Articles on Residential, Commercial and Industrial Coatings

Articles on Residential, Commercial and Industrial Coatings

Outback Bulls get Rhino Lined

How Good Do Those Outback Bulls Look!

Last week I was speaking to owners Stefan and Nicole McBride of Outback Bulls a company that manufactures and supplies mechanic bulls.  It’s fabulous to see the innovative way they have been using Rhino’s spray applied polyurethane coatings, especially on their latest mechanical bull, and what is currently being tagged, the hideless bull.

The bull, sprayed by Rhino Linings approved applicator Bundaberg Sandblasting, is the most durable bull in Outback Bulls range of mechanical bulls for hire or purchase.

Strength and durability are beneficial to Outback Bulls customers as well, especially when you realise the mechanical hideless bull at Johny Ringos Country Rock Saloon, located Brisbane, is ridden well over 1000 times a week. That’s a lot of wear when you think about the movement of the saddle, the leather, knees, thighs and whatever else you can cling onto with all that bucking, lunging, rotating and tilting of a mechanical bull!

We have always said that Rhino is much more than just a ute liner, and now Outback Bulls is proving it with their mechanical hideless bull.  They say it is the most durable in their range, and we would have to agree, after all, he’s been Rhino lined.


Rhino Linings Hobart – Rhino Dealership for Sale

Graham Cooper has been the manager of Rhino Linings Hobart since 2008.  He recently advised us that due to a change in business direction he needs to put his Rhino Linings automotive dealership on the market.

Graham originally purchased the dealership to specialise in Rhino Linings spray applied tub liners for utes, truck trays and other smaller applications. He is looking for a purchaser that is as passionate as he about Rhino Linings, the products and application capabilities.


According to Graham, the dealership will come with an MK15 spray machine, product and training, which combined will assist the new owner to have the business up and running in no time.

If you want more information on the Rhino Linings Hobart Automotive dealership contact @GrahamCooper via LinkedIn or email  Graham direct at

Alternatively, click if you want to know about starting a Rhino Linings dealership in your area or phone us on 1300 887 780.

Rhino Linings Hobart for sale

Protecting Assets with Spray Applied Coatings

The economic impact of corrosion is often exacerbated in humid, tropical conditions found in areas such as northern Queensland. The moisture and heat accelerate the deterioration of machinery, vehicles and assets. Applying a protective surface coating is one way of minimising or reducing the effect.

When it comes to corrosion, abrasion and impact protection, Spray-applied polymer surface treatments can meet the demands of the variable Australian climate including the often harsh working environments of construction sites, remote mining facilities, through to automotive, agricultural, marine, military and local council infrastructure requirements.

Despite still challenging economic conditions, Rhino Linings is experiencing strong growth in all regional areas of Australia and expanding the range of companies we have been approaching to be applicators and dealers.

The addition of Rhino Linings to a panel beater, repair shop or even commercial painter, can extend the range of services that can be offered.

While RLA has its origins in the automotive industry, our products are not just used for ute trays. For more than a quarter of a century Rhino has also been protecting military vehicles, boats, flooring, buildings, structures and industrial equipment, in addition to traditional trucks, 4WDs and prime movers.

Having started out as a domestic and commercial painter, Haydon Mann and his partner Sheree took on the Rhino Linings Townsville dealership. This move has allowed them to shift into a variety of other asset protection work.

When the opportunity of taking up a full Rhino Linings dealership came, Haydon didn’t have to deliberate too long before accepting.  He realised that a lot of the techniques learned as a painter were the same for using Rhino Lining’s spray polymers, with preparation being key to ensuring a great finish.  These same skills are also required by panel beaters and spray painters.

During his first year as an applicator/dealer, Haydon and his staff worked a diverse range of projects which included coating a whole boat, cane harvester spirals and other farm equipment, floors and spraying the externals of 4WD vehicles, not to mention the usual ute tub liners.

Did you know that cane farmers usually have to replace parts of their harvesters every year? Being coated with Rhino spray applied linings can extend this to a least three years resulting in far less downtime.

For a new Rhino Linings Applicator, a low ‘buy in’ price allows them to grow their business at their own pace because they only have to buy materials. There are no traditional franchise fees to be paid, and applicators and dealers have end-to-end support with access to service engineers and backup from the experienced technical support staff.

RLA assists its dealers in developing best method procedures and practices for chemical handling and machinery used to apply our products. We are fully committed to the development of new technologies, products, and services that offer the best solutions to the needs of our customers, applicators and distributors.

Want to know more?  Contact us on 1300 887 780

Hewey Life Rafts

Reducing the Cost of Replacing Life Rafts

Safety is a vital aspect of all activities taking place in a maritime environment. A key component of this is effective and safe operation of life rafts. A variety of companies provide training in life raft handling for offshore rig and platform personnel, helicopter pilots and the crews of ocean-going vessels.

Older Type raft IFAP training - Fremantle

Older Type raft IFAP training – Fremantle

One common training scenario is that of a helicopter ditching at sea. A mock-up of a helicopter cabin is suspended above a diving pool and dropped sideways into the water. Trainees have to get out of the helicopter and into a deployed life raft. These courses often run several times a week, throughout the year.

Life rafts are designed to be deployed only in an emergency, so deployment dozens of times a year for training purposes means conventional canvas-lined rafts have a limited life span. To reduce the cost of continually replacing training rafts, Dreamboats WA (part of DSBC Pty Ltd) designed and constructed a non-inflatable alternative called “Hewey”. This training raft comprises cylindrical, closed-cell foam sections coated in 2mm thick spray-applied Rhino TUFF STUFF.


Hewey Training Rafts are  OPITO Approved and Shipped Worldwide

“Hewey” training rafts have an expected lifespan of at least five years. Being solid foam there can be no leaks which virtually eliminates most maintenance requirements and allows continual use in the training environment: a huge cost saving for those organisations that run survival training courses in the oil, gas and aviation industries. The solid life rafts have been approved by OPITO (Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organisation UK) for practical use providing the organisation has a conventional aviation life raft for viewing purposes.

Polyurethane coated HEWEY life raft - work completed by Dreamboats, WA

Polyurethane coated HEWEY life raft – work completed by Dreamboats, WA

“Hewey” training rafts are similar in appearance to a traditional reversible aviation life raft and can be customised to match any life raft used in existing training courses. Sized to fit into a standard 20ft shipping container, “Hewey” training rafts are now shipped worldwide from the manufacturer’s Fremantle factory.

RLA has been working with polyurethanes since the early 1990s and now manufactures a range of consistent formulations in Australia which are suitable for a variety applications. “Many people do not know that spray-applied coatings are a very versatile and adaptable method for protecting a range of flexible structures,” Baker added.

Whereas epoxies and paints form a solid shell, the flexibility of polyurethane coatings allows them to move with the expansion and contraction of the underlying structure and as temperatures change.

Rhino Linings Australasia Pty Ltd (RLA) was formed in 2000 and established manufacturing and distribution capabilities for the region. RLA manufacturers its spray applied coatings in Australia and can draw on the more than 30 years experience of its American parent. The company sources all its materials from local suppliers except for some very specialised chemicals which are imported from America.

Contact us if you have any queries regarding our product or interested in becoming a Rhino Approved Applicator

Protective Coatings for Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boats

A Need for Strong Flexible Coatings for Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boats

For a range of activities and operations in the maritime environment, small, manoeuvrable, robust, stable, high-speed boats are a necessity. Rescue services must respond quickly to emergencies at sea and port authorities need to get harbour pilots to and from ocean-going vessels for safe operation within a port area. Similarly, police and the military, need to pursue vessels that are suspected of being involved in criminal activity and get officers on board quickly and safely.

During the past couple of decades, a range of rigid-hulled inflatable boats (RHIBs) have been built and refined by companies to meet the demands and stresses of all these tasks.

The combination of rigid hull and large inflatable buoyancy tubes was first developed in the 1960s. The early inflatable sections were not very robust and were prone to deflating. Research showed that the strength and durability of the inflatable sections could be dramatically improved by using spray-applied surface coatings to cover the tubes. To be successful, coatings must be strong, flexible and resistant to the ravages of continual exposure to salt water and UV light.


Polyurethane used Successfully to Protect Inflatables

Polyurethane coatings produced by Gold Coast-based Rhino Linings Australasia (RLA) are used by some RHIB manufacturers to protect and strengthen the inflatable sections, in addition to providing non-slip walkways on deck sections when required.

Naiad Pilot BoatOne versatile surface coating in particular, Rhino TUFF STUFF, provides maximum slip resistance with enhanced protection against impact, abrasion and corrosion. Spray-on application creates a single, seamless coating, that conforms to any shape and size and bonds to virtually any substrates.

Polyurethane coatings made by the company have a patented mix ratio that have been developed over many years. “We have dedicated staff who understand the chemistry of the product,” said Denis Baker, Special Projects Engineer at RLA. “They have a great depth of knowledge and experience for which products can be used and in what situations.”

The elastomeric properties of the Rhino Linings coating systems allow for application to surfaces that are subject to vibration, expansion, contraction, movement, flexing, abrasion and impact. The selected coating in this case is extremely flexible while maintaining its integrity under repeated flexing, regardless of film thickness.  “


What is a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat?

RHIBs range in size from 4 to 9 metres, although they can be as long as 18 metres. Their shallow draught, high manoeuvrability, speed and relative immunity to damage in low-speed collisions are advantages in the situations in which they operate. Constructed with a solid, shaped hull and flexible tubes at the gunwale, the design of a RHIB is stable and seaworthy.

Naiad 14.9m Pilot 3sThe inflatable sections allow the vessel to stay afloat, even if large volumes of water get aboard in rough seas and act as a cushion between a boat and other surfaces with which it might come in contact, such as docks, pilings and other boats. Additionally, the coated sections help to reduce potential damage to the hull or superstructure from impacts and stress.

A RHIB is usually propelled by one or more outboard motors or an inboard hydrojet or stern drive, with the power ranging from 5 to 300 horsepower. The maximum speed of a RHIB depends on its gross weight, power, length and profile of hull, and sea conditions. A 6-metre RHIB carrying six passengers, powered by 110 horsepower engines, in heavy seas, can achieve a top speed of around 30 knots. High-performance RHIBs may operate speeds up to 70 knots depending on the size and weight.

One manufacturer of RHIBs, Naiad Design Ltd in New Zealand, supplies harbour pilot boats as well as pursuit boats to the UAE, Singapore, Malaysia and New Zealand. With more than 25 years experience building boats for commercial operators, Naiad Design produces a tough, dependable, yet attractive and functional vessel.

Naiad 15m Pilot 30Nearly every port throughout the world offers a harbour pilotage service and operators are licensed by the government of a country and usually employed by the local port authority. The services must be available in all weather conditions, so the harbour pilot boat must be manoeuvrable enough to get alongside container ships and tankers and strong enough to withstand continual battering against a ship in heavy seas. It must also be stable enough for the pilot himself to safely transfer to or from the ship.

A harbour pilot is responsible for the safe conduct and navigation of a ship from the time he assumes control from the master—after boarding at sea—until the vessel is safely moored at its allocated wharf, or vice versa. The work of the pilot includes all steering and engine orders, in addition to the placement and direct radio control of any tugs involved in manoeuvring a vessel. A pilot must have extensive local knowledge of the channels, depths of water, currents and dangers within and around the port for which he is licensed.

If we can assist you with any aspects of the service and possible solutions Rhino Linings provides, please do not hesitate to contact us

Minesite Water Evaporators

Water Evaporator - minesite applications

Is it a Canon? Is it a Rocket Blaster? No, it’s a Water Evaporator!

When asking our Australian Rhino Linings dealers to send in images of unusual applications, I had to take a second look at this particular job.

Was Darrin, our Rhino Linings Newcastle applicator actually spraying canons?  Maybe they were rocket blasters?

On taking a second look I realised  that no, it wasn’t the case at all.  I was on the right track though, with further investigation I found that these “canons” were actually Water Evaporators.

Developed by Minetek® and used on mining and industrial sites throughout Africa, Australia, North and South America, these Water Evaporators accelerate the natural evaporation process of wastewater.  They do this by propelling (blowing) water high into the atmosphere where it dissipates. This “Flash Evaporation” system is efficient even in the most humid of conditions and hugely effective for dewatering services and mine site wastewater management.

Corrosion Protection for Minesite Equipment

Rhino Linings Newcastle coated these particular water evaporators with RhinoGuard 2185 to protect against corrosion.  Another advantage is that this application will even extend the life of the equipment.

Water Evaporator - minesite applications  IMG_20160609_161435

Rhino Linings provide a range of polyurethane and pure polyurea spray applied coatings, some of which have been specifically manufactured for the long term protection of mine site equipment against corrosion, abrasion and impact.

For more information about these water evaporators visit the Minetek® website.

Rhino sprayed on polyurethane protection for Hi-Rail Truck

Hi-Rail Isuzu Truck

Hi-Rail Trucks – Rail Maintenance Vehicles

Built for FMG Mining, this Isuzu truck is fitted with a Hi-Rail system which means it has Train Wheels and drive system on the front and rear and therefore can travel on the clients rail line.  The truck can drive on regular roads using its rubber wheels.  When it gets to a rail line, it straddles the rail line, and the HiRail units fold down lifting the truck off its rubber wheels.

The role of this vehicle is to carry equipment along the rail line and perform track maintenance.

Now the question is why did they go to all the trouble of coating the entire underbody, chassis, diffs, Hi-Rail unit,  diesel and air tanks? 

Well, the answer is simple – Most of the roads this truck travels on to, and from, the rail line are mainly gravel which is sprayed with water 24hrs a day for dust suppression.  It is a waste to use good clean drinking water so they often use second grade reclaimed water from dams or the ocean and it is very salty.

Salt Water + Dirt + chipped paint = RUST !

… and very quickly it will rust – this truck is worth about $500,000 so they would like it to last up to 10 years.

So from both a cost saving and ease of application perspective we use a combination of High Build Industrial Epoxy and Rhino Linings polyurethane coating system.

First, everything is sprayed with a 300µm DFT coating of our High Build black Epoxy (known as Beamastic). This product also provides an excellent primer or base for the Rhino product.

Then we simply spray Rhino Duraspray on anything we think will cop the flying debris.  This is typically the chassis rails near the rear wheels, the fuel and auxiliary tanks that stick out the side, both diffs, and in this case, the Hi-Rail units mainly because they are very expensive and the client wanted the added insurance of the double coating (Epoxy and Rhino)

Work completed by Beam Rustproofing located in Belmont WA.
For further information contact Beam on (08) 9325 1399

Fuel Tank Protection for Variety Bash Car No.49

Bob Shackell, Car 49 - the Variety Bash

Shackell Transport, The Variety Bash and Fuel Tank Protection for Car No. 49

The Variety Bash is Australia’s largest (and favourite!) motoring event with participants travelling to rural parts of Australia that they would otherwise not see, at the same time raising money for disadvantaged and special needs children. Throughout the Bash, participants visit local towns, stopping into the schools to visit the kids (some schools only having 5 students!). Bashers get to see the smiles of the kids they’ve helped and provide the schools with equipment to assist student’s development and education.

“Our car No.49 is a 1968 Ford Falcon sedan stock standard 221 C1 (3.6 litre) 6 cylinder engine with a 3 speed column shift manual gearbox” said Bob Shackell from Shackell Transport, “We have raised the suspension for clearance and run all terrain tyres”

The Variety Bash is an amazing motoring event for pre-1974 cars. The logistics to feed about 350 people, three times a day at three different venues and sometimes in remote areas, along with the route planning 5,000km mostly substandard dirt roads, through national parks, forestry and private properties, that would be suited to mainly four wheel drive, is incredible. Then there is the roadside repairs, broken suspension, shocky mounts ripped out, broken axles, radiators, fuel tank and tyres all welded, soldered, plugged, patched and repaired on the side of the road by the owners or the mobile workshops that travel with us.

Rhino Lined Fuel Tank Protection Handles the Harsh Aussie Environment!

Shackells Transport - Variety Bash vehicle - Car 49While most cars carry a range of spare parts or borrow from someone else to keep moving, there is a part you simply can’t carry, the fuel tank, which cops a lot of stone and rock damage. While most times the leak can be fixed, you can’t replace the lost fuel when you’re in the middle of nowhere. After a couple of years with fuel tank damage, we approached the team at Rhino Linings to provide a solution. Rhino took up the challenge with enthusiasm and treated our fuel tank with their (Rhino) TUFF STUFF protective lining. Our car has since completed 4 Variety Bashes and the bottom of the fuel tank is unmarked and looks like it has just been treated.

I can only imagine how beneficial Rhino TUFF STUFF protection would be for the 4WD market and equipment operating in severe conditions.

Bob Shackell
Shackell Transport Pty Ltd

Fuel tank protection - Rhino Linings

Bob Shackell’s Variety Bash 1968 Ford Falcon sedan fuel tank protected by Rhino Linings.

Thank’s Bob, we really appreciate your testimonial and wish you the best of luck with the upcoming Berowra to Bowen Variety Bash, August 21-30, 2016.

For those interested in learning more about the Variety Bash or wanting to make a donation to Variety the children’s charity visit their website at


Restoration of Hangar Floors with Rhino ArmaFloor 500

Rhino ArmaFloor 500 DF



When concrete floors age they become discoloured, stained, cracked, chipped, and weakened.

These were the same problems Qantas Defence Services needed to be addressed when it came time to upgrade the 60-year-old concrete floor of the RAAF Base Richmond hangar.

Due to budgetary constraints replacement of the floor was out of the question, restoration was the only way forward.

Tenderers were required to address certain criteria to win the project. In addition to the more mechanical properties of a suitable floor coating such as strength, durability and chemical resistance, the product had to be easy to clean, exhibit a high gloss finish and be aesthetically pleasing.

A variety of concrete floor coatings were considered for this particular project, however, Rhino ArmaFloor 500 was selected for its strength and durability and the products other features and benefits.


All cracks and damaged concrete were repaired prior to being primed with ArmaFloor® 300 ECO. This product was specifically chosen for its ability to bond exceptionally well to existing concrete substrates.

Rhino Linings ArmaFloor 500, a strong durable polyaspartic floor coating used in residential, commercial and industrial applications, was fit for purpose.

This product offers a fast 24-hour return to service, exhibits excellent UV resistance and provided that high gloss finish required by management.

The product was especially suitable for this project due to ArmaFloor 500 excellent chemical resistance against fluids such as skydrol, motor oils, and other hazardous transmission fluids.


Combined, these two products met the required specifications of Qantas Defence Services, including the ease of cleaning, strength, durability, chemical resistance and provision of that aesthetically pleasing and professional look to the hangar floor.

Suffice to say, management was extremely satisfied with the end result.

Watch the video and let us know what you think.

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and speak to your Rhino Linings State Sales Manager, Ph: +61 7 5585 7000

Advantages of Polyurethane and Pure Polyurea Coatings in Corrosive Environments

Secondary Containment - Rhino Linings

In 2013, Peter Morgan from Rhino Linings Australasia Head Office gave a highly successful presentation on the advantages of polyurethane and pure polyurea to fellow and leading industry members of the Australian Corrosion Association.


Peter explained what polyurethane is, the advantages of using it, including how to select the right product for the required application, whether that be for drinking water tank linings, industrial tank liners, thickener tanks, channel linings, ponds, dams or secondary containment applications.

Wastewater treatment plant channels - Rhino Linings polyurethane

He also went through case studies of typical applications for both elastomeric polyurethane and pure polyurea coatings.

Peter’s presentation was well received resulting in the creation of valuable networking opportunities and stronger brand awareness for future business relationships.

We thought we would share his presentation with you in an effort to provide a greater understanding of Rhino Linings approved applicator capabilities and our premium protective coating systems.

For more information on Rhino Linings products and capabilities, or if you are looking for your nearest Rhino approved applicator, contact head office by emailing or phone +61 7 5585 7000 to speak with your Rhino Linings State Sales Manager.

We look forward to answering any questions you may have.

Advantages of Pure Polyurea and Polyurethane Elastomeric Coatings in Corrosive Environments from Michelle Gunn
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