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Tips for Applying Pipeline Tapes & Coatings in Cold Weather

Posted by Maribeth Taylor on Dec 17, 2018 11:00:00 AM
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Tips for Applying Pipeline Tapes & Coatings in Cold Weather

Whether you are applying wax, cold-applied or hot-applied tapes, when Old Man Winter comes calling, this simple list of application tips offers guidance for adding corrosion protection to pipelines.

  1. Snow and ice should be removed with a broom or by hand to prevent damage to the pipe.
  2. Keep the corrosion protection tape and primer pliable by storing them in a warm environment or in your vehicle’s cab with the heater on until you’re ready to start the application process.
  3. The pipe must be clean and dry; remove all substances that will impede the bond.
  4. Apply heat to the pipe to remove ice crystals.
  5. Heating the pipe between 100 - 140°F (38 - 60°C) will aid in drying the pipe’s surface and improve the adhesion of the coating.Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp – Kingston regulator station
  6. When working with Tapecoat’s elastomeric tapes in temperatures below 40°F (4°C), apply a 4 mil WFT (Wet Film Thickness) of Tapecoat Omniprime to the pipe surface to ensure the required bond. (When working with Color Coat wax-based tape, Color Coat primer is needed in all temperature conditions.) 
  7. While wrapping the pipe, keep tension on the tape to ensure a secure bond between the tape and the pipe.
  8. Remember: The bond of the tape will increase as the environmental temperature rises.  
  9. The tape’s outer wrapping is more susceptible to mechanical damage in lower ambient temperatures. Protect the wrapped pipe from mechanical damage caused during backfilling by applying an outer wrap of Terrashield or Rugged Wrap prior to backfilling.
  10. Verify that temperatures are in line with the manufacturer’s product recommendations. 

Instructional information for wax tapes:

 ColorCoat  Rugged Wrap  AG Wax
Color Coat Tapes TDS Rugged Wrap TDS Wax/Petrolatum Application Guide 


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Instructional information for cold-applied elastomeric tapes:

 H35_H50  TR Green  Omniprime  Terra Shield
 H35 and H50 Cold Applied Tape TDS  TR Green Elastomeric Adhesive TDS  Omniprime Primer TDS  Terra Shield Outerwrap


Instructional information for hot-applied tapes:

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 Hot Applied Tape TDS

Chase Corporation’s technical consultants are available to assist you with pipeline product information to meet your application needs. Please contact us 


Topics: Pipeline coatings, Corrosion protection, Winter protection