Black Magic Dispelled?

Coal Tar vs. Modified Epoxy Technology

From JPCL, February 2024

By Vijay Datta and Mike O’Donoghue, AkzoNobel; Tony Belk, Nucor/Skyline LLC; and Cortney Chalifoux, Pond and Company


For many years, coal tar epoxy coatings were synonymous with a level of performance and corrosion protection not thought possible from emergent light-colored, hazard-diminishing, and inspection-facilitating epoxies. But over time, much has changed. This article briefly compares the pluses and minuses of coal tar epoxy coatings of yesteryear with those of the modified epoxy coating technology that largely replaced them....


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