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Tips for Choosing the Right Paint for Your Industrial Application

Fri, 15 Mar 2024

You have to agree that Industrial paint is not exactly the most exciting topic, right? But trust us, choosing the wrong one can be a real drag (and a wallet waste!). Selecting the right paint for your workshop, factory, or wherever your industrial magic happens can leave you scratching your head, as there are many options out there. But don’t stress. This blog is your one-stop shop for picking the perfect paint for your industrial needs.


We'll keep it simple: no fancy science talk, just real information to help your next paint job become a tough-as-nails champion. So, ditch the stress and grab a wrench or a paintbrush, whatever works, because we're about to make you an industrial paint pro.


Types of Industrial Paints


Now, let's explore some common industrial paint types and their strengths, highlighting some Aussie-made options:


Epoxy Paints

Renowned for their durability, epoxy paints are as resilient as a kangaroo's pouch! They excel in providing chemical resistance, making them ideal for withstanding harsh industrial environments.


Polyurethane Paints

With a glossy finish akin to a magpie's back, polyurethane paints offer exceptional weather resistance, perfect for Australia's unpredictable seasons. Opt for Australian-made polyurethanes specifically tailored to our climate for optimal performance.


  • Acrylic Paints

Drying faster than a cockroach at a barbecue, acrylic paints offer an eco-friendly option favoured by sustainability advocates. Some Australian brands offer high-performance acrylics specifically formulated for industrial applications.


  • Alkyd Paints

As sturdy as a billygoat, alkyd paints are both affordable and reliable, suitable for a wide range of industrial uses.


Heat-Resistant Paints

Designed to withstand high temperatures like a true Aussie tradie, heat-resistant paints are essential for industrial ovens or exhaust systems. Look for Australian-made options specifically engineered for such demanding conditions.


Understanding Your Needs

When it comes to selecting the right industrial paint for your needs, there are several key factors you'll want to consider. Let's break them down:


Surface Material

Are you painting metal, concrete, wood, or another surface type? Each material may require a different type of paint for optimal adhesion and durability.

For example, metal surfaces may benefit from paints specifically formulated to prevent rust and corrosion, while concrete surfaces may require paints with superior adhesion properties to ensure long-lasting coverage.


Environmental Conditions

In Australia, we experience a wide range of weather conditions, from scorching sun to hammering rain and even the occasional rogue emu encounter. It's important to choose a paint that can withstand these harsh elements without fading or deteriorating. Look for paints with UV resistance to prevent colour fading due to prolonged sun exposure, as well as water-resistant properties to repel moisture and prevent water damage.


Local Regulations

We've got to play by the rules and comply with Aussie safety standards, especially when it comes to volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Look for paints that meet or exceed these regulations to ensure the safety of your workspace and the environment. Additionally, consider choosing low-VOC or zero-VOC paints to minimise harmful emissions and promote air quality in your facility.


Desired Finish

Do you prefer a glossy finish for that dazzling shine, or are you going for a more low-key vibe with a matte finish? The choice of finish can impact the overall look and feel of your project, so consider your aesthetic preferences carefully. In addition to gloss and matte finishes, you may also have options like satin, semi-gloss, or high-gloss finishes to choose from, each offering its own unique appearance and texture.



Our salty coastal air and rugged outback terrain can take a toll on paint surfaces. Opt for paints with corrosion resistance to combat the corrosive effects of saltwater and abrasion resistance to withstand the grit and gravel of the outback.


Additional Considerations


Application Method Matters

Spraying, brushing, or rolling? The weather plays a role here. Need that paint to dry quickly when the humidity hits, like a Boxing Day sale? Choose a fast-drying option suitable for use with a spray gun or paint roller (available at S&S Industries!).


Safety Precautions are Must

Solvent content, VOC levels, and proper ventilation are essential. We gotta keep our workplaces safe as a fair dinkum Aussie shed. Paint Supplier Industries also offers a range of solvent recycling machines to help you minimise waste and maintain a safe environment.


Maintenance is Important

Consider factors like dust storms or sea spray affecting your equipment. How often will you need to clean or repaint? While paint Industries offer top-quality paints, some applications may require more frequent cleaning. To keep your spraying equipment in top condition, you can get gun wash machines.


Don’t Forget Cost Factors

Don't be a drongo! High-quality paints save you money in the long run by lasting longer in our harsh conditions. While the initial price might be higher, you'll spend less on repainting down the track.


S&S Industries’s Top-Tier Paint Brand Partners

S&S Industries proudly partners with top-tier paint brands to deliver quality products and exceptional results. Here's a quick look at some of our esteemed partners:

Partnering with these industry leaders allows us to offer you the best in automotive and industrial paints.



Choosing the right industrial paint in Australia doesn't have to be a head-scratcher. By considering these factors and the unique strengths of paints, you can ensure your equipment looks tops and functions flawlessly for years to come.

So don't let your paint job be a bottler. Contact S&S Industries today for a free consultation or browse our extensive range of industrial paints. We've got the right gear for the job so you can get back to what matters most – your business! We also offer car paint suppliers for any touch-up needs on your work vehicles.

To get in touch, simply email us at or call 08 9274 6566.

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