Sherwin-Williams Launches First-of-Its-Kind Styrene-Free Vinyl Ester for Severe Chemical Resistance

A low-VOC, flake-filled, chemically resistant premium tank lining that offers improved chemical and temparature resistance.

CLEVELAND, OHIO (June 6, 2013) – Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings today announced the launch of Magnalux 404 FF, the first styrene-free vinyl ester for use with steel and concrete substrates in the oil and gas market. The new coating is specially formulated to combat immersion and containment service corrosion caused by contact with aggressive chemicals such as aromatic solvents, hi-aromatic gasoline, ethanol gasohol, MTBE, ETBE, TAME and ether/fuel blends.

Magnalux 404 FF is a low-VOC (<15g/L), flake-filled, chemically resistant premium tank lining that offers improved chemical and temperature resistance. Flakes, made of a crystalline form of iron oxide, provide improved edge protection and abrasion resistance. The flakes create a physical barrier that resists corrosion from fluid migration.

Because Magnalux 404 FF is styrene-free, it will not shrink and pungent odors are nearly eliminated. The 100 percent solids product can also be applied in one coat and still achieve the correct thickness. It will cure tack-free without a wax solution, allowing for one less step in the application process and making the cleaning process even simpler.

“Magnalux 404 FF is an innovation in the oil and gas market,” said Ron Knecht, market director for Oil & Gas – North America, Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings. “Its chemical resistance is superior, it is environmentally safe and will save time and money with an easier, faster application process, for an overall lower cost per mil when applied.”

Sherwin-Williams is a global protective and marine coatings company that delivers smarter asset protection and unmatched service and specification support to its customers from 4,000 locations worldwide. From alkyds to zincs, the company offers a complete line of time-tested, high performance coatings and systems to combat corrosion, supported by the largest group of NACE-certified coatings inspectors in the industry. With more than 140 years in business and a culture of product innovation, Sherwin-Williams today is the single source of supply for coatings solutions made to your specifications and delivered on time, every time.

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