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Cortec VpCI-386 AL

by Cortec
Original price $364.95 - Original price $3,741.67
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VpCI-386 Aluminum is a unique water-based primer/topcoat that successfully provides protection in harsh outdoor unsheltered applications. The complex mixture of non-toxic, organic inhibitors, and an aluminum pigment offers protection that can compete with most paints and zinc-rich primers.

VpCI-386 Aluminum is superior to many coatings with only inorganic pigments. The resistance has been improved by using a highly corrosion resistant aluminum platelet type pigment with organic corrosion inhibitors. The special combination of additives provides a composite polymer barrier that significantly retards the reaction of metal ionization and repels water. A protective film is adsorbed onto metal surfaces. It protects against corrosive electrolytes and aggressive environments, thus preventing corrosion.

VpCI-386 Aluminum provides a fast-drying thixotropic coating that is resistant to sagging or running, forming a tough non-flammable protective barrier. This dry-to-touch film offers extended protection for sheltered, unsheltered, outdoor, or indoor conditions. Thermally stable when dried from -150°F to 350°F (-78° to 180°C). The coating is ultraviolet resistant. It gives optimal outdoor performance without cracking or chipping upon prolonged exposure to sunlight.

VpCI-386 Aluminum has exceptionally good anti-abrasion qualities, making it easily adaptable to steel grating walkways, steel decks, and numerous other applications where abrasion is to be expected.


  • Fast-drying
  • UV resistant
  • Forms non-flammable, protective barrier
  • Optimal outdoor performance
  • High anti-abrasion performance

Mixing Instructions
This coating is supplied in a single component. Power agitate at low speed to a uniform consistency using a "squirrel cage" type mixer, hand-held drill mixer, or other equivalent method.

VpCI-386 Aluminum can be used as a topcoat/primer. When solvent-based topcoats are applied over VpCI-386 Aluminum compatibility must be checked. VpCI-386 Aluminum can also be used as a topcoat with Cortec® VpCI-374 or VpCI-395 as a primer.

Note: Make sure dew point is more than 5°F (2°C) less than air temperature for application and the temperature is at least 55°F (13°C).

VpCI-386 Aluminum can be applied via spray, roller, or brush.

Metals Protected:

  • Carbon steel
  • Cast Iron
  • Aluminum
  • Stainless steel
  • Galvanized steel
  • Copper

Test Data

Test Method CS 1010 Aluminum
Salt Spray 300 hrs* 1000+ hours
Humidity 1000+ hours 1000+ hours
*1.5 to 2-mils (37.5 to 50 microns)

Conventional Spray

Manufacturer Gun Model Tip/Aircap Combination
DeVilbiss MBC OR JGA 704E
Binks #18 or #62 66PE
Fluid hose should be 3/8” (0.95 cm) I.D. with a maximum length of 50 feet (15.2 m). Pot should always have dual regulation and be kept at same elevation as spray gun.


Manufacturer Gun Model Tip/Aircap Combination
Graco 205-591 Bulldog
Binks Model 500 Mercury 5C
DeVilbiss JGN-501 QFA-519
Hose should be 3/8” (0.95 cm) I.D. minimum, but a ¼” (0.64 cm) I.D. whip end section may be used for ease of application. A maximum length of 100 feet (30.5 m) is suggested. Best results will be obtained using a 0.013”-0.017” (0.3-0.4 cm) tip at 1200-1700 psi (83-117 bar).

Note: Nylon or Teflon type packagings are available from pump manufacturer and are highly recommended.

Note: Similar equipment may be suitable.

Typical Properties
Appearance: Medium Grey Aluminum*
pH: 8.5-9.5 (Neat)
Density: 8.4-9.0 lb/gal (1.01-1.08 kg/l)
Non-volatile Content: 35-40%
Fully Cured: 7 days @ 77°F (25°C) 55% RH
Dry Film Thickness (per coat): 1.0-2.5 mils (25-62.5 microns)
Adhesion: 5B
Theoretical Spread Rate*: 224-261 ft2/gal (1-2.5 mils), 5.2-14m2/l (25-67.5 microns)
Dry to Touch Time: 30 minutes @ 77°F (25°C)
Temperature Stability (Application): 45°F-90°F (7°C-32°C)
VOC (ASTM D-3960): 1.27 lb/gal (152 g/l)
Viscosity: 700-3,000 cps (6 rpm/#3)
Shelf Life: 12 months
Temperature Resistance (Fully Cured): -150°F to 350°F (-78°C to 180°C)
*limited colors available upon request

Packaging and Storage
Available in 5 gallon (Cortec Product # 12400508) or 55 gallon (Cortec Product # 12400515). 5 gallon drum weighs 50 pounds and ships under our standard shipping rates. The 55 gallon drum must be shipped by truck. We will provide you with a freight quote before we ship this product. Keep product from freezing. Avoid temperatures higher than 75º (24ºC) while in storage.

Quantity Discounts Available for Large Orders. Please call for more information.

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