The 167-foot water tank in Destin was fabricated and erected by Phoenix Fabricators and Erectors, Inc. and primed inside and out using Tnemec’s moisture-cured, zinc-rich primer for potable water storage, Series 91-H2O Hydro-Zinc.
American Suncraft Co, Inc., then applied a full coat of a potable water-approved polyamide epoxy coating on the tank exterior, followed by a coat of Series 73 Endura-Shield, a time-tested and reliable acrylic polyurethane coating. This coating system was topcoated using Tnemec’s UV-resistant fluoropolymer finish, Series 700 HydroFlon, to provide long-term color and gloss retention.“We knew the tank would need a long-lasting topcoat to ensure its design stays vibrant, especially in the coastal climate,” explained local Tnemec representative, Robert Crumbaugh with SteelCon Coating Systems, Inc. “The whole project team had used HydroFlon before, and understood how user-friendly it is and just how long it can last.”
The tank’s interior was lined using a 100% solids, fast-cure epoxy coating, Series FC22 Epoxoline, which is certified in accordance with NSF Std. 61 & NSF 600. The tank belly, or the interior dry portion, was also coated with a polyamide epoxy coating and followed with an insulating coating, Series 971 Aerolon Acrylic, to reduce condensation inside the tank’s pedestal.
“All the coatings used on this tank are truly some of the best-performing products on the market, so this tank is set up to last long into the future,” added Crumbaugh.
The tank was completed and put on-line in July 2020. In October 2020, the project was named Tnemec’s 2020 Tank of the Year. Among the nearly 300 other water tanks submitted for the contest, the tank stood out and was chosen based on its unique design, its contribution to the community and the innovative coating systems used.