Wessex Galvanizers, part of Wedge Group Galvanizing Ltd, supplied the Galvacoat® paint system to John Reid & Sons for two commercial warehouses in Jersey, measuring 29m and 38m wide by 45m long.

John Reid & Sons was commissioned to design, fabricate, and erect the warehouses on behalf of their customer. who required the paint to ensure it was protected against corrosion in the coastal environment.


Andy Davies, Production/Quality Manager at John Reid & Sons (REIDsteel), explained: “Wessex Galvanizers have long been galvanizing our steelwork for projects all over the world, but this is the first time we’ve used the Galvacoat® product. The project required parts of the structure to be given a long-life exterior finish to match some features that were already powder-coated.”

“It would be a difficult task to powder-coat such a large item, and Galvacoat® seemed to be the most viable option, without compromising quality. The product provides a good exterior finish, similar to that of a marine-type protective coating, and can be easily applied over galvanized steel both on and off-site.”


Richard Whiddett, Commercial Manager at Wessex Galvanizers, said that: “hot dip galvanizing has consistently proved to be one of the most robust and effective finishes for protection against corrosion.”

“However, using standard paints on galvanized steel can often lead to issues with adhesion, and if the paint doesn’t bond adequately with the galvanized surface, it can peel or flake prematurely, resulting in an aesthetically poor finish.”

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