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Demister Internals


Demister Internals


Steel Manufacturing,



Nov 2010,



Mild steel structure,



Chem-tect™ RB 332,



Blast Furnace Gas and recirculated process water,



Leading steel manufacturer has a demister in service since ’96 without internal coating protection. Deposits of sulphur, zinc and oxygen caused corrosion pitting 10mm deep in the demister internals. Weld repairs to localised corrosion pitting caused water and blast furnace gas leaks. Microbiological induced corrosion had resulted in extensive surface corrosion and pit-filling posed a time-constraint.

Client wanted a coating to extend shell life. Job had to be completed during shutdown duration of 72 hours with only 50 hours allocated to coating application.


Demister internals from outside  Demister internalDemister internal completed

Demister externals              Pitting build-up              Finished product


Chemco’s Solution:

We recommended RB 332, glassflake filled vinyl ester, for its quick cure time, low moisture vapour transmission rate, and excellent corrosion and electrical isolation protection in wet environments. This specialty coating provides excellent corrosion/erosion resistance.



  • Abrasive blasting of demister internals to remove dense residue
  • Potassium Ferrous Cyanide to determine surface cleanliness
  • Grinding and weld repairs to perforations
  • 1st coat of RB 332 sprayed on to highlight pitting
  • DFT checks done after first coat and pit filling
  • Re-abrasive blasted floor to remove surface corrosion
  • Further pit filling to ensure quality coating
  • Top coat applied



As a result of the fast cure and good project management, the demister was back in service on time despite various delays. Coating was completed to client’s expectations and future scheduled inspections and additional tests will give a good indication of lifespan extension of demister internals.


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