applying polyurea over concrete or other substrates, it is important to maintain a good surface condition.
Polyurea is great for pavement marking and line striping. It is fast (nearly instantaneously) cures. It often returns traffic- and pedestrian-use areas back to normal within a matter of minutes, depending on how it was applied.
Manhole & Sewer Linings
The market for polyurea manhole linings is growing rapidly. Polyurea is fast and easy to install, making it a popular choice for many groundwater problems. Numerous municipal and private water systems need lining and structural repairs. Primers and Polyurea can be applied quickly if the substrate is prepared properly. This makes it possible to return the cavity to service much faster than other systems. The cavity is protected from sediment by the polyurea’s monolithic and durable lining. It also blocks groundwater infiltration into municipal water systems.
Polyurea is very effective at protecting steel, aluminum and fiberglass above and below the waterline. It can also be used in commercial and watersport marine applications. Polyureas are excellent in many marine applications that resist corrosion, chemical, and impact, including sound attenuation of fishing canoes and fish hold liners.
Pipe / Pipeline Coatings & Linings
To protect against corrosion, steel/metal pipes are increasingly using polyurea. Polyurea technology is superior to paint in almost every way. Facility owners can enjoy lower maintenance costs and reduced services. Polyurea is an excellent protective coating system for pipes insulated with polyurethane. For infrastructure rehabilitation projects, many projects use polyurea as a liner for the pipes inside their water and sewer pipes.
Railcar Lining & Track Containment
Polyurea is used in liquid containment railcars for its chemical resistance and waterproofing benefits. Polyurea’s strength and resistance to abrasion are key features of hopper-style rail cars. These cars are often loaded with coal, sand and other abrasive material. If properly applied, polyurea will work quickly and last longer than other systems.
Polyurea coatings are a great protective cover for polyurethane foam roofs. Polyureas are sometimes formulated to meet certain performance requirements. Systems that have the Cool Roof ENERGY STAR(r), rating for color or reflectivity, are known as Cool Roof. These reflective coatings are able to reduce the energy used for cooling and heating in buildings. Because of its quick cure time and insensitivity towards moisture, it is possible to install the coating faster with a larger application window. It is essential to prepare the substrate properly.
With the introduction of low-output spray guns, Polyureas are being used in spraying mold processes. Polyureas are very quick to react and can be mixed in a meter and then dispensed via multiple component equipment. These materials can be dried to the touch in a matter of seconds, which dramatically reduces de-molding times. The system formulator can alter the physical properties of these materials to meet your application needs.
Polyurea coatings protect steel tanks against corrosion and chemicals. Polyurea can be applied quickly and effectively if you have the right surface preparation, substrate conditions, formulation choices, primers, and proper installation procedures. Polyureas can be used to extend the life of older tanks, and they have limited structural properties. Polyurea is sometimes used in primary construction by some tank manufacturers. Tank owners often ask contractors to apply the polyurea in retrofit environments. Polyurea is ideal for retrofit because it has a rapid cure time and minimizes downtime.
Polyurea linings resist many chemicals and industrial fluids. Polyureas are great for primary lining new storage tanks and rehabilitation projects due to their ease of application and ability to stick to well-prepared substrates.
Theme Park & Decorative Design
Polyurea is often used in theme parks to protect foam, EPS, and other structures. It creates ornamental building fascias, characters, artificial rocks and pools, and also serves as a protective layer.
Truck Bed Liners
Polyurea truck bedliners are durable, water-tight, and air-tight liners that can be used on the exterior of pickup trucks, dump trucks, and steel containers. These liners are durable, easy to clean, and resistant to abrasion. They protect utility trucks from harsh environments. They protect containers and trucks from rust and corrosion. To meet specific requirements, installers can apply a variety of thicknesses. Spray-on truck bed liners are available in many colors. They wrap around the top edge and provide additional protection against impact and abrasion.
Wastewater Treatment Linings
Concrete primary and second containment linings are quick-cure, chemical and abrasion-resistant, and can be applied to concrete. Polyurea is superior to traditional wastewater treatment plant coatings. It is easy to use and quickly cures. Some formulations can withstand the UV light that is used to kill bacteria.
Water Parks & Playgrounds
Polyureas are used in many different applications within the amusement and theme-park industry. They are used to make moldable slides, concrete stadium seats, tanks linings, water containment and aquariums, as well as protecting seats from wet/dry rides. Because of its quick cure time and low maintenance requirements, polyurea is quickly becoming a popular replacement for paint and fiberglass.