Rusty tanks are more than just an eyesore, they can be warning signs of structural damage. Deterioration and corrosion in industrial storage tanks can let contaminants into your tanks or let liquids seep out. Either way, you can have a significant and expensive problem to fix, especially if you do not catch it quickly.

Regular inspections and painting your water, fuel, and storage tanks can keep them rust and corrosion-free and protected from our hot Arizona summers, temperature fluctuations, rainy conditions, and chemical damage.

Industrial Painting Methods for Water, Fuel, and Storage Tanks

When you work with Ghaster Paintings and Coatings, you get a team of professionals that are experienced with water, fuel, and storage tank painting projects. With more than 45 years of industrial and commercial painting experience, you can trust us to do the job.

As part of our industrial painting methods, here is what you can expect.

On-Site Inspection

Industrial painting contractors in Arizona should start any project with an on-site inspection. A walkthrough will help to assess the specific of your water, fuel, or storage tank project. Often, this includes discussions about the surrounding infrastructure and any unique challenges from your project. These factors can influence the staffing, scheduling, equipment, and coatings needed for the job.

With Ghaster Painting & Coatings, we always do an on-site visit and provide you with a bid within 24 hours after the visit is completed.

Safety Precautions

When working with water, fuel, or storage tanks, industrial painting methods must always include a careful review of the safety precautions to secure the job site and keep everyone safe. This includes painting contractors and any employees that may work in nearby areas.

This is especially for elevated storage tanks, which present the added danger of slips or falls. Regardless of the project, Industrial painting contractors in Arizona should have OSHA-approved rigging and safety lines to support painting crews and the equipment used on the job. Every worker on-site should also have passed OSHA safety training.

Interior storage tanks also present additional concerns, such as the need for adequate ventilation, the use of multi-gas monitors (if required), and specialized staging equipment.

Surface Prep

Exterior and interior surfaces must be properly prepared before painting and coatings can be applied. Surfaces need to be free of rust and corrosion as well as other contaminants, dirt, mold, mildew, bacteria, and old coatings that need to be removed.

Depending on the job, this may require sandblasting or other abrasive or chemical prep work.

Project Timing

The timing of industrial painting projects is always a factor. Depending on your location and operations, you may be able to vacate the area while the work is done. In other cases, you may need to continue working. At Ghaster Painting & Coatings, we will work with you to create a schedule that minimizes disruption.

Weather also plays a role. When the weather is too hot, coatings may not dry or cure properly and be unsafe for work crews. Rain and moisture can also impact scheduling.

Use of Coatings

Painting storage tanks requires multiple steps. After surface preparation is completed, primers and several coats of finish paint may need to be applied. Depending on the tank and application, we will choose the appropriate type of coatings, including industrial enamel paint or elastomeric paint, a watertight paint that is up to ten times denser than regular paints.

At Ghaster Painting & Coatings, we use high-quality coatings that will make your storage tanks look great and provide long-lasting, durable finishes that will hold up to the elements.

Regulatory Compliance

There are hundreds of coating standards for different types of storage tanks and how they are applied. The team of professionals at Ghaster Painting & Coatings has training on techniques and makes sure to comply with any appropriate standards or regulations.

We handle the permitting and coordinate our work with a third-party SSPC/NACE coatings inspector and our customer Safety Team.

Site Clean Up

When the job is finished, you should not be left with a mess on your hands. We clean up after ourselves and leave you with a professional, polished look.


With the right industrial painting methods, your water, fuel, or storage tank coatings should last a long time and help extend the life span of your tanks. Ghaster Painting & Coatings provides an industry-leading warranty.

As an Arizona industrial painting contractor, we work hard to exceed your expectations and provide a disruptive-free, hassle-free experience. Contact us to learn about our industrial painting methods or request a bid.

Author Kirsten Ghaster

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