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Industrial Cleaning and Painting in Marlborough, MA

Here at Kaloutas, we have earned a rep­u­ta­tion for being prob­lem solvers, find­ing solu­tions for even the most dif­fi­cult, tricky projects. We pro­vide our team with the skills and train­ing need­ed to put this solu­tions-ori­ent­ed phi­los­o­phy into action on every jobsite.

In this case, Project Man­ag­er Dustin Dur­kee and his team com­plet­ed a par­tic­u­lar­ly chal­leng­ing indus­tri­al paint­ing project for an chem­i­cal man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pa­ny in Marl­bor­ough, MA.

Spe­cial Con­sid­er­a­tions Involved in the Clean­ing and Paint­ing Process

We were con­tract­ed to first com­plete­ly remove a coat­ing of black insu­la­tion from a chiller tank, then paint the tank, pip­ing, and con­crete pad.

Below are a few of the con­sid­er­a­tions we need­ed to navigate:

  • Extreme­ly tight work­ing conditions
  • Aggres­sive timetable
  • FOD (For­eign Object Debris) containment
  • Ensur­ing that all of the appro­pri­ate Per­son­al Pro­tec­tive Equip­ment was used to keep our paint tech­ni­cians safe (in this case, a res­pi­ra­tor with OV car­tridge, face shield, Tyvek cov­er­alls, and cot­ton gloves)
  • Strict safe­ty stan­dards, tie off pro­ce­dures, dai­ly work per­mit­ting, and lock­out-tagout pro­ce­dures for the equipment
  • Dif­fi­cult removal of the tena­cious exist­ing coating
  • Low-tem­per­a­ture appli­ca­tion envi­ron­ment for the new prod­ucts we applied
  • The need for expert prod­uct selec­tion and application

Remov­ing the Insu­la­tion Jack­et and Mas­tic from a Chiller Tank

With the over­ar­ch­ing goals and con­sid­er­a­tions out­lined above, let’s take a clos­er look at our pro­ce­dures. All of the steps below were com­plet­ed with­in a frame­work of close com­mu­ni­ca­tion and coor­di­na­tion with our client’s team as well.

  • Con­tain­ment — Using 6 mil plas­tic sheets and tie-points at the ceil­ing, we con­struct­ed a con­tain­ment sys­tem to pro­tect both the oth­er chiller tank and mis­cel­la­neous elec­tri­cal com­po­nents near­by. FOD con­tain­ment is a spe­cial­ty of ours — learn more here!
  • To begin the removal process of the exist­ing insu­la­tion jack­et and asso­ci­at­ed mas­tic, we applied a series of chem­i­cals to loosen the bond.
  • Using a grinder, we then removed the remain­ing prod­uct by hand.
  • A rin­se­less clean­er (min­i­mal water) was used to clean any final FOD and lin­ger­ing residue.
  • Any high spots or pock marks in the tank’s sur­face were ground to cre­ate a smooth, flush profile.
  • We cleaned and prepped the tank and asso­ci­at­ed pip­ing, ensur­ing that the sur­faces met the stan­dards nec­es­sary for the suc­cess­ful appli­ca­tion of the new coating.

Ide­al Indus­tri­al Prod­ucts for the Tank, Pipes, and Con­crete Pad

Select­ing the ide­al prod­ucts for each sur­face was imperative.

Tank and Inte­ri­or Pipes:

  • Primer: Epoxy Mas­tic Alu­minum II
  • Mid­coat: Macrop­oxy 646
  • Top­coat: Macrop­oxy 646

Exte­ri­or Pipes:

  • Primer: Epoxy Mas­tic Alu­minum II
  • Mid­coat: Dura-Plate 235
  • Mid­coat: Dura-Plate 235

For the con­crete pad we applied two coats of SW Armorseal 1000 HS, in Safe­ty Yel­low. This indus­tri­al prod­uct pro­vides resis­tance to chem­i­cals, impact, and abra­sion, mak­ing it ide­al for an envi­ron­ment like this one.

Anoth­er Indus­tri­al Clean­ing and Paint­ing Success

Project Man­ag­er Dustin told us that the client grew more impressed after every inter­ac­tion they had with our team, and that is exact­ly what we strive for. Our hope is that our clients see us as a real resource; one that can edu­cate, meet crit­i­cal needs, and con­sis­tent­ly exceed expectations.

If you have an indus­tri­al clean­ing, paint­ing, or floor­ing need here in the Boston, ma area, con­tact us at Kaloutas. It would be a plea­sure to serve you!

Kaloutas is an ide­al ven­dor for these needs:

Kaloutas is New Eng­land’s pre­mier con­trac­tor for com­mer­cial & indus­tri­al paint­ing, floor­ing, and relat­ed ser­vices. Estab­lished in 1987, Kaloutas has become a trust­ed resource for gen­er­al con­trac­tors, facil­i­ties man­agers, and build­ing own­ers from Con­necti­cut to Maine. Our team prides itself on high qual­i­ty work­man­ship, jobs done on time & bud­get, and tack­ling com­plex projects that oth­er con­trac­tors don’t have the expe­ri­ence or resources to han­dle. Con­tact us today for a paint­ing or floor­ing esti­mate, or give us a call at 9785321414 to learn more.

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