Power Generation

Our work in the Power Generation industry going back over many years gives our customers the skill and experience they rely on to perform industrial painting in power plants. We have cleaned fire damage, blasted and painted during plant expansions or conversions, and maintained equipment and structures, including:

  • Stacks (high heat)
  • Overhead cranes
  • Turbine room refurbishment
  • Flue-Gas Desulphurization ( FGD)
  • Heat Recovery Steam Generators (HRSG)
  • De-aerator units
  • Combustion Turbines (CT’s)
  • Waste water treatment plants
  • Secondary containment
  • Concrete spillways
  • Coal conveyors

Vulcan is certified by SSPC (The Society for Protective Coatings) in SSPC QP-1 –Field Application of coatings on complex structures, and QP-2, removing hazardous paint in the field.

Hydroelectric Power/Locks and Dams

Whether in hydroelectric plants or dams, when protecting infrastructure, the job has to be done correctly, from the surface preparation to the application of often expensive coatings. Vulcan Painters has the trained employees and the experience to get the job done correctly. Our work includes rigging and containment and lead removal on these structures.

We have successfully completed projects for both power generation entities and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, including:

  • Powerhouses
  • Miter gates
  • Locks and dams
  • Spillway gates
  • Pen stock
Pulp and Paper

Vulcan Painters has decades of experience in the pulp and paper industry, where corrosion requires regular maintenance and time and safety are paramount to successful job completion. With our many years of facilitating shutdowns so that companies have minimal down time, we also pride ourselves on our experience gained in painting and coating in this important industry.

Our work has included interior hot water tanks, pulp tanks, paper machines and adjacent structures, structural steel in ceilings over paper machines, and structural steel pipe racks.


Whether it is cars or piping, tools, tanks or stadium seats, Vulcan Painters keeps the plants they are manufactured in maintained, with coatings designed to wear well and take the stress of production. Our work in manufacturing plants includes just about every structure there is, from the exhaust stacks, to offices, hallways, facilities, structural steel, equipment, floors and railings. Whether called on for shutdowns, touch ups, or complete repaints, we are ready to prepare surfaces and apply the coating best suited to each need.

Commercial Painting

Vulcan’s commercial projects include new construction and renovation. Whether it’s a recreation center with a pool or the pool itself, we have the training to apply the coatings. Our expertise includes stadiums; science, mathematics and wildlife research buildings on campuses; dormitories, banks, high schools, churches and other structures. Our Protective Coating Specialists can help the customer select the best coating for the job.

We are SSPC QP 8 certified to apply coatings to cement floors, and QP certified to apply architectural coatings. Combined with proper surface preparation, coatings applied will give excellent wear and lasting durability.

For details on commercial painting, please see our Vulcan Painters page.


Maintaining historic structures and updating them with coatings that will last well into the future is a challenge Vulcan Painters is ready to meet.

Some of these structures have lead removal issues and we have the certifications and training to get the job done. Surface preparation for a good coating job is of the utmost importance, as is choosing the right coating to make maintenance cost effective. Vulcan Painters has two SSPC certified Protective Coating Specialists to make those recommendations, to get the best possible coatings results.

At Vulcan Painters, we know the importance of preserving past achievements in art, science and technology, and keeping them maintained for future visitors to enjoy. Three projects that we have helped to preserve recently are the rockets at Rocket Park, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL; the statue of Vulcan, Vulcan Park and Museum, Birmingham, AL; and the Snagboat Montgomery, Tennessee-Tombigbee Visitor Center, Pickensville, AL.

Shop Painting

For both projects done in the field or processed in our shops, Vulcan helps customers get the most from the coatings specified. With the proper surface preparation and selection of the coating most able to give lasting corrosion protection, Vulcan helps customers preserve their investment in equipment, buildings and infrastructure. Getting the full life of both coatings and parts results from proper maintenance and proper coatings selected and applied.

Vulcan Painters has NACE certified inspectors on staff as well as SSPC Protective Coating Specialists (PCS), Coating Application Specialists (CAS) painters and plural component trained applicators. We are certified to the ISO 9001 standard and SSPC QP3 (shop facilities). For projects that must be blasted and painted in the field, Vulcan sets up containment on site to blast, clean and repaint components.

For details on Shop painting, please see our Shop Painting page.

Pipe Lining

Pipe Division / Vulcan Pipe & Steel Coatings, Inc.

Vulcan coats ductile iron pipe, both lining and exterior coatings; steel pipe, structural steel, tanks, water and waste water equipment for waste water and sewage treatment facilities. With three locations, one at our corporate office in Bessemer, AL, a second plant in Pinson and a third in Minor, Vulcan coats thousands of pieces of pipe, approximately 4.7 million square feet per year.

Vulcan applies Protecto 401™, organic and inorganic zincs, polyurethanes, epoxy (amine or polyamide), fiberglass, baked on phenolics, vinyl esters, tape wrap (pipe), coal tar epoxy, and metalizing. With more than 155,920 square feet of shop space on 35 acres, Vulcan has the capability to customize processes and equipment for individual projects. We also have fluidized beds and bake ovens that can accommodate objects too large to be electrodeposition coated on a conveyor line.

For details on pipe processes, please see our Pipe Lining page.