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Low maintenance solution to keep mining trains moving

Low maintenance solution to keep mining trains moving

Dulux Protective Coatings has played an integral role in the supply of protective coatings for a new maintenance railcar facility in Port Hedland, a central hub for the delivery of iron ore from various mine sites throughout the North West of WA.

Built using 300 tonnes of carbon steel by local fabricator Metro Steel WA, the new structure needed protection against corrosion and abrasion, along with critical colour identification of various elements of the facility through a durable topcoat that could withstand all the knocks, bumps and scratches sustained in a busy maintenance setting.

“The applicator, Kaefer Integrated, selected Dulux Protective Coatings from the asset owner’s list of preferred suppliers due to their familiarity with our products and their excellent application properties,” says Dulux PC Business Development Executive, Joel Bock. “They also knew they could rely on the Rockingham Dulux Trade Centre to deliver the coatings to site in full and on time.”

Fabricated by Metro Steel WA at their Bibra Lake yard, the structure’s components were fabricated and shipped to Kaefer for coating before they were sent north to Port Hedland for assembly and construction.

Specified by the asset owner’s coating specification , our zinc rich epoxy primer Zincanode 402 Primer was nominated to provide heavy-duty protection against corrosion. This single coat system was used across all of the internal structural framing as seen in the image. For all critical areas of the rail car facility including monorails and handrails, a 3 coat paint system was nominated. A combination of zinc rich epoxy, epoxy mastic (Durebild STE) and catalyzed acrylic (Acrathane IF) finished in the Australian standard colour for safety Y14 Golden Yellow was selected to protect these areas of the facility. The system achieved a smooth, glossy finish that will minimise the structure's maintenance costs for many years to come.

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