Ethanol Plant Water Tank Restoration


Earlier this year, we completed an Ethanol Plant Water Tank Restoration project in Central Missouri. The tank’s current coating system was failing. It had developed rust pockets over time due to the elements, dirt, and buildup as seen in the above picture. Due to the water temperature in the tank, the tank exterior was prone to sweat as the outside temperature rises. The tank sweating created two issues. Number one, the coating solution specified would need to be able to adhere with existing moisture. Number two, this project would need to be completed during the spring before the hot summer temperatures set in. We, therefore, went with a coating solution that could cure with moisture on the surface.


Due to the size of the tank, a man lift was needed to access all areas to blast and paint. We split the tank into a top and bottom section to complete this project as seen in the picture to the right. Once the bottom section was blasted, we applied an epoxy primer to the entire section. The top coat we used provided an extra layer of UV ray protection to keep the tank color from fading in the sunlight over time.


This project was completed in just over one month’s time using a three to four man crew. We were successful in completing this project within our one month time frame and our customer is now having us blast and paint the tank farm located at the same ethanol plant. Do you or someone you know have a tank or silo where the current coating system is failing? Give us a call, we can help. Thank you for reading our blog.