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JAN 2018

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COATINGSPRO JANUARY 2018 89 and stripe coated with what would be the topcoat: Interfine 1080. e crew applied the stripe coat with 3-inch (7.6 cm) rollers and again sprayed the acrylic polysiloxane topcoat; this layer was applied at an average of 7 mils (177.8 microns). e crew wore Ty vek suits, paint socks, safety glasses, and rubber gloves while painting. W hen working from heights, whether inside or outside the tank, they wore harnesses and lanyards from Web Devices attached to a rope grab. According to Winter, coating the shell was the priority. e roof of the tank was "easy" — it needed only a layer of the topcoat for protection. With that, the tank was left with a new facelift in Austin's preferred color of Gossner white. On this project, Blastco had a choice of a few different coating systems, but they went with International. "e field likes it," Winter explained. And what the field likes, the field gets! Water Woes Working in the summer months meant working in the city's high demand for water. Average annual rainfall for Austin is 34¼ inches (87.0 cm), and May through September bring average highs between the upper 80s and mid 90s (30.0‒35.6 °C). "But I guess the city of Austin has enough capacity where they're not worried about that. A lot of cities take them out in the winter because of the demand in certain parts of the country," Winter said. It makes sense then that water wasn't just a concern for the city of Austin on this project. One of the main lessons Winter has learned over the years has been to keep the crew hydrated above all else. On this and every other steel tank project, Winter was sure to enforce an hourly water break for his team. "Hydration is very important," he said. "It gets hot in there," he continued. "ey're no good to you at all if they're sick. I'd rather go slow and do it right and have them hydrated." To stick to the mandatory breaks throughout the day, Blastco gives the "ground guy" monitoring the paint pumps another job. "He keeps an eye on everything," Winter said. "He can just pull a lever, and you can't paint anymore. Once the paint is cut off, it's cut off, so they know to do something." According to Winter, that something is generally a break for water. e crew also plans for the heat by shifting the start time. Blast days started around 3 a.m. to get ahead of the Texas heat, while paint days were generally completed at night. But despite the temperatures and work order delays, the Blastco crew finished the project without incident in about six months. It was a big V indeed! CP Despite delays with having welders add the exterior panels and stops throughout the job to avoid heat exhaustion, the Blastco crew got all prep work, coatings, and linings done. Maintenance achieved! Steel Tank Coatings VENDOR TEAM ARS Recycling Systems LLC Equipment manufacturer 4000 McCartney Rd. Lowellville, OH 44436 (330) 536-8210 BETCO Scaffolds Equipment manufacturer 1617 Enid St. Houston, TX 77009 (800) 847-5722 Bullard Safety equipment manufacturer 1898 Safety Way Cynthiana, KY 41031 (877) 285-5273 DeFelsko Corporation Equipment manufacturer 800 Proctor Ave. Ogdensburg, NY 13669 (800) 448-3835 Dehumidification Technologies Equipment manufacturer 6609 Ave. U Houston, TX 77011 (866) 736-8348 Eagle Industries Material manufacturer 5531 River Rd. New Orleans, LA 70123 (800) 266-8246 Ervin Industries Material manufacturer 3893 Research Park Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48108 (734) 769-4600 Graco Inc. Equipment manufacturer 88 11th Ave. NE Minneapolis, MN 55413 (612) 623-6000 International Paint Coating manufacturer 525 West Van Buren Chicago, IL 60607 (312) 544-7000 Tyvek by DuPont Protective Solutions Safety equipment manufacturer 5401 Jefferson Davis Hwy. Richmond, VA 23234 (800) 441-7515 Web Devices Safety equipment manufacturer 9201 Winkler Dr. Houston, TX 77017 (800) 262-4891

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