This blog post is a step-by-step guide on how to repair tank and vessel metal loss using the solution, Belzona 1161.
What is the Surface-Tolerant Epoxy, Belzona 1161?
Belzona 1161 is a two-component, 100% paste-grade, surface-tolerant epoxy for tank and vessel repair. Customers can use the product for repairing and rebuilding machinery and equipment. The fully machinable product displaces fluid from the substrate. Meaning, that they can apply the product to wet or oily surfaces as well as for underwater applications.
Key Benefits of Belzona 1161:
- Easy to apply
- Cold cure
- Chemical resistance
- Electrical insulation
- Fully machinable
- Immersion resistance
How To Repair Tank and Vessel Metal Loss: A Step-By-Step Guide
Locate and mark off the damaged area of the tank and vessel.
Using a suitable power tool, prepare the repair area to SP11 cleanliness level to achieve a clean and roughened surface. It is ideal for a strong bond between the surface-tolerant coating and the substrate.
Measure equal parts of the Base and Solidifier and transfer them to the mixing board.
Mix all the parts in a figure 8 motion to achieve a uniform color and streak-free consistency.
Wash down the tank and vessel repair area with Belzona 9111 (Cleaner/Degreaser). Or use any other approved cleaner to remove all dirt, grease, and surface contaminants.
Using masking tape, mask off the repair area.
Apply a thin layer of the material to the repair area pushing it well into the prepared profile once the product is mixed. This will help to create a strong bond between the repair material and the substrate.
Next, wet out the pre-measured reinforcement tape with Belzona 1161. Apply the tape, coated side down, to the repair covering the entire area. Be sure to apply the tape with at least 50% overlap to provide a strong and durable repair.
Smooth out the applied product. Then, apply the second layer of pre-measured tape in the same manner as the first one.
After applying both layers, overcoat the repair area with extra Belzona 1161. This will help to encapsulate the tank and vessel repair and provide more protection against corrosion and other forms of damage.
Inspect the repair area to make sure the tape is fully encapsulated, with no creases or valleys. Ensure that the repair ends at the prepared substrate.
After completing the repair, be sure to allow it to cure according to Belzona’s instructions for use.
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