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The most common reason for containment system failures is cracks due to aging and natural settling. All substrates move, but many containment systems lack flexibility.

BCI industrial spray coatings specializes in fuel storage containment coatings systems within the petroleum storage fuel terminal industry, railroad industry, and wastewater/water industry. Our spray-applied structural coating systems are some of the strongest in the industry. For more than 30 years, customers have trusted our expertise to provide customized solutions to meet their environmental compliance issues.

Before (left) and after (right) using concrete containment coating at JFK airport’s jet fuel tank farm


As part of our portfolio of engineered secondary containment solutions, we combine our market leading, patented spray technology with versatile containment options and water filtration systems to provide custom systems to meet our customers’ needs. Our proven expertise in fuel containment and industrial coatings allows us to offer an expansive portfolio of products and services from a single source, ensuring the best possible solution tailored to your application, while complying with applicable environmental regulations.

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Environmentally Compliant Products and Certified Services Available Worldwide

  • Secondary containment industrial coatings and systems
  • Internal and external pipeline coatings and repair
  • Clarifiers, holding tanks (internal and external)
  • Concrete basins
  • T.R.A.P.S. – overfill protection system and leak detection
  • Tank farm liner systems (Ethylene Polymer PVC with Elvaloy® Technology Geomembrane and HDPE)
  • Reservoir lining and waterproofing (installations & repairs) PolySeam® liner system
  • Storage tank roof coating system
  • Manhole rehabilitation and repair
  • Pipeline repair
  • Storm water management and spill products
  • Silo rehabilitation
  • Site dismantling
  • Dock and rail car containment systems

*Elvaloy® is a registered trademark of DuPont.

Related Spray Coating Information

Add flexibility and strength to your containment system with Basic Concepts’ industrial coating products.  

Designed for the railroad industry, fuel terminal industry, petrochemical, and wastewater/water industry, BCI’s industrial spray coatings are some of the strongest on the market. Trusted by our customers for more than 30 years, our coatings help create a more seamless containment system, allowing for greater flexibility and helping reduce failures due to aging and natural settling. Our spray coating solutions set rapidly, easily bond to most substrates, and withstand both temperature fluctuations and surface movement.

In addition to our flexible, chemical-resistant substrate coating, we also provide coating for the repair of containment leaks and cracks, for internal and external coating of containment tanks, and for secondary containment systems. These coatings can be readily applied to a wide range of different materials, including both steel and concrete. They are also fully compliant with EPA and state regulations.

To order industrial spray coating from Basic Concepts Inc., fill out our quick order form and one of our professional sales associates will contact you about your request. We also do more than just sell the coating — we’ll apply it for you, as well. 

Why Industrial Spray Coating Is Important

Whether being used to store fuel, petrochemicals, or wastewater, containment systems are placed under a great deal of daily stress. In addition to the wear and tear that occurs as a part of day-to-day use, they also tend to be subjected to extreme temperature fluctuations, harmful UV rays, and cracks due to aging and settling. If left unchecked, any of these can cause a containment system to fail.  

To safeguard against this failure and ensure greater equipment longevity, industrial coatings should be applied to floor surfaces, containment tanks, piping, and other machinery where relevant. In addition to making it simpler to maintain these systems through general wear and tear, chemical and corrosion-resistant coatings allow containment tanks to be kept in service longer and returned to service quickly. Spray coating also allows for quick, long-lasting repair of containment leaks, cracks and joints which cannot be properly repaired via traditional caulking or sealants. 

Elongation, tensile strength, and resistance to stored fuels and chemicals are imperative, and these are traits that non-industrial sealants generally lack. 

Industrial Spray Coating Requirements & Regulations

Per both state and federal regulations, you are generally required to operate both primary and secondary containment systems to prevent the escape of potential contaminants. These systems must be both regularly monitored and properly maintained. Containment systems must be free of cracks and faults, shielded against precipitation and other environmental hazards, durable enough to hold whatever materials you’re storing there for an extended amount of time, and capable of containing either 10 percent of the total volume of your containers or 100 percent of the largest container

Failure to follow this guidance can lead to steep fines. 

In 2009, for instance, the Environmental Protection Agency required Anadarko Petroleum Co. and two other companies to pay a civil penalty of over $1 million. The companies were also required to revise their spill prevention and containment plans, a process that cost over $8 million. A later settlement saw Anadarko $5.15 billion for fraudulent conveyance claims. 

Similarly, direct discharge of wastewater or other pollutants into the water, even negligently, can result in either one year of imprisonment or a fine of between $2,500-$25,000 a day. This means that if you aren’t properly maintaining your containment system and a leak occurs, you’re liable for any damage it causes to the waters around your facility. If it’s found that you didn’t use the proper industrial coating or materials, the fines could be even higher, as this may signify willfulness in your violation, something which both the EPA and OSHA look extremely severely on. 

OSHA issued $545,000 in penalties to Dover Chemical Co. after a 2012 leak. According to the agency, four of these violations were willful. They included failure to correct after compliance audits, inadequate process safety information, improper training, and failure to detail the construction materials used in piping and components. 

Believe it or not, aside from mandating the usage of a containment system, neither the EPA nor OSHA has any specific regulations on what it must look like only on how specific chemicals should safely be stored. It’s advisable that you work with your engineers to determine the safest, most effective way to both store and contain any hazardous materials or waste. Once you’ve established a safe process, the proper spray coatings can become an essential part of your containment system. 

It’s also important to note that the EPA has strict guidelines about what chemicals these coatings can contain, and in what concentration. Although these guidelines primarily apply to manufacturers, you should at least make yourself aware of them. Using an improper or unregulated coating may put your workers at risk, and could also compromise the integrity of your systems. 

Choosing and Applying Industrial Spray Coating

In order to select the right industrial coating for your specific needs, you need to consider several factors.

  • Substrate and Equipment Materials. What does your substrate consist of? To what other components or pieces of equipment do you need to apply the coating, and what are they made of?  Can the coating handle movement or shifts in your substrate? 
  • Purpose. Are you storing petrochemicals? Managing wastewater? Working with corrosive materials? Different processes and chemicals will require different types of coating. 
  • Environment. This includes weather, air quality, and humidity.  As you might expect, it’s imperative that, before you apply spray coating to a substrate or other material, you clean and dry it thoroughly. 
  • Curing process. What’s involved in allowing the coating to set and cure? Are there any additional steps you should take? 
  • Thickness. How much coating needs to be applied in order to meet your specific needs? 

Industrial Spray Coating Solutions for Storage and Containment

Industrial spray coating helps improve equipment longevity, protecting against wear and tear from weather, settling, and chemicals. By using it properly, you can not only keep your equipment operational for longer but also help prevent costly leaks and spills. BCI’s industrial spray coating has a wide range of applications, is easy to use, and meets both state and EPA regulations.

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