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High temperature coating protects steel surfaces from overheating

When a substrate is subject to heat and rapid temperature fluctuations, it can lead to surface breakage and corrosion. Electrical and engine components, chimneys and ovens, pipework and chemical plants, all these are exposed to possibly damaging temperatures and conditions. A high temperature coating (or thermal management coating) works to protect the substrate from variations and extremes of temperature without losing functionality. As well as protecting from heat, these coatings:

  • Allow for higher operating temperatures while limiting thermal exposure; increasing efficiency
  • Protect from corrosion under insulation (CUI): provide an extra layer of protection between the hot surface and insulation
  • Resist temperatures up to 1000°C: Different types of high temperature coating provide resistance to temperatures from -196°C to 1000°C
  • Abrasion resistant: Suitable for rough environments like industrial and offshore
  • Reduce thermal fatigue: Heat resistant coating improves performance of machinery and extend component life

In this article we look at the different categories of high temperature coating, how to choose the right one for your project, and where to find products and contractors in Pakistan.

Towards the right choice – 3 factors to consider when choosing a heat resistant coating

As with any coating application, understanding the needs of your substrate and the application process is crucial for making the right coating choice. As well as knowing the substrate type, you need to know its environment, its use, the coating time parameters, and the likely ways it will fail. Here are some factors you need to consider before you can choose a high temperature coating:

Combating CUI with high temperature coating

High temperature coating protects even under insulation – CUI can be combated with the right high heat paint.

1. Insulation

Is the substrate insulated?
If you are choosing a high temperature coating for metal to combat CUI, that coating needs to be specially formulated for the purpose. It needs corrosion resistance, but it also needs to be able to be applied to hot substrates and deal with boiling water exposure.
For example, PPG HI-TEMP 1027 is designed to prevent CUI and can be applied to hot substrates

2. Maximum operating temperature

What is the maximum temperature of the substrate that you wish to protect?
One of the most common reasons for failure is expecting high temperature coatings to perform outside of the temperature range they were manufactured to tolerate. Each coating type has a specific temperature range, and outside it the functionality and efficacy fails. Make sure not to understate the maximum temperature.
For example, International Intertherm 50 is recommended for temperatures up to 540°C

3. Application temperature

What will the substrate temperature be during application?
There are high temperature coatings formulated for hot (up to 300oC) and ambient temperature application. A hot application may be required to avoid needing to shut down operations, spot coating problem areas, and generally not disrupting a facility.
For example, Jotun Epoxy HR can be applied on substrates up to 150oC

The different types of heat resistant coating

It is important to note that while high temperature coating does provide some protection from flames, it is not a fire resistant coating. Essentially, heat resistant coatings can be divided into four types:

1. Sprayed metal coatings from -50°C to +550°C

Of all the sprayed metal coatings, thermal spray aluminium (TSA) is the most common as it offers excellent corrosion protection in high temperatures. TSA and other sprayed metal coatings are usually applied on steel to provide protection from corrosion and high temperatures.

Thermal sprayed aluminium is particularly used as high temperature coatings for steel for CUI prevention in onshore and offshore platforms and processing plants.

2. Epoxy and silicone based liquid coatings up to +550°C

The liquid high temperature coatings are usually either epoxy or silicone based. The general rule is that the more silicone the coating contains the higher temperatures it can resist. These coatings exist as single and two component systems and are formulated on water or solvent base.

These coatings can be applied at new constructions, on-site or as maintenance coatings. The liquid coatings have the advantage of being able to be applied even on heated surfaces, meaning fast return to service time.

3. High temperature powder coatings from +200°C to +600°C

As well as being corrosion resistant, high temperature powder coatings have been developed for heat resistance to medium to high temperatures. The powders are usually epoxy and silicone-based (like the liquid paints), and silicone-based powders perform better at higher heats.

Powders are becoming more and more popular as heat resistant coating for metal and they can be applied instead of liquid heat resistant coating on ferrous metals (steel) offsite. The reasons why powders may be chosen over liquids include wide colour and finish range as well as zero VOC content.

4. High heat ceramic coatings from -196°C to +1000°C

The heat resistance properties of ceramic coating are well known, and some of the highest heat coatings available are ceramics. Ceramic coatings are known among car enthusiasts for manifold and engine component protection, but they also have a reputation as industrial heavy duty and offshore high temperature coating.

The high temperature ceramic coatings are widely used in industrial and offshore applications due to the fact that next to heat resistant they are also resistant to corrosion and a wide range of chemicals.


High temperature coating Pakistan – A product overview

Heat resistant coatings are used across a wide range of industries, as well as by homeowners and barbecue enthusiasts. As such, a wide range of products and services are available across the country, no matter your project. Below is a table outlining just a few of the products and their costs, as an indication. High temperature coatings should be applied by a trained professional. If you would like more information about heat resistant coatings, or would like to connect with one of our partners to coat your project, contact us! Our experts are here to help, just use the “Request a quote” button below the article and take advantage of our 100% free quote service.

high temperature Coating ProductProduct DescriptionApplicationsTheoretical Coverage
PPG HI-TEMP 1027One component, silicone-based ceramic coating for carbon steel and stainless steelCUI prevention in chemical/petrochemical, power, and offshore market segments up to 650°C5.8m2 per litre for 125 microns
International Intertherm 50Single components, silicone-based high temperature coatings for steelCorrosion protection in fire stacks, chimneys, exhausts, vents and pipework up to 540°C18m2 per litre at 25 microns
Jotun Solvalitt Midtherm Single component silicone acrylic heat resistant coating for metal; steel and aluminiumCorrosion protection for insulated and non insulated surfaces up to 260°C11.3m2 per litre
Rust-Oleum 4200 Heat Resistant TopcoatSilicone-based topcoat with an aluminium finish for bare steel or primed surfaces Heat resistance up to 425oC16m2 per litre

Heat resistant paint manufacturers in Pakistan

In case you are looking for known heat resistant coating manufacturers present in Pakistan, we have compiled a list containing a few of them. For more information on high temperature coating and contact details feel free to contact us!

Heat resistant coating manufacturerAddress (Pakistan)
Jotun Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd.2 KM Defence Road, off 9 Km Raiwind Road,، Defence Road, Lahore, Punjab 54770
AkzoNobel Pakistan346, Ferozepur Road, P O Box 273, Lahore 54600
Hempel Marine and Commercial Services (Pvt) Ltd.9C First Commercial Lane Zamzama,, Phase 5, D.H.A., Karachi 75600
Berger Paints PakistanStreet 36, Quaid-e-Azam Industrial Estate Quaid e Azam Industrial Estate, Lahore, Punjab
Kansai Paint11 – CCA, Phase V, Defense Housing Authority, Lahore

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