Hempel has launched two new coating products specifically developed to protect the area known as the splash zone located above the waterline on oil and gas rigs or platforms used in offshore wind.
According to Hempel, the Multistrength 35840 and 35842 coating products are nearly solvent-free and contain a much higher percentage of reactive diluents instead of conventional solvents to create superior cross-linking properties (a chemical reaction that helps harden the coating). This significantly enhances their resistance to corrosion. In addition, the coatings are reinforced with overlapping glass flakes to further enhance their water resistance and strengthen them against physical impact, Hempel notes.
The splash zone suffers from the dual impact of atmospheric and immersion-type corrosion, as well as physical damage, such as abrasion and impact, especially in areas around boat landings, the company notes.