Specialist Spotlight: Ralph Dutton on pretreatments and what Trimite offers

Ralph Dutton, our Technical Manager, spoke to us about pretreatments and what Trimite offers its customers that’s different from the others.

Ralph graduated from the University of Bangor with a MS in Chemistry.

Ralph Dutton, Technical Manager

Tell us a bit about your background

I am the Technical Manager for Trimite Global Coatings. My focus is on helping customers get the best results from their chemical processes.

Over the last 10 years I’ve gained great experience working as a chemist for large companies including Severn Trent and Jaguar Land Rover. However, working for a smaller SME company I’ve had the opportunity to get involved with a wider range of projects.

How long have you worked at Trimite? 

I’ve been with Trimite for almost 3 years mainly specialising in pretreatments, but also in wet paint over the last year. 

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy working with different companies; from small paint shops, electroplaters, anodising firms, to aerospace and defence companies. It’s great to meet and work with all kinds of people from plant operators to managing directors. In addition; I am a scientist and I love to see chemistry in action.

Why is pretreatment important?

The life expectancy of a coating is directly related to the quality of surface preparation. Cleaning and pretreatment are the most important step of the coating process. Quality pretreatment can really maximise adhesion, appearance and performance of coatings.

What does Trimite offer its customers that’s different from others?

The big advantage of Trimite is that we can help with the full coating process; cleaning, conversion coating, paint primers and topcoats. 

Our technical team are quick to react to queries, plus we can offer more in-depth support including chemical analysis and training courses, so you can get the best from our products.