A question we get a lot is, “Why does EonCoat last longer than other industrial coatings on the market?”
Usually this question comes from folks who have seen the results of our seawater corrosion coating test (top commercial brands vs. EonCoat in an extreme seawater testing environment). The not so simple answer to that question is that at a molecular level, EonCoat behaves very different than normal polymer coatings.
Most coatings meant to protect against corrosion, abrasion, etc. are organic polymers. A polymer is basically a large molecule composed of repeating structural units. In the case of organic polymers, carbon atoms are used to hold together the smaller structural units. This carbon chain is the weak link in organic polymers, the part that breaks down over time. Exposure to heat, sunlight, extreme weather and simply the passage of time will cause the carbon atoms to break down and the coating to eventually fail.
EonCoat has an inherent advantage over polymer coatings. Namely, it’s inorganic so it has no carbon atoms that can break down and cause the coating to fail. EonCoat is a flexible ceramic and nearly insoluble to chemical attacks. The result? Maybe an analogy would work best here. EonCoat is to a rock as polymer coatings are to ripe fruit. Fruit is organic and quickly breaks down in heat and over time. EonCoat, like a rock, is inorganic and behaves differently at the molecular level.
Since EonCoat isn’t organic, it performs better than its organic polymer competition. For example, EonCoat is:
- 5x more corrosion resistant than leading coatings
- More abrasion resistant than epoxies
- VOCs and HAPs free – protects your employees and the environment
- Builds to any thickness in one coat
With recent advances in ceramic technology the question has to be asked. Will organic polymers continue to be the coatings of choice or will specially engineered ceramics begin to replace organic polymers?