Zinc-rich primers, with zinc dust loadings of 80-85% by weight in the dry film, are often the preferred primer during new construction of assets placed in environments with high atmospheric corrosivity. Coating standards such as SSPC-Paint 20 and ISO 12944 demand that zinc-rich primers contain at least 65% and 80% zinc dust by weight in the final dry film, respectively. Traditional zinc rich primers need this high zinc loading to achieve galvanic protection of steel. New technology allows us to develop zinc primers with a lower content of zinc and/or different zinc morphology than dust to provide similar or better corrosion protection to the steel.
Since the 1980s, fluoropolymer resin technologies have offered the possibility of a quantum improvement in topcoat decorative properties- gloss and color retention- compared to conventional acrylic and polyester resins. Specifiers of both protective and architectural restoration coatings systems have expressed a need for a new SSPC standard for field-applied fluoropolymer topcoats, particularly for bright and saturated colors.
The author will present on the various generic coatings technologies available for lining concrete and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each one. Discussion will include epoxy, polyurethane and polyurea technologies. The goal of the presentation will be to provide some guidance to the attendees on when is the right application to select each technology as part of a specification.