Common Rubber Lining Questions

If you have questions, we have answers! Get your wisdom from one of the world’s premier rubber lining companies.

How do I know when my tank needs a new lining?

Any evidence of blistering or cracking would warrant an inspection. Abtrex can perform an inspection within days of contact and provide a written inspection report from one of our highly-qualified field representatives.

How is rubber lining applied?

Sheet stock is pre-cut then bonded to a properly prepared substrate. Typically the lining will have 2” laps. The rubber is then vulcanized or cured for maximum performance.

Can rubber linings be repaired?

YES. Typically Abtrex is able to find a suitable chemical cure equivalent that will provide a quick economical repair and alleviate the client’s immediate need and avoid downtime. Contact us for an inspection.

What is the average life expectancy of rubber lining?

Life expectancy ranges from 7-30 years depending on what the lining is being used for.

How much does it cost to line a tank?

Abtrex provides an individualized quote to each of their clients after a careful inspection of their needs. This ensures a more accurate estimate of cost and time. There are many variants that influence cost such as: – type of coating needed – type of surface preparation required – the condition of the surface area to be coated – access to the site

How long does it take to line a tank?

Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to this question because there are so many factors involved. Fortunately, Abtrex Industries has locations in Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Texas to provide a timely response to all of your needs. This includes a nationwide 24 hour emergency response team. Our experience and expertise results in a timely quality repair, which minimizes the time needed to bring you back to full production.

How long does the coating have to dry before I can fill my tank?

Some products cure in just a few minutes, while most other products are completely cured within seven days at 70F. The rate of cure varies depending on the type of products used, ambient temperatures and humidity.

What type of maintenance do you recommend for rubber lining?

Yellowish or green stains are a good indication of acid seepage attacking steel. As the corrosion continues to progress, a moist frothy deposit builds up until a definite leak appears. Abtrex Industries recommends a diligent inspection be scheduled for the exterior of your rubber lined equipment. The lining on the interior of the equipment should also be inspected at every opportunity (2x annually is recommended). Spark testing allows us to search for “pin hole” leaks. However, spark tests should only be performed by someone experienced, as there is a danger of burning leaks into the rubber if the test is not done properly. Abtrex would be happy to schedule a spark test performed by one of our experienced technicians.

Does Abtrex perform field repairs?

YES. Abtrex has 24-hour nationwide response crews available 7 days week, 365 days a year. One of our highly-qualified foremen will be dispatched to your site to assess the situation and report back to you prior to beginning any repairs.

How large of a geographic area does Abtrex cover?

Abtrex Industries serves international clients as far away as China, Brazil, Norway, Korea, Germany, and Mexico. We have been solving complex corrosion control issues for over 40 years. Our experience and ingenuity will help solve your problem quickly when minutes count.