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‘Old Glory’ Tank Painting Up for Bid

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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Painting contractors have nine days to submit proposals for cleaning and coating the beflagged 1.5-million-gallon elevated water storage tank of Cocoa, FL.

Bids are due June 19 for the tank, which wore an old-fashioned silver alkyd coating when it was built in 1957. In 1976, the city accepted the design and services of Demetrios Dourakos, a Greek-born painting contractor, to paint a huge American flag on the tank for the bicentennial year. The city contributed the paint.

Cocoa FL Water Tank
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The elevated water tank in Cocoa, FL, received a free paint job from a Greek-born contractor in honor of the U.S. bicentennial in 1976.

Dourakos, owner of Royal Painting Company in Merritt Island, also painted a flag on the Vehicle Assembly Building at the nearby Kennedy Space Center.

Scope of Work

For the current project, contractors will prepare the structure by masking, removing, or otherwise protecting all hardware, machined surfaces, nameplates and other surfaces not intended for painting. Surfaces will require abrasive blast cleaning to SSPC-PA 1 standards.

Containment will be required for the entire blast and painting operation for the tank’s exterior.

Exposed metal will require detergent washing, followed by abrasive blast cleaning to near-white standards. The metal will then be coated with an organic zinc-rich primer, a high-build epoxy, and a fluoropolymer finish.

Cocoa FL Tank
City of Cocoa, FL

The 1.5 million-gallon water tank dates to 1957. Containment will be required for the entire exterior blasting and painting operation.

Concrete surfaces will be coated with semi-gloss acrylic latex paint. All masonry structures will receive a high-pressure water wash to remove loose coatings and coated with a primer and a semi-gloss acrylic latex finish.

Following coating and rehabilitation, the contractor will be responsible for disinfecting the structure using a concentrated chlorinated water system.

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Tagged categories: Abrasive blasting; Bidding; Containment; Exterior painting; Government contracts; Paint BidTracker; Tanks and vessels; Water Tanks

Comment from Raymond Merrill, (6/10/2014, 5:45 PM)

"Surfaces will require abrasive blast cleaning to SSPC-PA 1 standards."(?!?!?) Don't you mean something more like NACE No. 1 or perhaps SSPC-SP 10?

Comment from Brian Naccarelli, (6/11/2014, 9:14 AM)

Per the specification: “Surface Preparation and Coating Application: Meet or exceed requirements of these Specifications and SSPC–PA 1, whichever is more stringent.” However, more specific blasting requirements are also listed further down in the spec (SSPC-SP 10).

Comment from Meg Skinitis, (6/12/2014, 10:03 AM)

Demetrios Dourakos makes us proud! Very Proud, bravo "kai sta notera")... Maritsa

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