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Knowing how to properly paint a forklift is crucial for maintaining the structure and integrity of the surface. This article will outline how to properly paint a forklift.
- Surface Preparation is Crucial
Coating performance and longevity is directly related to surface preparation. Approximately 80% of all coating failures can be attributed to improper surface preparation. Choosing which method to use to prepare the surface is dependent on surface material, current paint, pain going to be used, and environment.
- Previously Coated Surfaces
All previous contamination, such as oil, grease, loose paint, dirt, and overall foreign contaminants, needs to be removed before applying a new coat of paint.
- Touch-Up, Maintenance, and Repair
In order for a proper coating to last a long time, scheduled maintenance must be performed to maintain coat integrity. This includes, but is not limited to: inspection of painted areas, removing oils, removing foreign chemicals, and removing all other foreign contaminants.
Removing Previous Coats & SSPC/NACE Standards
- SSPC-SP-1 Solvent Cleaning
This is a method that removes all visible oil, grease, soil, drawing and all other foreign contaminants. Click here to learn more.
- SSPC-SP-2 Hand Tool Cleaning
This method removes all loose mill scale, rust, and other foreign matter. Before using this method, remove all oil, grease, welding residues, and salts. Click here to learn more.
- SSPC-SP-3 Power Tool Cleaning
Similarly to the previous method, Power Tool Cleaning helps remove loose mill scale, rust, and other foreign matter. In that sense, Power Tool Cleaning is nearly identical to the Hand Tool Cleaning method. Click here to learn more.
- Blast Cleaning
The following methods remove all oil, grease, dirt, dust, mill scale, rust, pain, and oxides should all be removed making them extremely effective methods.
- SSPC-SP12/NACE5 High and Ultra-High
This method utilizes high and ultra-high water pressure water jetting to remove various foreign material.
To properly paint a forklift, a proper and thorough paint removal procedure must be employed. This ensures that the next coat of paint will have a long lifespan. Have questions? Leave a comment below or call us at (616) 796-6638!