Protect almost anything with literally indestructible paint
What do the Pentagon, truck bedliners, oil platforms in the North Sea, and bulletproof vests have in common? The answer is indestructible paint. Indestructible paint came to fame as a viral sensation when a group of Australians coated a watermelon with it and dropped it from a height of 45 metres. To boost the fame the same group conducted the test also for an egg. Amazingly, not only did the watermelon not shatter, it bounced, same happened to the egg. However, indestructible coating has so many more uses than fruit and egg protection; Originally designed to protect vehicles, indestructible paint has uses in sectors from heavy industrial and agricultural to marine and offshore.
In this article we will describe the incredible properties of indestructible paint, how to use them for your project, and where to find this extremely strong, yet flexible coating in Canada.
What makes indestructible paint indestructible
Indestructible paint is a proprietary blend of a coating called polyurea. Though the exact formula is kept secret, the coating is essentially a combination of an isocyanate and a polyol resin. The polyol works like a plasticiser, and when the two components are combined they react resulting in a long chain molecule. It is these chains are responsible for the coating’s indestructible properties – all tangled up together, they make the coating hard and impenetrable, but because the chains can stretch out and return to place, it remains flexible. This gives the paint incredible tensile strength and tear resistance.
One of the best examples of this strength are the coating’s use in military applications. The Pentagon has its exterior walls coated in order to protect the building and its occupants from shrapnel, the main cause of injury in a explosion. It is also used in bulletproof vests to catch and contain bullet fragments when the bullet breaks apart on impact.
Not only indestructible – 7 more benefits of indestructible paint
Not only is indestructible coating strong and flexible, it also brings many more benefits to a project. Due to the properties of the coating and its application, indestructible coating also provides:
- Fast return to service time – touch dry in seconds like traditional polyurea
- Cures in any shape applied – allows creativity and functionality
- High abrasion resistance and impact protection
- Chemical resistance
- Watertight and airtight monolithic membrane – prevents corrosion and resists water
- No cracking, splitting, or warping – extreme durability
- No VOCs, no CFCs, no solvents – environmentally friendly
Applications and methods of indestructible coating
Indestructible paint is a hot sprayed polyurea, which dries in seconds to minutes. The process is time sensitive because, once the 2 components of the coating are combined, the reaction begins immediately and cannot be reversed. Due to this, the coating application requires a special spray gun. The two components are pressurised then pumped into the gun through heated hoses. They are combined and sprayed at the same moment. This means that there is only seconds from the moment of spraying to having a dry surface.
The ease of application and desirable qualities of the coating mean it finds applications in all industries from agriculture and machinery to marine and military sectors.
A few of the most common uses for indestructible paint include:
- Secondary containment and bund lining
- Roofing membranes
- Car park decks
- Light plant and machinery
- Truck bed lining
- Boat deck ramps, and cargo holds
- Silos and feed containers
Indestructible coating availability in Canada
Line-X is the company responsible for indestructible paint, and they have approved installers and applicators across Canada. The Line-X coating is also available ordered online via the official website. The price of 5 L of the indestructible coating is about 600 CAD.
If you are interested in companies that provide polyurea coating services, head to our polyurea page for more information. For any questions or enquiries you may have, our experts are here to help. Just use the “Request a quote” button below and we, in cooperation with our coating partners, will connect you with the paint solution for your needs. Just get in touch and we will help you with your coating project.
Below is one of the viral videos that got people talking – watch to see just how protective and indestructible coating can be.