Cortec recently expanded its portfolio of water-based anti-corrosion coatings with a new fast-dry version called EcoShield 386 FD. It combines the environmental advantages of a water-based coating with the performance of EcoShield 386 micro corrosion inhibiting technology in a topcoat that will force-dry in five to 10 minutes.

Cortec says the coating is ideal for manufacturers of pipes, tubes, and other metal components without enough time to cool and dry the coated parts before continuing the production process. The faster drying time of EcoShield 386 FD makes it easier to handle components that need to be processed and stacked or packed right away, reducing or eliminating the problem of hot coated parts sticking to each other only to be pulled apart and cause coating failure and corrosion later.

EcoShield 386 FD is a water-based acrylic one coat system (topcoat) that can be applied DTM at 1.5-3.0 mils (37.5-75 μm) DFT (dry film thickness) to provide protection in harsh, outdoor, unsheltered applications. It contains 0.6 pounds of VOCs per gallon (72 g/L) and is an alternative to solvent-based and zinc-rich paints. It relies on a mixture of non-hazardous “nano” sized corrosion inhibitors to provide a continuous layer of corrosion protection in micro cavities where traditional inhibitors may leave gaps due to their larger relative particle size.

EcoShield 386 FD can be applied clear or matched to most custom colors for minimal change in surface appearance.