| Connect Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook
About | Subscribe | Advertise


Learn while you earn.

Paint and Coatings Industry News

Main News Page

Glass Flake Epoxy Made for Bridges

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

More items for Coating Materials

More items from EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa)

Comment | More

Sherwin-Williams has developed a glass flake epoxy-based paint—originally developed for offshore structures in the North Sea—for use on bridges and highways.

The company's Protective & Marine Coatings division (formerly Leighs Paints, which Sherwin-Williams acquired in 2011) says it is the first to use the coatings technology for bridge and highway applications.

The system "eliminates the requirements for ongoing maintenance to significantly reduce environmental impact, save on repair costs, and extend asset life, offering up to 25 years’ protection," according to a product announcement.  

Features and Applications

The three-coat preventive maintenance coating system is designed to deliver corrosion protection in harsh weather conditions. The technology debuted in a bridge application in 2011 when it was used to complete the legendary painting of the Forth Rail Bridge.

Forth Rail Bridge

A glass flake epoxy-based system was used to complete the painting of the Forth Rail Bridge in 2011. Sherwin-Williams says its formulation has been used on dozens of  bridge and highway projects.

Sherwin-Williams says its glass flake epoxy coatings now feature of a number of other large bridge and highway projects, including 47 bridges across the M6 toll road, the Tay Rail Bridge and the Royal Albert Bridge.

Variable Systems

Using glass flake technology to provide a thicker dry film in a single coat, the coatings system can be modified to meet the customer's requirements for cost, application and finish, the manufacturer says.

The selected paints typically consist of a higher-build blast primer, an epoxy glass flake build coat, and an acrylic urethane finish, as well as a stripe coat of epoxy glass flake.

“By transferring our innovative coatings technologies across markets, we have reduced the need for service and maintenance and extended asset life within the bridge and highways sector," said Nick Ball, marketing director EMEA at Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings.

More information:


Tagged categories: Bridges; Corrosion protection; Epoxy; Glass flake; High-build coatings; Leighs Paints; Roads/Highways

Comment from Josh Tankersley, (6/12/2013, 7:08 AM)

Glass flake epoxies have been used on bridges for over 20 years.

Comment from Simon Hope, (6/13/2013, 3:51 AM)

Glass flake epoxy is nothing new, Leighs M912 followed by M922 are best part of 20 years old technology though they are some of the best, developed for harsh environment exposure GFEs have found use in a multitude of applications and it would be very narrow minded to confine them to bridges!! Yes M922 was very successfully used on the Forth rail crossing but it had a far greater earlier extremely successful track record for offshore oil installations in the North Sea!!

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Carboline Company
We have the solution

We are a global leader in coatings, linings, and fireproofing. We have the right people, right products, and right locations.

Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings

With 4,000 distribution points and 3,700+ years of experience, Sherwin-Williams delivers the products, support and expertise you need, right where you need it.

International Paint LLC
New! Chartek

The next evolution in passive fire protection has arrived! Check out our new line of Chartek products.

Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America
Performance Amine 1,3-BAC

A highly reactive cycloaliphatic diamine offering superior performance. Reasonable cost and curing efficacy makes it suitable for all types of epoxy resin applications.

HoldTight Solutions Inc.

Our HoldTight®102 salt remover & flash rust preventer prevents flash
rust by removing surface contaminants. It has no equal; only wannabees.
Contact us for your
nearest distributor.
(800) 319.8802

NLB Corporation
Water jet surface prep, high or low

See how quickly HydroPrep® tools do surface prep, with no containment needed. Choose automated Crawler for overhead, Vortex™ for floors, or handheld VertaJet™.

Clemco Industries Corp.
Global engineering-trusted solutions

For more than 70 years, Clemco has provided the highest quality blast equipment with a total commitment to comfort and safety.

Termarust Technologies
Termarust (HR CSA) Chemically Stops
Active Corrosion

Truss bridge treated in 2000 with Termarust's (HR CSA) field-proven rust mitigation system chemically stopped corrosion, crevice corrosion & pack rust.

Steel Abrasives :Think Premium

The Premium series is the perfect mix of high-quality products and related technical services provided by skilled experts. Visit us during the GIFA (Hall15 - D14).

New resins from BASF will have metals loving water:

Excellent corrosion resistance, low VOC, high gloss, thin films

Technology Publishing

The Technology Publishing Network

The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings (JPCL) PaintSquare
Durability + Design Paint BidTracker

EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About   |   Privacy policy   |   Terms & conditions   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us

© Copyright 2000-2015, Technology Publishing / PaintSquare, All rights reserved
2100 Wharton Street, Suite 310, Pittsburgh PA 15203-1951; Tel 1-412-431-8300; Fax 1-412-431-5428; E-mail