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Painting Diesel Fuel Storage Tanks for CN Railroad in Iowa and Illinois

Location:Iowa &, Illinois
Location:Iowa &, Illinois

Client and Facility Overview

CN Railroad, a major player in the North American rail transportation sector, operates an extensive network that includes routes in Iowa and Illinois. CN Railroad's facilities include several diesel fuel tanks that are integral to its operations. Due to their proximity to the tracks and their critical role, these tanks require meticulous maintenance to meet specific regulatory standards.

Requested Maintenance

CN Railroad asked us to paint three diesel fuel tanks to not only increase their longevity, but also to align safety regulations and aesthetic standards. This involved extensive cleaning, preparation and painting processes to ensure optimal results.

Scope of Work

  • Power Washing: We utilized our 6000 PSI power washer to remove loose debris and contaminants from the sides of the tanks, preparing them for the coating process. This step was crucial for ensuring proper adhesion of the paint.
  • Sandblasting: The tops of the tanks required sandblasting to remove the rough and deteriorated surfaces down to clean metal. This is essential for the effective application of the coatings.
  • Coatings Application: Following the preparation, we applied high-quality coatings designed to withstand the harsh environmental conditions and the specific requirements of diesel fuel storage.
  • Logo and Lettering: To complete the project, new logos and lettering were applied to the tanks, bringing them back to life and ensuring they met CN Railroad’s branding standards.

Notable Details

Special Regulations and Insurance

Given the nature of the fuel tanks, this project required adherence to strict regulations. In addition, due to the proximity of the tanks to the railroad, special insurance was obtained to cover the unique risks associated with the project.

Handling Vertical Piping

The tanks featured vertical piping that could have posed challenges. However, our experienced crew skillfully worked around these elements, ensuring that the final finish was flawless and unimpeded by the complex tank features.

Safety and Compliance

Throughout the project, safety was paramount. We followed stringent procedures to protect our team and the surrounding environment, complying with OSHA guidelines and CN Railroad’s safety protocols. This included the use of proper PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and safety measures to manage the project safely.

Client Satisfaction

CN Railroad was highly satisfied with our ability to meet the stringent requirements and deliver a high-quality finished product. Our expertise in industrial painting and commitment to detailed project management ensured that the tanks are now protected, visually appealing, and compliant with all relevant standards.

Looking to ensure your industrial assets are well-maintained and compliant with all regulations? Request an Estimate from Painters USA today!

Location:Iowa &, Illinois
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