Fusion-Bonded Epoxy: The Alternative to Coal Tar Epoxy Coating

Coal Tar Epoxy Coating Flaking Off

An example of a coal tar epoxy coating, flaking off from wear and tear.

Pilings provide critical support to buildings and various other structures. To help ensure that support lasts a long time, pilings need to be coated to provide resistance to the environment. If pilings are located outside above ground, they must be able to withstand extreme temperatures, as well as the effects of living organisms, external chemicals, and impact. When pilings are placed underground or in water, they face additional corrosive effects.

Coatings are applied to help preserve pilings and resist these corrosive internal and external effects. Coal tar epoxy is a cheap method for coating pilings, but it provides only a minimum level of protection — it is also toxic and flammable, and it may be carcinogenic. At Lane Coatings, we offer a fusion-bonded epoxy alternative to protect your pilings and avoid dangers associated with coal tar epoxy.

Fusion-Bonded Epoxy: The Better Approach

Fusion-bonded epoxy is a coal tar epoxy alternative that provides a better approach and improved performance. It offers multiple benefits:

  • Superior physical and chemical stability
  • Resistance to soil stress
  • Resistance to impact damage — it also adheres well
  • Resistance to cathodic disbondment, which occurs when a coating separates from the surface due to the formation of hydrogen ions.
  • Capable of operating in temperatures ranging from -100F to 250F.

Lane Coatings has become very adept at applying FBE to all types of metals, giving your team confidence knowing that you are receiving a high quality coating and a high performance finish. Once the surface is cleaned and grit blasted, the piling is then heated and the coating process is started. An electrostatic spray provides an even application of the fusion-bonded epoxy, which melts on the heated surfaced.

The coating cools and quickly cures with a smooth but rugged finish. At that point, the piling is ready for installation. In some cases, a dual-layer coating can be used on top of a base coating. This can offer greater impact and gouge resistance, as well as greater tolerance to high temperatures and ultraviolet radiation.

Finding Success With Fusion-Bonded Epoxy

Fusion-bonded epoxy has a long history and many recent improvements that make the question of coal tar vs. fusion bonded coatings easily in favor of fusion bonding. Fusion-bonded epoxy has been reported by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers as having superior impact resistance and resistance to cathodic disbondment.

Lane Coatings can apply fusion-bonded epoxy in single or dual layer applications. In the long run, fusion-bonded epoxy is the better choice for protecting pilings. You will benefit from:

  • Better physical and chemical stability
  • Excellent adherence
  • Impact damage resistance
  • Cathodic disbondment resistance
  • An ability to withstand large variations in temperature

Lane Coatings can handle almost any type of project requiring fusion-bonded epoxy, regardless of size or scope. We’ve been helping our customers since 1979. That’s over 35 years, and we can help you too. Contact us today to find the solution that’s best for you and your project.