Duremax and Luxathane team up to protect outback road trains
Dulux Protective Coatings are designed to perform even in the harshest conditions. And they don’t come much tougher than the Australian outback.
Road Trains Australia operates a fleet of B-Triple Road Trains to move livestock across the northern half of our vast continent. These Prime Movers travel around 160,000 km a year, most of it on unsealed roads in a cloud of dirt and dust.
Thanks to Dulux PC, the road trains' vibrant paintwork stands up to these rugged conditions. Swirls of flicking stones, harsh UV, fluctuating desert temperatures and wet season storms are all a challenge. Additionally, the finish also needs to withstand regular rounds of high pressure cleaning.
Dulux PC devised a system that begins with the all-important Duremax GPE ZP primer. This high build formula helps protect steel from corrosion.
“This primer can be sanded back easily, and taking this extra step gives the top coat a smoother, shinier finish,” says Rod Mann, Dulux Protective Coatings Technical Sales & Business Development rep for Central Queensland.
The gleaming colours of the topcoat were achieved with three airless spray coats of Luxathane HPX, a full gloss two-component acrylic polyurethane. The formula is designed to create a smooth, hard-wearing finish with good colour retention.
“As you can see in the photos, these road trains look immaculate,” Rod enthuses. “They really do stand out when travelling across Australia’s outback.”
Maintaining these hardworking road trains is a costly task. Road Trains Australia's Depot Managers have been very pleased with the coatings system recommended by Dulux PC. It has proven to be the most effective way to keep these massive movers looking their best.