Morbark Converts to Urethane Industrial Coating

Mon February 22, 2010 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

The exterior paint on Morbark equipment is changing. The company recently converted to Morthane, a two component urethane industrial topcoat with a two component urethane primer, for a complete chemically-cured coating system. Morthane, exclusively developed for Morbark, has an excellent gloss finish with superior color retention, more durability, chip resistance and corrosion protection, as well as chemical resistance to antifreeze, diesel fuel and hydraulic fluid, according to the manufacturer.

Jim Shoemaker Jr., Morbark vice president of operations stated, “Morthane isn’t a generic, one-size-fitsall urethane product. Because of the custom development of this product our customers can be assured of a top quality coating that meets their expectations and leapfrogs the rest of the industry.”

NCP Coatings Inc., of Niles, Mich., Morbark’s exclusive paint supplier, has worked closely with key members of the Morbark team to specifically formulate a coating to precisely fit Morbark’s customer needs. Morthane has been customized to Morbark by taking into account the size and drying times of the different pieces of machinery. In addition, it includes a resin developed for use by the military for resistance to chemical agents. Throughout development, paint tests included accelerated weathering, gravelometer, corrosion/salt spray, adhesion and hardness tests, among others.

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