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Sherwin-Williams rolls out cutting-edge maintenance, repair coating

RIYADH, February 27, 2024

Sherwin-Williams, a leading global manufacturer of paint and coatings, has launched its latest cutting-edge maintenance and repair product - Repacor SW-1000 - a revolutionary volume solids coating designed for safe, quick, and cost-effective maintenance or repair of steel structures.
 
Repacor SW-100 is the result of a three-year research project to develop a coating solution that would simplify maintenance and repair work on offshore wind steel structures, said a top official.
 
"This innovative new product has been developed with the safety of the applicator at the top of mind, as potentially dangerous high-level rope access coating applications can be made easier," stated Claus Ackfeld, product manager at Sherwin-Williams. 
 
"Compared to the 2-3 layers needed with traditional technologies, it requires only a single layer coating, dispensed easily using a simple application gun, without the need for mixing," added Ackfeld.
 
Traditional coating systems require multiple coats of anticorrosive coatings and durable topcoats, whereas Repacor SW-1000 has all these properties built into a single coat of 500-micron dry film thickness. 
 
Ackfeld said despite the single coat, it is expected to mimic the original performance of offshore wind structure coating systems, which are typically applied in paint shops under controlled conditions.
 
Repacor SW-1000 also boasts a cure time that is around four hours faster than alternative aerosol systems. The unique cartridge application process means the applicator can effectively work from a backpack, so only needs to make one journey to carry out the task, and waste packaging is also minimised.
 
Compliant with Norsok M-501 – the offshore industry standard for selecting coating materials, surface preparation, application procedures and inspection for protective coatings – Repacor SW-1000 meets the highest standards in anti-corrosion protection.
 
Only the most effective regime can result in longer periods between maintenance and, as a result, reduce costs, he added.  
 
Sherwin-Williams is leading the drive towards eliminating volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in paints and coatings, while being mindful of the needs of the paint applicators to be able to use products with minimal complexity and time spent on the asset. 
 
Repacor SW-1000 is entirely VOC free, as well as being free of carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic (CMR) substances and 100 per cent volume solid, stated Ackfeld. 
 
Neil Wilds, global product director at Sherwin Williams, said: "Repacor SW-1000 is transforming the maintenance and repair of wind turbines. However, although it is used predominantly offshore, it is also an excellent solution for onshore industrial environments if a simple to apply, high performance, durable and cost-effective coating is required."
 
"The fact that a single coat gives the same anti-corrosion and durability performance as a two or three coat aerosol system makes Repacor  SW-1000 a genuine game changer," he added.-TradeArabia News Service



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