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Hydroelectric Power Plants, Locks, and Dams

Hydroelectric power plants, locks, and dams are vital to our nation’s infrastructure by providing reliable, renewable energy, transportation on our waterways, flood control, recreation, and water resource management. When painting these structures and their components, the job has to be done correctly. Our team of trained employees has the knowledge to complete the job the right way—from surface preparation to the application of protective coatings in an extensive range of service environments. 

Dams and Spillways

Dams and spillways must be maintained for long-term performance and ready for use at a moment's notice. Our team of experts knows exactly what steps to take to protect your dam and spillway components during surface preparation and coating.

First, we take all appropriate measures needed for safe and effective access to the work area. Then, we install the necessary containment, ventilation, and dust collection equipment to capture debris before moving on to the next steps of surface preparation and coating application.

Spillway gates are especially susceptible to corrosion due to being continuously submerged in water on one side and being affected by water, debris, and the atmospheric elements on the downstream side. Different coating systems are applied to protect the immersed and non-immersed zones. Additionally, the operating machinery, support structures, and cranes need to be protected so they are always ready to operate. Handrails, ladders, and stairways need to be protected to provide access at all times of the day or night. 


Aging locks and dams call for appropriate modernizations, repairs, and maintenance. That’s exactly what Vulcan Painters is here to help your lock or dam do.

We have extensive experience in providing the highest quality services, like concrete coating and resurfacing, surface preparation, lead abatement, and industrial coating applications. No matter how tight your schedule is, we will do what it takes to meet the timeline of your hydroelectric facility, lock, or dam.

We maintain a commitment to keeping our workforce continually trained and certified in the most up-to-date techniques and safety procedures outlined by AMPP for surface preparation. This dedication guarantees a streamlined and efficient process that keeps each project on track. 

Our unwavering commitment to safety means we take lead paint abatement seriously. When performing a lead paint abatement job, we take every precaution to keep ourselves, those around us, and the environment safe. All jobs are performed with the highest level of planning and adherence to guidelines to protect the well-being of workers and the environment.

Pen Stock and Water Passage Areas

As an integral part of hydroelectric power plants, water passage systems require regular maintenance to combat corrosion and regular wear and tear. Because these structures help regulate the flow of liquid, just one component being out of order can be catastrophic for productivity. 

One of the main challenges of keeping water passage systems in power generation facilities running is their constant contact with water on the interior surfaces and harsh environments on the exterior. These structures, typically made of steel or concrete, are exposed to rough conditions, including water, sunlight, and potential corrosion. Painting them serves several important purposes like corrosion resistance, abrasion resistance, and UV resistance.

With over six decades of experience in the power generation industry, we've got the expertise in penstock and water passage coating that your project needs—big or small, new or old. Contact us for your penstock and water passage or lining project and ensure the job is done right.

Powerhouses and Balance of Plant

Considering that powerhouses contain all the generators and turbines for hydroelectric power plants, it’s essential that they’re in top-notch condition in order to protect the generation equipment. Your facility can achieve this level of protection with our trained and experienced coating applicators.

High-Quality Standards

At Vulcan Painters, we take each hydroelectric power plant and dam project seriously. Our quality policy is to provide coating, lining, and associated value-added services to our customers’ facilities, with a focus on customer satisfaction. As a testament to our commitment to quality, we are also proudly certified in Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC) Quality Program certifications, including QP 1, QP 2, QP 3, QP 8, QP 9, and QS 1.


At Vulcan Painters, we value safety and are dedicated to establishing best practices to ensure the implementation of industry-wide safety standards. We strive to provide a safe and healthy work environment to our employees so our customers can rest assured that our safety requirements will meet or exceed their own. We implement a few different measures to make sure that we stay on top of industry-leading safety standards. 

Management Commitment

We have a full-time staff whose sole responsibility is to keep us accountable and honor our commitment to the safety of our employees and the quality of our work. With the help of this director, we constantly evaluate and improve our safety and quality measures based on the most up-to-date data. 


With extensive in-house training, skill, and career development, we strive to meet our goal of having 100% of our employees trained to work safely with the highest degree of craftsmanship.

Training is the cornerstone of our safety goals. It doesn’t matter what role our employees have—field painter, forklift driver, etc.—they are required to complete regular safety and skills training with refresher courses every year. 


We’re partnered with numerous respected associations to discuss and share the newest trends in the industry. Here, we keep up with the latest innovations, new products, and most recent legislation affecting our industry. 

As industry leaders, we even share our own innovations and ideas in these groups by presenting papers, giving workshops, and serving on committees that set industry standards. When you work with us, you can rest assured that you’re getting the best experts in the business.


Have you ever been unsure about the quality of industrial painting service your power plant facility will receive from Vulcan Painters? Then hopefully, our extensive certifications will help you better understand our commitment to providing top-notch services.


Vulcan Painters became the first industrial coatings contractor to hold six Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC) Quality Program certifications. This means that we’ve demonstrated industry-leading competence in all of these areas of coating application, including QP 1, QP 2, QP 3, QP 8, QP 9, and QS 1. Learn more about the SSPC Painting Contractor Certification Program and how it can help you reduce your risk when hiring a coatings company like Vulcan Painters.


We have also been an ISO 9001-certified company since 2000. If your hydroelectric power or dam facility has put in the work to achieve an ISO standard, then you know the emphasis on quality and the work required to reach that level. Put our ISO-registered company to work on your power plant facility’s project today. 

Contact Us Today

If you’re still not convinced about our first-rate services, just look at our past projects and ask our previous customers. Our work has taken us all over the Southeast, and we’ve experienced every kind of painting project. No power plant project is too big or too small for our team of industrial painting experts. 

If you have any questions about what Vulcan Painters can do for your hydroelectric power plant or dam, contact us today. You can fill out the form on our website, and someone from our team will be happy to contact you. If you’re ready to get started, request a quote for your specific project today.