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Kansai Plascon supervises bridge project in Lesotho

Kansai Plascon has provided an on-site monitoring service for a major bridge sandblasting project in Lesotho, which also used specialist products from its Protective Coatings division.

The project required sand-blasting the steel bridge surfaces to ISO 8501-1:2007 (Sa 2½).  This was followed by an application of a zinc-rich epoxy primer, and two coats each of Plascotuff Epoxy MIO Intermediate Coat and Plascothane 9000 Polyurethane Acrylic.

“Our on-site monitoring of the application involved spot checks on the surface preparation, as well as Dry Film Thickness (DFT) readings,” explains Mike Byrd, National Protective Coatings Specification Manager, Kansai Plascon.

Kansai Plascon had technical specialists on-site for the project, which was completed successfully on 27 November 2015. The Protective Coatings division has had prior experience with bridge projects, which stood it in good stead in clinching the Lesotho contract.

Byrd adds that the success achieved with this particular project was also due to Kansai Plascon’s 360° guarantee system, which involves the end user, applicator and the coatings manufacturer itself, all backed up by dedicated aftersales support.

Plascotuff Epoxy MIO Intermediate Coat is a two-component polyamide epoxy containing micaceous iron oxide. It provides a high-build barrier coating for protecting steel in aggressive conditions, as well as an abrasion-resistant coat for shop-coated steel.

Plascothane 9000 Polyurethane Acrylic is a two-component re-coatable polyurethane acrylic high-performance finish for maintenance and new construction, with an excellent decorative appearance. It features high gloss and colour retention, long-term protection and durability, and is available in a range of colours. An added benefit is that a high DFT can be achieved with a single application.

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About Kansai Plascon
In 2012, the company formerly known as Plascon South Africa was renamed Kansai Plascon, after a merger with Japanese company Kansai Paint, the world’s sixth-largest coatings company. Kansai Plascon continues to champion the Plascon brand as it expands into Africa as one of the continent’s top coatings companies.

Kansai Plascon Contact
Mareta le Roux
Senior Marketing Manager for Industrial Coatings
Phone: (011) 861 0300


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