Galvanizing is a widely utilised process for protecting metal from corrosion and is a cost-effective alternative to more expensive materials such as stainless steel and aluminium. The process involves applying a thin coating of zinc to a metal surface, helping to protect the asset from the harsh impact of the surrounding environment.
Prior to galvanizing, the metal surface must undergo a pre-treatment process, to remove any contamination including rust, dirt and scale. This step is critical as the alloying reaction at the heart of the galvanizing process will only occur on a chemically clean surface.
The secret to obtaining a good quality coating lies in the preparation of the surface – and that’s where our tailored solution Galvox comes in. At SEM, we have utilised our technological and chemical expertise to develop the pioneering solution Galvox, which can work in conjunction with our degreaser EcoClean to effectively clean and prepare the surface for galvanizing.
Glavox is a flexible, water-based solution which is pH neutral and non-toxic. The solution has been formulated to target only rust and will not react with the base steel – only the oxides on the surface. This also negates the need for added inhibitors. Logistics costs are drastically reduced as Galvox is supplied in a concentrated form to be diluted with water, thus minimising waste and the impact on the environment.
Not only does Galvox provide multiple economic benefits to various industries but it also achieves high levels of efficiency whilst eradicating common pollution challenges associated to traditional acid-based solvents such as hydrochloric acid. This results in a safer working environment and greatly reduces risks for the user. By utilising the solution, it enables businesses to focus solely on the galvanization process.