Coatings have many uses in industrial situations.
They are used for corrosion control, chemical
resistance, heat resistance, temperature control,
identification, decoration, camouflage, fire
retardation, noise control, anti-fouling protection,
and many other reasons.

Lloyd M. Smith, Ph.D.

Vice President

Corrosion Control Consultants and Labs

Herndon, Virginia, USA

Coatings have many uses in industrial situations.
They are used for corrosion control, chemical
resistance, heat resistance, temperature control,
identification, decoration, camouflage, fire
retardation, noise control, anti-fouling protection,
and many other reasons.

Corrosion protection is one of the primary uses
of coatings in industrial applications. Corrosion
is the destruction of material by chemical or
electrochemical reaction on exposure to the
environment. All materials, including metals,
concretes, and plastics, will eventually corrode.
However, coatings are a cost-effective method of
controlling corrosion. Alternatives include the
use of alloys or composite materials that may be
more corrosionresistant but not as cost-effective.

This book is organized by generic types of
industrial protective coatings rather than by enduses.
Different generic types of coatings may be
used for the same application. Alternatively, a
generic coating type may have many end-use
applications. The user or specifier must
determine the most appropriate or cost-effective
coating system for particular structures and
exposure environments, and weigh the
advantages and disadvantages of each type of
paint or coating.