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Zinc rich primers are used to protect steel surfaces from corrosion. Unlike regular paints or epoxies which resist corrosion by forming an impermeable barrier between the metal and atmospheric moisture, zinc rich primers provide corrosion protection by electrical means.

 

 

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How Zinc Primers Work

Zinc rich primers are used to protect steel surfaces from corrosion. Unlike regular paints or epoxies which resist corrosion by forming an impermeable barrier between the metal and atmospheric moisture, zinc rich primers provide corrosion protection by electrical means. The zinc and the steel for a tiny electrical - cathodic cell that protects the steel at the expense of the zinc. Of course the zinc primer also provides a little ‘barrier' protection as well.


Why Use Them

Some types of zinc rich primers (inorganic - see below) are used as a stand alone coating, but often they are top coated with a paint or epoxy (many industrial coating specifications call for a zinc primer, epoxy intermediate coat and a urethane topcoat - we offer such a system as well - CLICK HERE for more information). A zinc primer under a topcoat of epoxy or urethane paint provides a backup or secondary method of protecting the steel from corrosion.. Although epoxies can, and often are, used successfully on steel surfaces without any sort of general purpose primer or zinc primer.


Organic vs. Inorganic Zinc Primers

There are two types of zinc primers, organic and inorganic. Generally inorganic primers must be spray applied. They do not have to be top coated and provide better steel protection than non-top coated organic zinc primers.

Organic zinc primers (often zinc in an epoxy) can generally be applied by brush, roller or spray. If not top coated they do not protect the steel as well as an inorganic primer, but tests show they do offer the same degree of protection if the primers are top coated.

A new flavor of organic zinc primer is a moisture cured urethane zinc primer. Moisture cured urethane (MCU) coatings are easier to apply and work with than epoxy based organic zinc primers and are one component (one pack) products, not counting the zinc powder which must be added into the epoxy or MCU. Pricing of organic and inorganic zinc primers are all similar. The zinc rich primer we offer is a moisture cured urethane.


 


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Our Recommendation for Coating Steel Surfaces.

Perhaps the best system for coating steel is as follows:

1) Abrasive blast new steel. Old steel should be abrasive blasted or waterjetted down to ‘white' metal. The initial abrasive blast gives a metal a surface profile which is very important for a good coating bond.

2) Treat with a soluble/insoluble salt remover. (We do not carry this kind of product). This is becoming more recognized as an important pre-coating step.

3) A zinc rich primer. (Probably an organic zinc primer - moisture cured - if applied on site or an inorganic zinc primer if applied in a shop where conditions can be better controlled). We do not carry/sell zinc primers. WE DO NOT CARRY OR RECOMMEND ANY PARTICULAR ZINC RICH PRIMER

4) A solvent based (greater than 0% VOC) epoxy intermediate coat with a urethane topcoat, or a 100% solids (0% VOC) epoxy topcoat without the urethane. Note: we offer an intermediate epoxy coat - 18% VOC - and a excellent two-part acrylic polyurethane topcoat.

NOTE: If I were to omit any of the above steps, it would be the zinc rich primer. The zinc primer certainly is beneficial, but the other steps are more important and modern epoxies do provide outstanding protection of steel when used alone and without any sort of primer.

 


We no longer offer a zinc primer. Instead, we suggest our aluminum filled, moisture cured urethane, Aluthane (tm) - Click Here for more info.


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