The Importance of Scaffold Painting to Avoid Corrosion

March 22, 2017


Scaffold hire outlets don't paint their wares to make them look good. It's not a cosmetic procedure. Granted, the paint covers any blemishes and rough patches, so the final product looks like new. Still, scaffold painting serves an important purpose, not some fancy that's rooted in superficial reasoning. The paint acts as a barrier, a means of preventing equipment corrosion.

Standing the Test of Time

Relentless environmental factors hammer at our finest buildings. Fortunately, strong concrete, brick, and heat treated alloys weather the storm. These materials don't age. They perhaps change colour as the years go by, but their fundamental mechanical properties never wane. Admittedly, a temporary scaffolding framework won't ever encounter this kind of sustained environmental attack, but the metal parts will experience ageing, no matter how short the exposure period. Additionally, that metal-corroding influence is unpredictable. We need to paint scaffolding parts. We need to eliminate this unpredictability factor and imbue the structure with predictable strength.

A Weathering Barrier

The typical structures mentioned a short time ago do stand the test of time. But do these concrete walls and steel panels have workers crawling over them all day long? Do they, in fact, use thin segments of load bearing metal? We think not, at least not as much as a professionally erected work frame. This frame is carted around from site-to-site. The parts lay in muddy puddles, then they're picked up, slammed together, and finally erected on exposed ground. When properly painted, the equipment gains a shell-like finish, a coating that prohibits the consequences of water-on-metal contact. Parts oxidisation is stopped in its tracks, and the equipment cannot corrode.

Structurally Important

Temporary erections are stable structures, yet they only use minimal geometrical configurations to achieve this top-notch engineering feat. This is, in effect, a load distribution construct, with its many platforms supporting the lives of workers while they go about their busy tasks. Corrosion cannot be allowed to spread here, for this metal oxidising influence weakens the structure. In much the same way a weak link in a chain will corrupt that chain; that weak point on the metal frame could cause a catastrophe, a parts deteriorating event that jeopardises the lives of those working on the scaffolding.

The importance of scaffold painting correlates directly with a corrosion avoidance strategy. Use the paint as a barrier. Consider powder coating and dip tanks as an equitable solution here, but do always remember to pretreat the parts, perhaps by shot blasting the fittings so that all layers of grimy film are removed prior to the application of the paint.

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