Discover answers to some frequently asked questions about gasket and seal coatings in our educational blog.
What is gasket sealing?
Gasket sealers hold a gasket in place between the flanges while reinforcing the integrity and strength of the joint in order to prevent breakdowns.
How do you protect a gasket?
The main ways to protect a gasket include:
- Flange rings
Why should I coat gaskets and seals?
You have several reasons to coat your gaskets and seals.
- Make them stand out from other parts. Maybe it’s just for aesthetic reasons that you need your gaskets and seals to stand out from the main parts of your assembly.
- Damage protection. An anti-stick coating on your gaskets protects them from damage when you need to provide some slip movement in your joint, which allows them to move with the flanges. Coating your seals protects them from physical wear and chemical damage, especially if you have friction or chemicals involved.
- Easier to take apart. Coating your gaskets and seals makes your equipment more manageable when and if you need to clean it or repurpose it.
- Improving the seals. Applying the right coating to gaskets and seals provides micro-sealability, particularly when you have the potential for leaks.
- Your machines operate in harsh conditions. Do you have machines that work in extreme heat or cold? How about high or low pressures? Coating your gaskets and seals can protect them from catastrophic breakdowns.
How should I coat gaskets and seals?
This is a multi-step process.
- Decide if a gasket or seal coating is suitable for you. You may find that not all of your equipment requires an extra layer of protection.
- Choose a professional company to partner with. Your chosen vendor should have expertise in the field to meet your precise requirements. That means you should choose a company with engineering expertise.
- Know what coatings work with what materials. Your vendor should be able to pinpoint what types of coatings work with various materials. Aluminum and steel gaskets need different coatings than plastic ones. For seals, rubber might require a different chemistry compared to silicone.
- What type of coating are you looking for? Anti-stick coatings offer different properties than ones providing enhanced sealing.
- Size and shape. The dimensions and size of your gaskets and seals may determine how your chosen coating company handles the job. Smaller parts may need less time, while bigger ones could take longer.
You should always go with a professional company that knows what it’s doing when choosing the right coatings for gaskets and seals. The best ones offer a collaborative environment while offering references and hard data for you to examine as you decide how to invest your company’s money.
What company offers gasket and seal coating services?
Coating Systems, based in Harrison, Ohio, and Greater Cincinnati, offers gasket and seal coatings that protect your equipment and extend the life of your machines.