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Industrial Painting: Average Service Life for Popular Surface Coatings

The average service life for popular surface coatings in an industrial setting depends on a variety of factors. The surface preparation and application method used will have a great amount of influence on how long the coating lasts. The thickness, composition, and quality of the surface coating product also plays a role, along with the extent of wear and tear and exposure to the elements that the coating endures. Finally, whether or not the area is properly maintained will ultimately affect the longevity of any surface coating. That being said, below are some general estimates of the expected service life of various widely used industrial surface coatings.


Epoxy coating systems are a high-performing group of coating products prized for their reliability and durability, and often used in industrial settings. Epoxy coatings can bond to a variety of surfaces to form a smooth, high performance, impact resistant surface that can withstand many years of heavy wear and tear. Most industrial epoxy coatings have an average service life between 5 to 10 years, though sometimes they can last longer.


Polyurethane coatings are tough, but remain flexible and boast impressive resistance to impact, abrasion, corrosion, chemicals, and weathering processes. This versatile product is another popular choice for industrial buildings. Again, the longevity of this service coat is based on a variety of factors but it can last for roughly 10 to 20 years.


Alkyds are popular durable industrial coatings that can be applied in a variety of industrial environments. These coatings can stand up to different rigors depending upon the ingredients incorporated and whether they are applied as exterior, interior, underground, or underwater coatings. Alkyd coatings generally last from 2 to 10 years or more, dependent upon the various factors described above.


Acrylic coatings are becoming a popular choice for industrial applications. Acrylic coatings are designed to high performance standards, boasting side pigment compatibility and color retention. Waterborne acrylics are also a more environmentally friendly option. Acrylic coatings generally have an average service life of 5 to 15 years, though this number varies based on outside factors.


Intumescent coatings offer an effective and pragmatic solution for fire protection. These cost-effective coatings protect various industrial building elements from the damaging effects of open flames and elevated temperatures. The longevity of intumescent coatings also depends on various factors, but generally it will last as long as the primer adheres to the substrate and is not penetrated or damaged.


There are a variety of surface coating options out there and the professionals at ELCO Painting have the tools and qualifications needed to deliver the right coating for your industrial space. Our dedicated team of pro painting contractors is able to take advantage of the innovative products and advanced tools available to us in order to deliver results that consistently exceed our client’s expectations.

The always courteous, always professional painters at ELCO Painting offer nothing but the best when it comes to coating and painting services for your industrial space. We are always punctual, polite, and friendly. We respect your space and keep our work area tidy throughout the duration of our project. Our commercial painting contractors have been satisfying customers across Rhode Island and Southern New England for over three decades. Let us show you how! Contact our local painters today by filling out our online form, requesting an industrial painting services estimate, or giving us a call at 401-295-2201.

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