Agriculture is a unique industry. No matter how much control you have, there are always factors out of your hands: drought, changing climates, emission requirements, global trade policies, the list goes on. Fortunately, there is one factor you can control — one that will otherwise destroy your structures and machinery. That’s right, we’re talking about rust.
With the help of Nyalic©, combating rust is simple. But first, let’s go over the basics.
How does rust affect equipment?
Rust can cause equipment to break and take years of your machinery’s lifespan. When rust is left untreated, it can spread and weaken the iron (or iron alloy, like steel). Eventually, that can lead to expensive repairs or a need for replacement. On top of those unexpected costs, equipment prices fluctuate and rise. When machinery breaks, there’s no time to wait — leading to even more fees and rushed expenses. Maintaining equipment properly can be the difference between a successful year and a loss. Between structure and equipment, rust can cause serious damage on any farm.
Why are farms so susceptible to rust?
In addition to outdoor elements like oxygen and moisture, farms are full of chemicals that can accelerate the rusting process. From galvanized structures to sheeting, large quantities of fertilizer, manure, pesticides and chemicals create a high risk for rust.
How can I protect my equipment?
Rust can create enormous issues on your farm, but you can prevent it with a few crucial steps:
Inspect your equipment
To prevent damage to your machinery, always be sure to inspect it before use. If you find any rust on your equipment, treat it right away before it worsens. No matter what, it’s always better to catch rust early than late.
Store equipment inside
You can’t store everything including iron indoors, but it’s highly recommended to store as much as possible in well-sheltered areas. Keeping equipment away from elements like oxygen, moisture, and chemicals can help you maximize its lifespan.
Dehumidify indoor spaces
Controlling moisture is key to preventing rust. Protect sheds and any equipment stored indoors by investing in a dehumidifier.
Look out for scratches
If your equipment gets scratched, rust could spread throughout the equipment. While scratches are difficult to prevent on a farm, you can keep note of any scratched items. Be sure to pay close attention to these areas, and treat them quickly to protect them.
Coating is essential to protecting your farming equipment, machinery, and structures. There are many different types of coating, from nylon to polyester. Choosing the right type of coating can make a big impact on the overall lifespan of your equipment.
Choose a trusted brand
Nyalic’s strength has been proven time and time again but most notably when North American Rockwell selected it for the Apollo space capsule after testing over 300 options. Because the space vehicles needed to withstand extremes never before experienced, the team needed coating that would meet high-performance parameters. Nyalic was the winner, offering a durable yet flexible coating that withstands UV rays, prevents corrosion and oxidation, and performs at a film thickness as low as five microns.
How can Nyalic help?
So, what makes Nyalic different from other coating options? Nyalic offers a clear-coat protection that is water-clear, flexible, and hard-coat resin. This coating protects against corrosive elements including water, salt, dirt, urine, fertilizers, and pesticides. Because Nyalic Clear Coat Protection doesn’t yellow, crack, peel, or flake, it is permanent protection for your equipment. Over time, this coating forms a seal that inhibits paint oxidation, metal corrosion, pitting, and staining.
Interested in learning more about the Nyalic process and how it can help with your rust prevention needs? Call us for a custom assessment. We’re happy to talk you through your best sealant coating options, and how to make the most out of your agriculture investment.