How to Prevent Metal Corrosion

Is corrosion a fact of life for all things metal? It doesn’t have to be.

Corrosion is the deterioration of metal caused by a chemical reaction of metal with its environment. Exposure to various climates can also lead to corrosion. All metals can corrode, especially if the metals in question are not protected.

But corrosion can be stopped or prevented, and there are many ways to do this.

Corrosion Inhibitors

Corrosion inhibitors are one of the ways to prevent metal corrosion. They work by attaching themselves to the surface of the metal and forming a protective film. One of the benefits of corrosion inhibitors is that they can be applied to help counter current corrosion.

Coatings

Powder coating has been shown in studies to inhibit corrosion more than liquid paint. Powder coating metal helps create a homogenous, thoroughly-covered surface. This evenly covered surface helps prevent the metal from interacting with other metals and the immediate environment. This is a great way to stop corrosion and prevent it from happening in the future. Coatings are typically grouped by the type of polymer used.

Powder coating, which is safer for the environment than traditional liquid paint, can be applied across a range of thicknesses. Coating thickness is often used as a metric for creating a barrier with the metal to help prevent corrosion. Powder coating is resistant to corrosion and more durable than liquid paints. The high-quality finish means that powder coating can withstand conditions that cause breakdowns in liquid paints.