PPG Installs E-coat Primer System for Coast Guard
PPG Industries’ aerospace coatings group installed the first commercial system in the U.S. for application of its aerospace electrocoat primer to aircraft parts at the U.S. Coast Guard Aviation Logistics Center in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
The Aviation Logistics Center has reduced primer application and processing time from hours to minutes and full cure time from days to a single hour with PPG’s Aerocron electrocoat primer.
“This is a major step for the U.S. Coast Guard as a trailblazer in this needle-moving technology within the aerospace industry,” says Duane Utter, PPG global segment manager of military aerospace coatings and defense products. “They have processed many parts successfully and are exploring opportunities for additional e-coat applications.”
Primers afford corrosion resistance to metal parts and enhance topcoat adhesion. Utter says that traditional primer is spray-applied, creating overspray and non-uniform film thicknesses that result in lower application efficiencies and higher coating weight.