Applying intumescent paint is a common procedure when protecting a structure against fire.
Intumescent paint reacts to an increase in temperature, swelling and forming an insulating char which helps protect the beam underneath.
Primer painting prepares a metallic surface for further painting using coats of paint which is typically high in zinc phosphate, helping protect the metal against corrosion.
These finishes are particularly common ways of protecting and ensuring structural steel is suitable for its application, and are thus offered by Bromsgrove Steel to help to extend the potential and longevity of our steel structures within their applications.
Steel can be prepared for painting through the preparation of its surface. This may include processes such as shot blasting and grinding to remove any imperfections on the surface which may affect the quality of the paint coat.
Ferrous metals, including steel, are susceptible to rusting because of their iron content. Steel can be prepared for painting through the use of a primer, which helps the paint stick to the metal, as well as protecting it against corrosion.
Structural steel can be painted, either for aestheticism or for safety, and each layer of paint plays an important role. For instance, a primer coat can protect the steel, and provides better grip for an undercoat, whilst a finishing coat fulfils design briefs, as well as providing protection.
Typically, only exposed structural steel will need to be painted to fulfil an aesthetic design brief.
Paint is generally applied to steel through air spray, dip coating, or a roller. With air spray, the paint takes the form of a fine mist and is applied to a surface with the use of compressed air; this method can also be airless.
Dip coating is used when the entirety of a product needs to be coated - the product is lowered into the paint for a full coverage.
A roller can be used to paint surfaces by hand; this works best for flat surfaces such as walls, however it is a time consuming method.
Structural Steel Painting Services
Alongside painting, Bromsgrove Steel supplies several other finishing services, including shot blasting, hot dipped galvanising, stainless steel polishing, and powder coating.
Finishing services are provided in conjunction with our full fabrication services, manufacturing steel structures from initial detailing processes to the coded welding of components. The engineers at Bromsgrove Steel hold years of experience, working closely with architects and structural engineers to provide design assistance and advice nationwide. Aided by our own transportation, Bromsgrove Steel further extends delivery and onsite services, including installation and erection of products.
We work only with UKCA marked steel, certified up to execution class 2, and perform quality checks on components to ensure our clients receive a safe and reliable structure. Bromsgrove Steel can do this for all types of steel, with material choice borne from project requirement determinations.
Bromsgrove Steel specialise in steel structures, such as the framing for buildings; ingress and egress features, including stairs and handrail systems, ladders, and fire escapes; steel flooring; steel gates, fencing, and doors; as well as bespoke structures.