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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 www.variety.org.au

 

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.

POLYURETHANE ELASTOMERIC COATINGS FOR MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE

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 info@rhinolinings.com.au 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.

Rhino Shine Ultra – For That Fresh New Rhino Lined Look

Rhino Shine Ultra - for that fresh new Rhino Lined look

Rhino Shine Ultra was developed to bring the colour and shine back to a Rhino Linings spray applied ute tub and truck tray liners. It can even be used on a newly sprayed liner to help it look great longer.

Rhino Shine works well because it treats the surface where any UV damage is occurring.  It is available in five colours – graphite, flame red, emerald green, indigo blue and black – making it a great alternative to the UV Top coats.

Rhino Shine Ultra  also comes in a clear coat that will add shine to any ute liner.

APPLYING RHINO SHINE ULTRA

Successfully applying Rhino Shine Ultra can be accomplished in these three easy steps:

  1. Clean the existing Rhino Lining – sweep or blow out all the big stuff, then scan the tray for oils, grease and wax spots. Remove any remaining contaminants using a cleaner or degreaser.
  2. Tape and mask off all the edges – you want to avoid getting Rhino Shine on painted areas, as it will stick and leave marks. We use masking tape to mask along the rail (if applying over the rail) and in the tailgate areas. You can skip taping and be extra careful with the paintbrush, but it really only takes a few minutes to tape off the perimeter of the truck bed. These extra few minutes will actually allow you to apply Rhino Shine faster and greatly reduce the change of “colouring outside the lines” 😉
  3. Brush or spray Rhino Shine Ultra on bed liner – the Rhino Shine is best applied with a paintbrush (or a HVLP spray gun if you have one).  Avoid applying in direct sunlight. Whether you spray or brush it on, coat the three walls first, then make your way backward down the floor and finish with the tailgate.

Rhino Shine Ultra coloursFrom start to finish you can count on a good 45-60 minutes to apply.

With one 16oz bottle, you would be able to cover one ute.

Rhino Shine dries quickly, although cold temperatures or high humidity will affect your drying times. It’s still much faster than the UV Top Coats which can take hours to dry, plus the liner will retain much of its non-side surface.

Rhino Shine Ultra ready does bring an old Rhino back to like-new condition.

Rhino Shine Ultra is available from our Rhino Online store

Military Blast Protection with Rhino Spray Applied Linings

Blast protection with Rhino Spray Applied Liners

Rhino Linings sprayed-on linings form a seamless blast protection providing exceptional structure integrity before, during and after a blast

It’s no secret that Rhino Linings has made a name for itself World Wide with its tough, long lasting ute bed and truck tray linings, but now these spray applied linings can be found protecting the lives of men and women deployed in strategic military locations throughout the world.

While many know of Rhino Linings for our superior protective solutions in the automotive, commercial and industrial markets, we has been quietly expanding our products and services into the Military with some amazing results.

Rhino Linings Australasian head office and manufacturing plant located on Queensland’s Gold Coast has been producing the US Military approved Rexar range of protective linings that have for over 20 years been used in composite amour for vehicles and structures. In addition the Rexar range of products can be found providing corrosion, abrasion, blast protection and blast mitigation solutions in military personnel carriers, helicopters, fleet vehicles, radar towers, bridges, airports, tank skins, field hospitals and mobile communication structures.

Independent testing conducted by New Mexico Tech Energetic Material Research and Testing Centre (EMRTC), proved that Rhino Linings Rexar successfully passed blast mitigating capabilities required for Government facilities.

EMRTC’s testing involved a reaction structure made of up two identical concrete block rooms side by side. The front wall of one structure was lined with the Rhino Linings Rexar product and the other was left in its standard concrete state. A blast was produced in front of the structures simulating a terrorist’s car bomb. During the blast the Rexar was successful in preventing the lined wall from becoming lethal shrapnel. The blast completely demolished the unprotected structure sending lethal shrapnel everywhere within the interior of the structure. The Rexar lined wall flexed under the force of the blast but returned to vertical and remained intact and standing firm.

With the increased measures by Governments around the world to find effective ways to combat terrorism, Rhino Linings is proud to provide a solution that has the capability to protect soldiers, citizens and structural assets.

Rexar provides a huge leap forward in anti-terrorism technology and one that will provide very immediate and tangible benefits for military personnel, equipment, embassies, courthouses and other structures where inhabitant protection is an issue.

Bund Lining and Waterproofing Solutions

Rhino Linings – the experts when it comes to bund lining and waterproofing solutions

When it comes to bund lining and waterproofing, do you have issues with moving concrete substrates, liquid seepage, EPA bunding regulations or just a need to further protect your floors, landings, car parks and concrete tanks?

Bund lining and waterproofing solutions

Rhino Linings can provide superior spray applied protective solutions for all bund lining and waterproofing requirements.

Spray applied and seamless, a Rhino Linings waterproofing membranes totally eliminate potential weaknesses associated with other “joined” membrane products.

With the ability to bond to virtually any surface and the ability to transcend multiple substrates – the possibilities are truly endless.

Rhino bund lining and waterproofing solutions

With Rhino Linings products being a spray-applied polyurethane or pure polyurea, there are many advantages versus other products including:

  1. The products flexibility: Polyurethanes and polyureas move with your substrate and will not crack warp or peel.
  1. Cost Saving: Being spray applied to any thickness in one application, costly down time is significantly reduced compared to sheet lining and high build paint products ultimately saving you money.
  1. Instant Curing: Products are virtually instant curing so can be sprayed at any angle to totally encompass your application or were overhead coverage is required.

Rhino Linings is the manufacturer of the application equipment and of the products used.  This places us in a prime position to provide answers to your various requirements when it comes to waterproofing, containment, protection from vehicular traffic, impact, abrasion and corrosion from our suite of products, which are all designed to perform in differing environments.

Rhino Linings products are environmentally friendly.  They are solvent free, contain no V.O.C’s and even conform with stringent USA EPA regulations.

Additionally, select Rhino coating products have been certified for use in potable water applications and are AQIS accepted.

For further information you can contact Rhino Linings directly on 1300 887 780 to discuss your requirements or contact us to find out more about the Rhino Linings product range.

Concrete Coating Surface Preparation

By the amateur the question is always asked, why is concrete coating surface preparation so important prior to the application of a floor coating system?

Whether you are new to flooring, a specifier, architect or potential customer, understanding the importance of a properly prepared concrete floor prior to the application of an impermeable lining is paramount, especially if it saves you money in the long term. Without correct preparation, concrete coatings will fail resulting in bubbling, blistering and delamination of the lining from the concrete substrate.

Sometimes, the correct concrete coating surface preparation is simply overlooked by both experienced and inexperienced flooring contractors; it may even be the case that the customer wants to cut costs, not understanding the reasoning and importance of correct surface preparation.

To ensure the coating properly adheres to the concrete substrate, a flooring applicator must take into account a number of considerations, which will result in a long lasting, durable, versatile concrete floor coating.

 

The Concrete Slab

newly laid concreteThe age of the concrete substrate itself can be the first issue especially if newly laid. Concrete is formed by mixing cement, sand, stone and water, as the moisture evaporates the mix cross links leaving hardened concrete in its place.  This curing process normally takes around 28 days, issues arise when coatings are applied to slabs that are still curing, leaving laitance on the surface..  The next issue is excessive moisture.  5 % moisture in the slab is the recommended maximum to which an applicator should be going ahead and coating the concrete slab.  There are tests that applicators can carry out to ensure the moisture content is at an acceptable level and will not cause problems further down the track.  With regard to laitance, this has to be water blasted off the concrete before profiling.

 

Surface Preparation and Profiling

Concrete PreparationThe third issue is the actual surface preparation.  This is often the most important part of any successful coating or resurfacing application.  The surface profile must be prepared prior to coating, which allows for strong adhesion and reduces the chance of failure.  The NACE  International standard “Surface Preparation and Coating of Concrete” defines a surface profile as “the roughened surface that results from abrasive blast cleaning or power tool cleaning.  For commercial and industrial indoor jobs, shot blasting is another method to prepare the surface. For residential indoor jobs; scrubbing with detergent, acid washing, neutralizing, rinsing and wet/dry vacuuming is another method of surface preparation when mechanical surface profiling is not easily achieved. After profiling, the surface must be clean from dust, dirt, grease or any loose or foreign material that can interfere with bonding.

 

The Weather & Concrete Coating Surface Preparation

rainy weatherFailure can also occur when a coating is applied under the wrong ambient conditions.  For example, when epoxies either outside or inside are in the curing process they have the ability to draw in moisture caused by high humidity.  Note that humidity should be no higher than 80%, if higher you run the risk of the coating failing.

Tip:  To gauge if a surface is suitable for coating it is necessary to determine the Dew Point, this can be determined by cross-referencing the Ambient Temperature with the Relative Humidity and only lay coatings when the substrate is a minimum of 30C above dew point.

Other issues for coating failures can include:

  • Poor coating thickness
  • Pigments and resins are not blended well enough
  • Abrasion, impact or mechanical damage

Added to the above Murphy’s Law will often apply, if something is going to go wrong, it will go wrong.  Thankfully, if it happens while the coating is being applied you have the ability to correct there and then.

So remember, concrete coating surface preparation is the most important part of any flooring project.  Without it, even the best flooring applicator may experience a coating failure. The cost to repair or replace can be expensive, not to mention the down time involved including customer dissatisfaction  – nobody wants that no matter what line of business you are in.

 

Rhino Linings Industrial Coatings

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At Rhino Linings Australasia, we provide you with a complete range of the latest technologies in pure polyurea and polyurethane coatings for industrial coatings.  Rhino Linings is fast becoming the polyurethane supplier of choice for a number of major builders, mining companies and project managers in the Australasian region.

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