Steel structures have often been painted with good, unbroken films which have lasted as long as ten years without repainting, in reasonably dry and unpolluted areas. To endeavour to reach such an ideal state on the steel structures and plants which are essential features of a large integrated steelworks is a much more costly and difficult process. It must be appreciated that much of the plant engaged in or ancillary to the production of iron and steel operates continuously with very few shutdown periods for maintenance. This is particularly true of the coke‐oven and by‐products plants and unfortunately much of the corrosion at steelworks is due to the operating conditions which are necessary for the continuous production of coke. In this article the maintenance painting of steelworks in similar conditions is described.
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