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Grain Bin Painting Near Gulf of Mexico


TMI Coatings was hired by Cenex Harvest States (CHS) to paint 88-grain bin bottoms at a seaport in Louisiana. After many pre-construction meetings with our onsite contacts, we determined a plan to allow TMI access to 25% of the bin bottoms without disturbing their production. Our superintendent completed daily job safety analysis reports and morning briefings with the owner to ensure everyone was on the same page. Midway through the project, the owner identified a sparking hazard from our surface preparation tools, and to combat that hazard, TMI switched to non-sparking tools. Non-sparking tools are softer metals that don’t create sparks when in use. The tools are typically made of brass and run off pressurized air. Even with the change in scope, TMI continued to work safely and efficiently.


  • Partitions and exhaust fans were set up to reduce the amount of grain dust in our workspace. TMI also ensured that proper lock-out/tag-out procedures were met to ensure the belts below the grain bins would not turn on while TMI employees were working over them.
  • The grain bin bottoms were prepared by cleaning the bins with compressed air non-sparking tools to remove all failed existing coating.
  • TMI covered all items not to be painted, such as labels, hydraulic lines, airlines, motors, etc.
  • Two full coats of a rust-inhibiting epoxy coating system were applied by brush and roller.
  • Finally, TMI reinstalled bin bottom numbers in black for easy identification.


CHS received a high-quality coating system on their grain bin bottoms. TMI completed the work safely and with minimal interference to the site’s overall productivity. TMI Coatings. Safety. Quality. On time. In that order.

With over 35 years of experience, TMI Coatings will have your project completed on time and within budget. Contact us today at 651-452-6100 for your free, no-obligation quote.


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