“The difference with our material is that it has to be applied on an annual or semi-annual basis,” Pearson explains. “If you can apply the product to the vehicle at the same time that that vehicle is in for servicing, you haven’t interrupted anything, and you haven’t added to the cost of the maintenance, except in a minimal way. And the payback, the ROI, is going to be huge.”
“One thing that makes our product different from other corrosion coatings is that we combine insulating ability with corrosion control,” says Francesca Crolley, VP operations and marketing, Industrial Nanotech. The company’s product, Nansulate, is being used by refrigerated produce fleets, both underneath the truck and on the box, to keep heat from the road from penetrating the truck while protecting against corrosion.
“The product was first designed to fight corrosion and help insulation on pipelines,” Crolley says. “In that application, they have to insulate their pipelines with fiberglass, and that causes corrosion at the interface of the pipe and the insulation. Our coating combining the two elements eliminates that.”
Nansulate is a product of nanotechnology. As Crolley explains, the product is made up of small particles that are highly moisture-resistant—even though they are in a water-based resin—which allows them to stick to surfaces when applied with a brush or a paint spray gun. Once Nansulate cures, it’s corrosion-resistant and mold-resistant.
Eureka Chemical Company manufactures Fluid Film, a wool-wax based product line of rust preventives and lubricants.
According to Dan Williams, sales and marketing representative for Eureka Chemical Company, Fluid Film was developed in the 1940’s to help combat salt-water corrosion for US Navy vessels. “Because it’s not solvent-based, Fluid Film will not evaporate, meaning significantly more usable product with a much higher flash point of 405º,” Williams says. “Fluid Film’s all-natural lanolin base actually imbeds into the pores of metal, where it sets up an unyielding barrier against moisture and corrosion, resisting fly off and water wash off.
“The product will also protect battery terminals and vehicle undersides for at least a year, and is used by International Truck in their manufacturing process, as well as sold throughout their dealer network,” he says.
ECK, a product of Vannay LLC, has been distributed to the truck and trailer industry by Powerbrace Corporation for several years now. Paul Meixensperger, director of sales and marketing for Powerbrace, sees the biggest potential for ECK in the emergency response vehicle, ambulance, and fire truck market.
“ECK is used on all the joints, anywhere you have dissimilar metals, where you can find rust and corrosion, “Meixensperger explains. “We offer it to anyone who buys from us, as an ancillary product, to complement the other products that we sell.
“A perfect place to use it is where the hinges are mounted on the door skin,” says Meixensperger. “The old method of segregating that hinge is to cut mylar tape and put it between the hinge and the door skin. The only problem is that the mylar tape absorbs moisture, whereas ECK dispels moisture and eliminates it.”
The product is also well-suited for waterproofing electrical connections. It can be sprayed directly into the connector, where it forms a watertight connection when male and female ands are joined.
ECK comes in an aerosol spray, and in quart cans. Small parts, such as fasteners, can be dipped in the quart cans, or it can be rolled on or brushed onto surfaces, for a one-time application.