CHLOR*RID International Products being Used to Prepare US Navy Ships for Coatings

CHLOR*RID International, Inc., the world's leading source of soluble salt testing and soluble salt removal products, announced today that NAVFAC, United Coatings Corporation, and American Stripping use CHLOR*RID salt removal and CHLOR*TEST salt detection kits for surface preparation to apply coatings to U.S. Navy ships (including SPECWAR counter-terrorism ships), the U.S. Coast Guard, and NAVFAC fuel tanks, towers, water tanks, and pipelines.

NAVFAC Uses CHLOR*RID

NAVFAC (Naval Facilities Command) is the division responsible for the Navy's land-based assets, including fuel tanks, towers, water tanks, and pipelines, etc. It has incorporated the use of CHLOR*RID and CHLOR*TEST into their specifications since in the mid 1990's. According to Daniel Zarate, NAVFAC Paintings & Coatings, SME, "Prior to 1995, it is estimated that at least 3 out of 4 contractors suffered major failures during projects or shortly thereafter. Most coatings did not survive more than 5 to 7 years. Now with changes, including CHLOR*RID, we have an approximately 70 to 90% reduction in lifecycle costs, have reduced premature coating failures and increased service life."

No Need for Repeated Surface Blasting - Follows NAVSEA Specifications for Chloride Cleanliness

American Stripping also uses CHLOR*RID to remove salts from Navy ships and vessels. Previously, to comply with NAVSEA "Standard Items" FY-00 Specification for chloride cleanliness, American Stripping had to repeatedly wash and blast steel surfaces. Now by using CHLOR*RID, they conform to standards without the need to constantly wash and blast, and have completed hundreds of military projects with less cost. CHLOR*RID has been successfully used for salt removal on surfaces of U.S. Navy ships and vessels, including the USS Roosevelt, USS Washington, USS Stennis, USS Reagan, USS Tempest, USS Grasp and the USS Philippine Sea. "NAVSEA has a winner in CHLOR*RID. The United States taxpayer is benefiting from our use of CHLOR*RID's great products," said Todd Randall, President American Stripping (ASCO).

CHLOR *RID Reduces Salts Causing Corrosion and Improves Adhesion

ONR funded research at Carderock, MD by Bowles and Schifler and at CTC, Johnston, PA, by Schultze and Pang concluded that:

  • CHLOR *RID is a very effective salt mitigator using a cold wash at 65 degrees F, and 2000 psi pressure washing and in comparison with other surface cleaning methods tested.
  • Washing with CHLOR*RID results in a 20 to 25% increase in coating adhesion strength relative to DI water washing.
  • CHLOR*RID is effective in the removal of surface oils (test surfaces had been brushed with 10W oil during the screening of various processes for surface preparation).

Other Applications for CHLOR*RID and CHLOR*TEST to Remove Salts from Surfaces:

  • Bridge Structures
  • Mining Facilities
  • Storage Tanks
  • Public Utilities
  • Electronics
  • Offshore Drilling Rigs
  • Process Equipment
  • Pulp and Paper Mills
  • Power Generation Plants
  • Natural Gas Facilities
  • Water treatment
  • Petrochemical Installations
  • Pipelines
  • Cooling Towers
  • Railcars
  • Aircraft

CHLOR*RID and CHLOR*TEST are available immediately from CHLOR*RID International Inc. and their authorized distributors at http://www.chlor-rid.com/distributors/index.php. CHLOR*RID recently announced Chlor*Ion Meter, a patent-pending hand-held digital testing device that electronically measures chloride with an internal ion specific electrode for accurate worry-free testing (available Q2 2010).

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