PRESS RELEASE: VpCI®-395 Primer: A Little Extra Effort Goes a Long Way to Greater Anticorrosion Coating Durability!

Each coating job has different priorities-whether convenience, corrosion protection, outdoor durability, or chemical resistance. In the first case, single-component, one-coat, direct-to-metal (DTM) coatings systems are great for applications that need quick protection without a lot of time to wait for primers and multiple coats to dry and cure. However, when time does allow, it is best to put in a little extra effort—using 2K products, primers, and multiple coats-in order to achieve the best coating performance possible. That is where VpCI®-395 comes in as Cortec’s first-class, 2K metal primer for corrosion protection!

Why Use VpCI®-395?
There are many great reasons to use VpCI®-395 Water-Based Epoxy Primer. For starters, VpCI®-395 is Cortec’s most durable anticorrosion primer. It not only promotes good surface adhesion between the metal and topcoats, but it also has greater strength as a 2K (two-component) primer. The extra effort that goes into mixing two parts together at the jobsite translates into greater durability because it allows crosslinking, i.e., greater chemical bonding, between the active ingredients in the primer. VpCI®-395 shows excellent performance in salt spray and humidity testing. In addition to promoting a stronger coatings system that inhibits corrosion, VpCI®-395 has the worker and environmental advantage of being water-based. Water-based coatings typically make cleanup easier and are often associated with lower VOCs (0.2 lbs/gal [24 g/L] in the case of VpCI®-395). Thus, VpCI®-395 reduces worker exposure to solvents both in the painting and cleanup process.

Where to Use VpCI®-395
VpCI®-395 is excellent for use in immersion applications and chemical plants because of the toughness of its epoxy. It can be applied as a primer inside tanks and on handrails and metal walkways. Indoors, VpCI®-395 can also be used as a topcoat (since UV resistance is not needed) and tinted to match the plant’s color scheme. Outdoors, VpCI®-395 can be combined with EcoShield® VpCI®-386 to create one of Cortec’s best water-based anticorrosion coatings system. It can also be used with a 2K urethane one-coat system such as VpCI®-384 for even greater durability if a water-based topcoat is not needed.

Going the Extra Mile for Coatings System Success
Often, the most difficult part of a job is the prep-work-whether surface prep, additional mixing, or extra effort to apply a primer. However, these tasks can offer invaluable payoffs in terms of adhesion and overall coating durability. In the case of VpCI®-395, the extra mixing of two components rewards users with a stronger primer to help maximize the success and corrosion protection of the entire coatings system. Next time your coating project can afford to go the extra mile for greater coating durability, be sure to contact Cortec® about VpCI®-395 Water-Based Epoxy Primer for a great start to your coatings system:

Keywords: anticorrosion coating, coating durability, corrosion protection, DTM coatings, water-based epoxy primer, anticorrosion primer, crosslinking coatings, 2K metal primer, Cortec, good surface adhesion

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PRESS RELEASE: Using Natural Mechanisms to Eliminate Bad Odors

No one typically enjoys bad smells. This makes life especially difficult for anyone dealing with odor problem areas such as garbage cans, restrooms, manure pits, wastewater treatment plants, and garbage processing facilities. Sometimes, an accidental garbage spill or the rotting of a hidden substance can cause odor surprises in unexpected areas. Whether or not the problem is routine or sudden, it is important to have an odor control solution that will not only cover up bad smells but also eliminate them. Bionetix® odor control products make use of natural technologies to do exactly that and more.

Tackling Odor from Two Angles
Bionetix® odor control technologies involve two main mechanisms. One aspect is to eliminate the materials that are causing the odor. This can be done both by cleaning the surface with detergent and also by introducing beneficial microorganisms that biodegrade the odor-emitting substances and continue to work even after the initial cleaning. The second mechanism works to actually bind the odorous molecules or inhibit their activity, thus reducing the concentration of odorous compounds. Products containing these odor neutralizers can be chosen based on the primary purpose of the application: odor control, cleaning, or accelerated waste digestion.

Odor Neutralizer with Cleaning Properties
When odor control is the main concern and cleaning is a side benefit, ECO-SCENT™ is a great ready-to-use technology. This liquid odor control can be sprayed in garbage pails, inside dumpsters and garbage trucks, on carpets, on bathroom surfaces, and in laundry and fitness facilities to eliminate odors and leave behind a fresh smell. It can also be added to mop water to clean floors around urinals or other areas notorious for contaminant buildup and bad odors.

ECO-SCENT™ contains synergistic bio-strains, surfactants, nutrients, stimulants, and odor-neutralizing agents that ensure excellent breakdown of starches, carbohydrates, protein, fats, and greases. While beneficial bacteria in ECO-SCENT™ work to digest odor-causing compounds even after the initial application, the natural active odor neutralizing ingredient forms a complex with odor-causing organic compounds, yielding a lower concentration of these organic molecules. This readily biodegradable, non-hazardous odor neutralizer encapsulates odorous molecules such as hydrogen sulfide, mercaptans, smoke, sweat,
and ammonia to remove bad odors and not just mask the smell. The same biotechnology is available in a pre-stabilized multiple spore blend concentrate (HYGIEA2200™) manufactured specifically for large volume accounts with formulation capabilities.

Industrial Cleaner with Odor Neutralizing Properties
HYGIEA2400™ is another multiple spore blend liquid concentrate that can be formulated into cleaning and odor control products. It also contains an odor neutralizer but is primarily designed for use in industrial cleaning applications, with odor control as a side benefit. Products made from HYGIEA2400™ can be used to clean a wide variety of organic wastes such as grease, fats, oils, starches, proteins, and cellulose while simultaneously performing efficient odor control.

Odor Control for Large Scale Waste Treatment
Wastewater treatment plants and farms that need large scale odor control but not cleaning can opt for STIMULUS. STIMULUS™ is a natural biostimulant,
surfactant, and odor control product derived from natural plant extract. It can be used to treat wastewater and agricultural waste by stimulating natural decomposition processes to work more rapidly. This naturally reduces odors by encouraging better aerobic digestion conditions and reducing the amount of waste and sludge in the system. Beyond this, STIMULUS
™ also binds ammonia and inhibits urease activity, thus decreasing the concentration of odorous compounds. STIMULUS™ can be sprayed on compost and manure piles or added directly to sludge.

Eliminate Unpleasant Odors
Unpleasant odors are just that: unpleasant, with a negative impact on both employee and public relations. Bad odors can send facility or asset owners scrambling to cover up the unpleasant smells in whatever way they are able. Often this means only masking the odor without getting rid of the underlying cause, and possibly not solving the problem at all. By taking advantage of Bionetix® natural odor control mechanisms, users can eliminate odor and not just cover it up, creating a better long-term solution for both expected and unexpected odor problems. Contact us for further assistance in choosing the right technology to eliminate unpleasant odors!

Keywords: eliminate bad odors, odor problems, Bionetix, odor control products, odor neutralizer, biotechnology, wastewater treatment odor control, farm odor control, natural odor control, remove bad odors

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PRESS RELEASE: VpCI®-391: Inconspicuous Removable Coating Offers Convenient Corrosion Protection

VpCI-391 Tractor with front end loader scored feed for cows. View of the side on the background of bales with silage. Necessary equipment for a dairy farm.

Corrosion is an irreversible process that costs industries time and money to deal with the effects. Corrosion prevention is therefore in the best interest of manufacturers and asset owners responsible for covering losses from deteriorating assets. While protective VCI packaging solves many metal shipping and storage needs, it is not always the optimal choice for certain metal shapes or storage/transit settings. When this is the case, Cortec’s VpCI®-391 is an excellent removable coating to consider for temporary or even long-term corrosion protection.

Unnoticeable Dry Film Rust Preventative Coating

VpCI®-391 is a fast-drying water-based temporary coating that dries to a thin, clear, virtually unnoticeable non-tacky film. It is perfect for protecting bare metal surfaces from corrosion in transit or temporary storage but can also be applied directly over painted surfaces. VpCI®-391 provides protection indoors and outdoors and is easy to remove with an alkaline cleaner if desired. These features have made it a popular temporary rust preventative coating that displaces traditional greasy, oily rust preventatives with an unnoticeable temporary protective coating that is drastically more convenient.

Clean, Convenient Corrosion Protection

There are many advantages to using VpCI®-391. In addition to its corrosion protection, the dry, non-tacky surface finish stays much cleaner than traditional oily/greasy rust preventatives that tend to collect insects, dust, and other contaminants on their sticky surfaces. It also weathers much better in outdoor applications. Furthermore, testing has found that VpCI®-391 does not negatively impact weld geometry or mechanical properties of the weld, allowing welders to easily keep surfaces corrosion-free prior to welding without extensive surface-prep hassle.

When and Where to Use VpCI®-391

The possibilities for using VpCI®-391 are endless. Examples include the following:

  • Heavy Equipment
  • Machinery
  • Vehicles
  • Piping
  • Structural Steel

Transit is one period in which VpCI®-391 is beneficial for safeguarding brand-new metal components—whether fire trucks, valves, or front-end loaders—from unpredictable exposure to harsh weather conditions on land and sea. It can be sprayed over unpainted bolts and metal tubes as well as metal wheel rims or entire painted vehicles. Since VpCI®-391 is relatively unnoticeable, distributors often leave it on new equipment until resale.

VpCI®-391 is also great for storage and layup. For example, VpCI®-391 can be applied right over painted railings and equipment on offshore platforms for extra corrosion protection during rig-stacking. Pipeline segments stored in laydown yards may be coated with VpCI®-391 to protect weld ends from rusting. At the time of assembly or installation, the welder can simply clean off the coating or weld directly over it, instead of spending extra time grinding away opportunistic rust that could otherwise set in.

A third purpose for VpCI®-391 is preventative maintenance. For instance, one company that uses front-end loaders to move high volumes of deicing salts or fertilizers has adopted VpCI®-391 as part of their annual preventative maintenance routine. By applying VpCI®-391 over the vehicles once a year during the slow season, the equipment lasts longer and does not look 10 years old after just one year of use.

Effective, Easy, and Inconspicuous

Anyone who needs a dry temporary corrosion protection coating should consider VpCI®-391 as an easy, effective, versatile, and inconspicuous option. It looks good and performs well even in outdoor environments, allowing users the advantage of unobtrusive corrosion protection during the transit, storage, or maintenance phase. Contact Cortec® today to learn more about using VpCI®-391:

Keywords: rust preventative coating, VCI packaging, corrosion prevention, metal shipping and storage needs, removable coating, keep weld surfaces corrosion free, preventative maintenance, Cortec, Cortec Coatings, transit coatings

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PRESS RELEASE: Cortec® Launches New Improved MCI®-2039 Horizontal Concrete Repair Mortar!

June 21, 2022

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In a world where concrete is the most widely used construction material, the need for concrete repairs is inevitable. This is especially true in corrosive environments where concrete deterioration accelerates due to seawater or heavy use of deicing salts. Since concrete repairs are time and labor intensive, it is important to do them in a way that will extend structural service life as much as possible. Cortec’s new, improved line of MCI® repair mortars is designed to help contractors reach that goal, starting with the release of MCI®-2039 High Performance Horizontal Repair Mortar.

Enhance Repairs with Migrating Corrosion Inhibitors

MCI®-2039 is a single-component, fast-setting, high-strength, cement-based repair mortar enhanced with Migrating Corrosion Inhibitors (MCI®). These inhibitors form a molecular protective layer on the surfaces of rebar, increasing the quality and extending the service life of the repair and surrounding structure. Once applied and hardened, MCI®-2039 provides a high level of adhesion and durability, as well as resistance to water and carbonation attack. High early strength allows for fast repairs and quick return of traffic. MCI®-2039 can be applied indoors or outdoors in a wide temperature range, from 20 to 100 °F (-6 to 38 °C). The mortar can be extended up to 60% by weight for repairs greater than 2” (51 mm) deep.

Minimize the Ring-Anode/Halo Effect

One major problem with concrete repairs is the insidious ring-anode/halo effect. This occurs when the higher pH and resistivity of the patch material creates a difference in corrosion potential between new and old concrete. As a result, corrosion activity may accelerate in the concrete surrounding the patch. What was intended to fix the problem inadvertently shifts the corrosion process to another area. MCI®-2039 can minimize this counterproductive effect as Migrating Corrosion Inhibitors in the repair mortar travel to adjacent concrete to even out the corrosion potential and help the repair last longer.

Implement a High Performance Repair System (HPRS®)

MCI®-2039 is part of Cortec’s MCI® High Performance Repair System (HPRS®), which outlines five steps to achieve long-lasting concrete repairs. The first step is to prepare the substrate following ICRI Guideline No. 310.2R-2013 (or a similar engineering guide). Secondly, rusty rebar should either be blasted to bright metal or coated with CorrVerter® MCI® Rust Primer to passivate the rust. MCI®-2039 is applied next (for horizontal repairs). After the repair mortar has cured, a surface applied corrosion inhibitor (SACI) such as MCI®-2020 (or a water-repellent MCI® SACI) should be used on the entire concrete surface. An optional final coat of MCI® EcoRainbow® Architectural Coating protects against water intrusion and carbonation and provides a finished look.

By following these MCI® HPRS® guidelines, concrete contractors can maximize the durability of the patch and thus delay time to the next repair, substituting MCI®-2039 for standard repair mortar to enhance protection wherever a horizontal concrete repair is needed:

  • Bridge decks, parking decks, and ramps
  • Highway repairs and overlays
  • Slabs below grade, on grade, or above grade
  • Loading docks
  • Airport runways
  • Industrial and commercial structures

Make Repairs Last Longer with MCI®-2039

For anyone looking to enhance the longevity of a concrete repair, MCI®-2039 is a convenient way to add corrosion protection directly into the repair process. Combined with the entire MCI® HPRS®, it is an even more powerful antidote to corrosion decay in reinforced concrete. Contact Cortec® MCI® today to learn about MCI®-2039 and other MCI® enhanced repair products:

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Keywords: concrete repair, concrete contractors, corrosion inhibitors, repair mortars, ring anode effect, Cortec MCI, From Grey to Green, make repairs last longer, SACI, surface applied corrosion inhibitors

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