Cortec Corp., which supplies corrosion protection solutions, is now offering VpCI-280. This is a fast drying, solvent-based alkyd topcoat that the company says has excellent UV resistance, and allows for great color and gloss retention. It can be matched to most custom colors. VpCI-280, featuring patented vapor-phase corrosion inhibiting technology, was developed as a versatile, industrial finishing enamel for manufacturers of metal products. It offers, Cortec says, a quick dry time, high gloss, and good color and gloss retention. It is recommended for industrial OEM uses, including agricultural and construction equipment. Regulatory benefits include very low levels of VOC and hazardous air pollutant solvents. Cortec products protect with a thin, monomolecular protective barrier. The barrier re-heals and self-replenishes, and can be combined with other functional properties for add ed protective capabilities. VpCI forms a physical bond on the metal surface, creating a barrier layer against aggressive ions. This one-coat system can be applied direct-to-metal, and provides protection in harsh, outdoor, unsheltered applications. The complex mixture of non-toxic, organic inhibitors offers protection that competes with most paints and zinc-rich primers. The surface expectancy of a coating is primarily dependent upon good surface preparation. The surface to be coated should be free of mill scale, rust, oil, and other contaminants, including salt deposits.