One of the most common options to protect steel from the air and other elements is by applying a special paint solution to prevent the corrosion process.
If you think about the color of a car, a washing machine or any household appliance, generally you only tend to consider this from the aesthetic point of view.
However, when organic coatings and paint solutions are added to products made of steel, it’s not just about making it look nice, as paint for steel can have other important attributes which enhance its quality, innovation and technology.
A shield against corrosion
Freshly smelted steel, often known as black steel for its color, requires the application of different protective solutions to enable it to continue offering one of its main qualities: resistance.
One of the most common options used to protect steel from the air and the weather, is the application of a special paint solution to prevent the corrosion process.
At Ternium, three painting systems are used to protect galvanized steel: standard polyester, siliconized polyester and fluorocarbons. Although each has its own characteristics, and they are usually used for different cases according to needs, they all share the ability to protect metal surfaces from the corrosive effects of oxygen in the air, as well as the salt usually present in coastal areas.
Reflectance can also act as a heat repellant, as seen with Ternium Galvateja Plus.
Benefits of reflectance
Another good reason for applying organic coating systems (paint) to metal surfaces is their ability to produce reflectance. If we think of a light, for example, such an attribute helps to expand the effect of the energy produced by the LED lightbulb, enhancing performance by multiplying the light shining on the space.
But this is not the only benefit offered by reflectance as regards paint solutions. Just as it can help to spread light, it can also repel heat, as is the case with Ternium Galvateja Plus. In addition to being an attractive and functional solution for the construction industry, it comes with a coating of Cool Roof paint that acts as a shield against the sun's rays.
This feature helps to keep environments cool and significantly reduces energy consumption.
These are just a few examples of the different benefits offered by applying organic coatings to metal surfaces, beyond their aesthetic appeal.