Accuride Corp. has introduced Steel Armor, a proprietary
three-phase coating process that employs enhanced
corrosion-fighting properties that extend steel wheel service
life by about two years compared with standard coatings.
to be a multibillion-dollar problem for fleet operations, and
demands a solution," Accuride president and chief executive
officer Richard F. Dauch said in a statement. "(Steel
Armors) premium rust protection leap-frogs other wheel
coatings with its ability to dramatically reduce fleet
Ind.-based company, which makes steel and aluminum wheels for
commercial vehicles, estimates that wheels protected by Steel
Armor will last about two additional years before they must be
removed and refinished.
vice president Craig Kessler said Steel Armors powder
coating protection means reduced corrosion on wheel edges, such
as flanges, hand holes, bolt holes and hub holes on stud- and
hub-piloted steel wheels, where rust tends to form first.
Steel Armor contains
the growth of corrosion by blocking rust at the point of entry
when gouges, chips, scrapes and scratches expose the metal, the
wheels coated with Steel Armor to a broad range of corrosion