Primary containment refers to tank units with corrosion, leaks, chemical spills, or are in need of a face lift. Tank linings must be used to protect the interior tank surfaces from further damage. R.J. Forbes uses its expertise in a wide variety of abrasive prep procedures and material application processes based on client needs and the best coating system recommended for every job.


Understanding the difference between a lining and traditional paint is very important. A lining is a fluid-applied coating system designed to be a continuous monolithic membrane that protects both the surface of a holding vessel and/or splash zone. A lining protects the material within a vessel from absorbing foreign contaminants. A traditional paint is used to provide an aesthetic appearance and to protect a substrate from normal exposure to environmental conditions such as sunlight, rain/wet conditions, and light abrasion.


Examples of places where linings are used:


Chemical Plants - holding vessels for all types of chemical materials, liquid, granular, powdered and vapor


Water Treatment Plants - drinking water tanks, pipe lines, and storage reservoirs


Waste Water Plants - waste water clarifiers, aeration basins, manholes, wet wells, influent troughs, spillways


Power Plants - fuel oil tanks





Secondary containment refers to the immediate areas/zones around a holding vessel that contain materials which are hazardous to the environment and/or people close to that vessel and must be safely protected and contained. Once material leaks from the primary holding vessel, the substrate of the holding area (secondary containment), must be prepared/coated to maintain its integrity. This coating and/or lining of the surface provides the safety and insures that the potential hazardous material is contained.


Examples of a secondary containment:


Basin, pit, trough, trench, spillway, and/or any other combination of safety holding areas for such material.


Power Infrastructure




The power generation infrastructure requires continuous maintenance to insure safe operations and optimal performance. Power plants can be harsh environments with firm safety protocol. At R.J. Forbes, we are well experienced with the standard operating procedures of such plants, switch yards, transmission lines, and sub stations. The goal of all work performed in such areas is safety first with quality and everything else to follow. We focus on extensive training for all job tasks, understanding the layout of the facility in question, training/participating in lockout tag out processes and following all safety protocols entailed.


Examples of services R.J. Forbes provides for the power generation infrastructure:


  • Line striping for safety zones (danger zones in high voltage areas, clearance zone in front of electrical equipment, egress walkways and driveways, loading zones).
  • Pipe line coatings to protect from future corrosion. We apply coatings to chemical, gas, and fuel pipe lines.
  • Pipe line painting to quickly and universally identify the different types of pipe. We color code pipes to follow the specific owners color code system. We can also provide and apply pipe line labels when needed.
  • Pipe lines under insulation protection. Pipes are insulated because they need to maintain consistent temperature for the material within the pipe, and/or to protect personnel from direct contact with the pipe line. It is often overlooked, but many insulated pipes are subject to severe corrosion under the insulation wrap. The extreme range of temperatures between air conditions and the material within the pipe; can cause the pipe line to condensate under the insulation. This moisture is trapped by the insulation covering the pipe, which then causes corrosion of the pipe material. This corrosion can severely alter the integrity of the pipe material; potentially causing a leak or break in the pipe line. R.J. Forbes specializes in preventing this catastrophic situation from occurring; by preparing/coating the pipe line with a thermal break material that reduces the heat transfer/condensation that occurs, and prevents it from further corrosion. This thermal break material can be used in several other areas of production facilities such as; It can take a hot surface and make it safe to touch, which creates safer work environments and less injuries. Heated products flowing in the pipe, and/or in the holding vessels, have thermal loss that occurs. By coating these surfaces, the thermal loss is reduced and creates a more efficient process with less energy being wasted and less money being spent to maintain temperature.


Power generation stations that use turbine generators require maintenance coatings on their intake system (filter house, ducting, and inlet scroll). The extreme temperatures and rapidly moving air can create the metal structures to corrode which can cause rust scale and coating failures within these areas, sending unwanted debris into the turbine. Maintaining the coatings on these surfaces prolongs the life of the turbine itself. The cleaner the air that is drawn into the turbine equals less wear and tear and more efficient production of energy.


R.J. Forbes has performed the re-coating process on the interior of several Siemens Westinghouse turbine inlet scrolls and several GE turbines. We have developed a trusted system to protect the sensitive turbine components during the abrasive blasting and epoxy coating process of the filter house interior, ducting, and inlet scroll areas.





R.J. Forbes provides a full spectrum of tank coating and painting services for all types of storage tanks, vessels, hoppers, bins and silos. Whether storage structures hold liquids, solids, granular, or other materials, R.J. Forbes provides services to maintain, repair, and restore tanks.


Services include:

  • Interior and exterior cleaning
  • Old coating and lining removal
  • Exterior aesthetic painting
  • Interior coatings and linings
  • Modifications to hatches, vents, ladders, safety climb systems, antenna mounts/relocations

Water/Waste water




The unforgiving and unavoidable environmental conditions of the waste water collection and treatment processes will cause corrosion to its infrastructure if the proper protection of its components and structures is not implemented. These surfaces demand the very best workmanship when it comes to installing protective coatings. The presence of H2S gases can crumble concrete rapidly. Installing a 100% solid epoxy coating system in vapor or splash zones can keep the concrete intact and avoid costly reconstruction of tank covers, man holes, and holding tanks.


The constant presence of moisture rich air conditions inside waste water plants and pump stations cause steel pipes, pipe supports, roof decks, and other steel structures to deteriorate. Coating and/or maintaining these structures prevents future deterioration and replacements. R.J. Forbes is extremely experienced in understanding the methods of cleaning and preparing the waste water infrastructure for recoating to achieve long-term protection of its components and buildings.

R.J. Forbes Painting Contractor, Inc.

228 O'Neil Blvd., Attleboro, MA 02703

Email | 508-226-4858 (phone)

508-222-0874 (fax)


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