Recognized for its mechanical and physical properties, metal is a material appreciated for its malleability and sturdiness, which make it suitable for a wide range of uses in both industry and everyday life. Although its use has many advantages, it is, like all materials, subject to degradation factors that need to be anticipated.

The different types of metal

There are a multitude of metals and metal alloys, the difference lying in their composition. Metal is a natural resource recovered in the form of ores (iron, copper, zinc, silver, gold…), while a metal alloy is an assembly of several metals or chemical elements. Metals therefore fall into two categories:

Ferrous metals

Ferrous metals have the distinctive feature of being made up of pure iron or iron weakly alloyed with other metals. Their characteristics and properties make them the materials of choice for the industrial and construction sectors. They are resistant, easy to refine and process, making them an excellent raw material. Among them:

Steel is an alloy of iron and carbon with a content of between 0.02 and 2% by mass. This metal offers design flexibility, as there are several types, such as galvanized steel and stainless steel.

Like steel, cast iron is a ferrous metal. It is an alloy of iron and carbon with a content of over 2% by mass. In addition to its attractive price, cast iron is highly resistant to compression and deformation.

Non-ferrous metals

Non-ferrous metals include all alloys except iron. Often more expensive than ferrous materials, they are sought-after for their lightness, conductivity and excellent corrosion resistance compared to ferrous metals. Among them:

Aluminum is a member of the non-ferrous metals family. Its low density combines lightness and strength, two characteristics particularly sought-after in fields as demanding as aerospace, construction and packaging.

Copper and its alloys (e.g. bronze and brass) have many characteristics that make them the materials of choice. Copper is malleable, corrosion-resistant and an excellent thermal and electrical conductor. As a result, its use is favored by the plumbing and electrical sectors.

Corrosion, a metal pathology

Although metal has many advantages, it is subject to deterioration that requires a special coating to protect it. Corrosion is degradation caused by oxidation in contact with air. As well as having an aesthetic impact, this phenomenon greatly weakens the attacked structure, jeopardizing its solidity. That’s why it’s essential to consider an effective coating solution that protects against the risk of corrosion. Because of their iron content, ferrous metals are particularly affected by this problem.

M’Lineo, coating solutions for metal interiors and exteriors

‘Lineo offers professional solutions for the long-term protection and decoration of metal surfaces, both indoors and out.

The M’Lineo range comprises professional corrosion resistance paints and varnishes for metal designed to improve metal performance. M’Lineo provides effective corrosion protection for ferrous metals thanks to specially adapted coatings. We also offer a complete range of coatings to decorate ferrous and non-ferrous metals: matte, satin or gloss finishes. M’Lineo also offers customized tinting compatible with our Color’Lineo color chart.

Many manufacturers, SMEs and craftsmen use M’Lineo to protect their equipment or coat their finished products. For more information, contact us directly at our agencies or via our contact form.

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