WASHINGTON STATE DOT LAUNCHES COMPREHENSIVE ANTI-CORROSIVE TEST
Fleet Will Independently Determine What Really Works
Olympia, Washington – January 22, 2009: “There’s been a great deal of talk, but not enough honest effort to find an anti-corrosion solution for the transportation industry,” states a frustrated Joe Stinton, Equipment Technician for Washington State DOT. “Since the industry isn’t anxious to do it, we’ve decided to do it ourselves.”
As a large fleet, Washington State DOT faces the same issues affecting other transportation companies – including corrosion.
“Advancements in de-icing chemicals have improved our ability to keep the roadways safe,” adds Stinton, “but it may have also accelerated the corrosion process. Components, fuel tanks, even the dump bodies are corroding before they should – and it’s affecting our maintenance program.”
WSDOT sought a solution to their problem. While there were several specialty coatings in the marketplace claiming to slow corrosion, nothing appeared to offer the type of protection they desired. Stinton thought he had reached a dead-end, but then received a tip from a colleague that showed some promise.
“I followed up a referral, but the company made claims that were almost too good to be true,” says Stinton. “But they wouldn’t back down when I pressed them. Finally, I asked if they’d be willing to prove themselves in a real-world test, and to my surprise, they did.”
The company, PRP Industries, headquartered in Michigan, worked with Stinton and others at WSDOT to create a test that would prove definitively the anti-corrosive properties of their own product, along with several other coatings.
“Corsol® is by far, the most effective anti-corrosion treatment available,” says a confident Phil Pierce, President of PRP Industries, “and we recognized this as a great opportunity to prove it once-and-for-all. On December 15th, we coated one of their dump bodies along with various individual components. We also added a number of test panels in strategic locations.”
In addition to the Corsol® Anti-Corrosion treatment, the trucks also have components and panels that are coated with other potential solutions. These trucks are running their standard routes throughout the rugged Washington State terrain during the harsh and demanding winter conditions of the Northwest.
“If any of these coatings are effective, we’ll know it in the spring,” quips Stinton. “We’re running this test independently as we see fit, in real-world conditions. We’re not really interested in lab tests. We want to see how these products perform out on the roads. Last I checked, we’re not removing any snow from laboratories.”