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UreGrip 3900 Release


UreGrip 3900 is a 2K, thin-film (1-2 mils/25-50µ DFT), fast dry, high solids, low VOC/HAP’s, high gloss polyurethane with mirror-like DOI (depth-of-image). This unique product allows for dry times to be customized by the applicator to meet the expectations of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s). The coating has high early hardness, excellent adhesion and resistance to impact, marring, abrasion, chemicals and staining. 3900 is recommended as a direct to metal (DTM) finish coating or as a finish over universal alkyds, epoxies, epoxy mastics, or properly prepared aged coatings.

What is UreGrip 3900?

US Coatings understands that a fast drying, great looking finish signifies value in the eyes of our customers, and UG 3900 is the perfect solution to communicate product quality to their customers that lasts beyond the time of sale. UreGrip 3900 was designed to meet a variety of customer needs in the OEM and light industrial market. This product offers the aesthetics of an automotive finish combined with the performance of an industrial urethane. The ease of use and the physical performance exceeds any competitive coating in the high-solids, thin-film urethane market space today.

The application qualities are appropriate where high DOI (depth of image) and improved throughput are desired, for example, excavation & agribusiness equipment, top-of-the-line light duty trailers, compressors, metal furniture & fixtures, crane fabricators, and job shops.

Additional markets where clients are searching for a thin film topcoat with superior hiding and UV stable polyurethane finish the for completing of their custom work or large-scale assembly lines. The lower film build capability makes 3900 aggressive against thicker film polyurethanes. 3900 is also perfect for maintenance and touch-up of existing structures in moderately corrosive, high visibility areas.


  • Infinite color matching capability with revolutionary US Coatings proprietary system
  • Ability to accept standard high-performance coatings tint systems
  • Force-cure capable
  • Exceeds air quality restriction requirements for the entire US
  • May be applied as a DTM (Direct-to-Metal)
  • Application by conventional, airless spray, HVLP, electrostatic or plural component spray
  • Customizable dry times
  • Wet look, high DOI finish offers best-in-class aesthetics

Market Segment Targets:

  • General Metal Finishing, Compressors, Tools, Machine Tools, Packaging Equipment, Dumpsters, Garden Equipment
  • Light and Heavy Duty Equipment, Earth Moving Equipment, Cranes, Machinery, Lift Trucks and Accessories
  • Agriculture Equipment, Wagons, Tillers, Bailers, Spreaders, Harvesting Equipment
  • Light and Heavy Duty Trailer Manufactures
  • Appliances
  • Office Furniture
  • Lawn and Garden Furniture
  • Metal Building Products, Doors, Shelving, Displays, Fencing, Tool Sheds
  • Decorative Steel Products

Competitive Comparisons

Company US Coatings Sherwin-Williams Carboline
Product UreGrip 3900 Polane HS Plus Carbothane 8845
Generic Polyurethane Polyurethane Acrylic, Aliphatic Polyurethane
Gloss 90+ 90+ 75+
SBV 76% 60% 71%
VOC supplied 215 g/l 335 g/l 228 g/l
HAP’s supplied 0.43lbs/solid gallon NA 0.54lbs/solid gallon
DFT/coat 1.5-3 mils/25-50µ 1.5-2 mils/37-50µ 3-5 mils/75-125µ
Dry to Touch @ 75°F/24°C 60-90 minutes/


60-90 minutes 90-120 minutes
Dry to Handle @ 75°F/24°C 4-8 hours 10-12 hours 7-8 hours
To Recoat 60-90 minutes 60-90 minutes 90-120 minutes
Max Recoat No Maximum NA 200°F/93°C
Airless Spray Tip .013-.017” .009-.013” .013-.017”
Mix Ratio 4:1 3:1 4:1
Surface Prep Primer Finish
SSPC SP3 NA UreGrip 3900
Pretreated Surfaces NA UreGrip 3900
SSPC SP6 MultiGrip 7000 Universal UreGrip 3900
SSPC SP6 MultiGrip 7000 Phenolic Alkyd UreGrip 3900
SSPC SP6 EpoxyGrip 2900 UreGrip 3900
SSPC SP6 EpoxyGrip 2500 UreGrip 3900
Feature Advantage Benefit
High Solids Coating Lower applied cost per square foot applied VOC and HAPs regulations and reduced
VOC and HAPs regulations and reduced Lower operating costs than competitive products Greater plant safety and reduced hazardous waste generation
Unique color delivery system Early hardness and excellent color and gloss retention Coatings looks like new for longer

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US Coatings Joins Dunn-Edwards Industrial Lineup

The following is from a release that initially appeared on the website of Dunn-Edwards Paints

Dunn-Edwards is proud to now carry US Coatings, a leading manufacturer of high-performance and industrial coatings. US Coatings manufactures a complete line of light-, moderate and severe-duty industrial products, including single-component acrylic primers and topcoats, alkyd shop primers, two-component epoxies, urethane, and ultra-weatherable poly-siloxane products. If your project requires intumescent coatings, US Coatings also offers complete product solutions for interior and exterior fireproofing requirements. US Coatings custom tailors its products to fit the needs of clients across a wide variety of markets and — with the addition of this new product line — Dunn-Edwards now provides the most extensive range of industrial product solutions in the Southwest.

Founded in 2000 in St. Louis, MO., US Coatings is an industry leader with connections spanning a vast number of specialty coatings markets, including marine, oil and gas, chemical, mining, water and waste-water treatment, manufacturing and commercial and architectural. Despite this success, US Coatings is committed to remaining nimble enough to take on any challenge, large or small. All US Coatings products are manufactured with the latest in coatings technology, providing exceptional toughness and durability, advanced corrosion resistance, enhanced chemical resistance and superior weatherability, as well as ease of application. Many US Coatings products meet or exceed SSPC coating specifications, such as SSPC – Coating Specification No. 36 which defines performance-based qualifications for Two Component Weatherable Aliphatic Polyurethane Topcoats.

More than just purveyors of paint, US Coatings take collaborating with its customers seriously, providing superior service throughout the course of every job. With the support of US Coatings, Dunn-Edwards continues to focus on building relationships with customers to offer personalized attention to each client’s project — before, during and after — something the competition can’t match. For more information regarding US Coatings or any of its industrial coatings partners, please contact your local Dunn-Edwards sales representative.


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US Coatings adds East Coast sales team

US Coatings is excited to announce the addition of a new East Coast sales team to further expand our nationwide industrial coatings sales presence. Patriot Metal Finishing Systems, Inc. will now be carrying products from US Coatings.

The Mooresville, North Carolina-based company specializes in finding metal finishing solutions for a broad customer base across a number of industries.

“It’s really exciting to see our coast-to-coast presence solidified with such a trusted brand,” said US Coatings General Manager Mike Reed. “Being attached to the Patriot name on the East Coast represents massive sales potential for us.”

“We are honored to form a new partnership with US Coatings. Complementing our current liquid paint offering, US Coatings brings to Patriot an exceptional staff, state of the art coating technology & a service lab and team that are second to none in our industry,” said Matthew R. DeVries, President of Patriot Metal Finishing. “We believe this new business relationship will launch both our companies to a new level of sales and recognition in the finishing industry.”

The agreement with Patriot Metal Finishing comes shortly after the opening of a warehouse and industrial tint center in Los Angeles, California. Together, these agreements help to expand the nationwide distribution capabilities of US Coatings through trusted partnerships.

About US Coatings

US Coatings is a St. Louis, Missouri-based industrial coatings supplier. Founded in 2000, US Coatings creates products designed to serve a number of specialty markets and applications and prides itself on superior customer service throughout the course of the job.

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US Coatings opens warehouse, industrial tint center in Los Angeles, California

In order to better serve Southern California and the surrounding Southwestern United States, US Coatings recently opened a warehouse and industrial tint center in Los Angeles, California. In addition to increased stocking and distribution capabilities, the industrial tint center will provide locally available color matching for US Coatings products.

The facility will expand US Coatings’ presence and capabilities on the West Coast following agreements with new distributors and other customers in the area.

“From a strategic and logistical standpoint, we’re really happy about this new facility and what it will allow us to do,” said US Coatings General Manager Mike Reed. “Southern California and the rest of the Southwestern United States are extremely important operational areas for us and this new facility will expand our capacity there.

In addition to the warehouse, US Coatings has partnered with Premier Surfaces, Inc. to expand sales capabilities in the area. A network of independent salespeople with years of experience and a traditional focus on the Southwest will now be offering US Coatings products to their customers.

US Coatings is a St. Louis, Missouri-based industrial coatings supplier. Founded in 2000, US Coatings creates products designed to serve a number of specialty markets and applications and prides itself on superior customer service throughout the course of the job.

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VOC regulations and what they mean for manufacturers

VOC limits and manufacturers

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are commonly emitted from everything from aerosol deodorants to household cleaning supplies. But because VOCs contribute to the buildup of ground-level ozone, VOC regulations exist in industries where they may be released in large enough quantities to constitute a substantial health risk.

According to the EPA, ground-level ozone results from a reaction between oxides of nitrogen and sunlight. It can make breathing difficult and is associated with a host of respiratory issues. Residents of some large cities, such as Los Angeles or Beijing, will be familiar with the buildup of smog over the city skyline, especially during periods of sunny weather. VOCs are, in essence, a main ingredient of smog. But whereas Los Angeles began to regulate emissions in the 1970s and the parts per million of ground-level ozone have fallen ever since, Beijing has only recently enacted emission controls and still sees exceptionally smoggy days.

Though inventions like the catalytic converter have been instrumental in cutting pollution, so too have regulations on the output of VOCs in industrial settings. While VOC regulations may sometimes be a thorn in the side of high-output facilities, they’re nothing compared to the health effects that can result from heavy exposure to ground-level ozone from VOCs.

VOC regulations by state

Coatings manufacturers are limited in the number of VOCs they may put in their coatings by the EPA’s Architectural Coating Rule for Volatile Organic Compounds. Enacted in 1998, this subset of the earlier Clean Air Act sets nationwide rules for the manufacture, labeling and packaging of coatings intended for use on any stationary structure. This category includes what are typically thought of as industrial coatings.

Additionally, nearly every industry has its own regulations controlling for VOC emissions. State regulations must meet what the EPA calls Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT), or the lowest VOC emission levels that can be achieved given technological and economic considerations. Some states and counties, however, go even further. States like Pennsylvania and California have enacted VOC regulations that are far tougher than the EPA’s.

How low-VOC products can help business

VOC regulations don’t have to be the limiting factor in production for manufacturers. OEM and other operations using large amounts of industrial coatings have low-VOC options. These can help keep manufacturers running at full bore, while allowing manufacturers to continue doing business as usual.

We’ve written on this blog before about 100% solids coatings. These are coatings which contain no solvents, and hence no VOCs. While it is true that these coatings tend to come with a higher sticker price than a similar coating containing VOCs, they also tend to cover a much greater surface area. In many cases, this can make the price difference a relative wash.

Water-based coatings are another option for manufacturing operations to reduce their VOC output. While these coatings may have had longer curing times in the past, newer, hybrid formulations and other methods of forced curing have largely made this issue irrelevant. These products can also help to remove the need to artificially slow production in order to stay beneath VOC emission limits.

If you’re interested in discussing low or zero VOC coatings further, we’d love to talk. You can get in touch with us here.

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The cost effectiveness of flow efficiency coatings

Note: This is the fourth of a series of posts covering the definition, development and properties of flow efficiency coatings. Click the button at the bottom of this post to download the full PDF.

internal pipe coatings

Our series on flow coatings has hopefully been building the case that, when the advantages of flow efficiency coatings are combined with the corrosion-resistant properties of 100 solids coatings, they more than justify the expenditure.

Flow coatings have been shown to reduce both capital and operating expenditures over the long term. A 2000 study demonstrated that flow coatings were capable of cutting friction coefficients by 50 percent in carbon steel pipes.

Another study by Rafael Zamorano shows that a 1,200 km pipeline owned by GasAtacama returned substantial savings by using internal flow coatings. The company reported saving $2.4 million in fuel for compressor stations alone. When this figure was added to reductions in capital and operating costs, savings exceeded $20 million.

Shell Global Solutions was recently able to demonstrate cost savings of 5% on a 250 km stretch of pipeline because flow efficiency coatings allowed them to move to a smaller diameter pipe. France’s Institut Francais du Petrole realized cost savings of 7-14% in lightly corroded pipe and 15-25% in the case of highly corroded pipe.

The sticker shock that accompanies these 100 percent solids has discouraged owners from investing in them, despite the returns on investment they have been found to deliver. On average, 100 percent solids run around twice the cost of the same amount of 50 percent solids.

Fortunately, these higher solid coatings end up covering about twice the surface area of the lower solid option. This turns the price difference into a relative wash. Once the added benefits of a 100 percent solid are factored in—zero VOCs, no loss factors since the components aren’t mixed until the time of the application and added corrosion protection—then 100 percent solids bring far more to the table than their apparently lower-priced counterparts.

The debate over the cost-effectiveness of flow efficiency coatings has raged for some time. But developments in 100 percent solids coatings lead to added benefits as internal pipe coatings that tip the balance in favor of these coatings. Unlike their forerunners, these coatings allow for added mil thickness when corrosion protection is a concern. In addition to increasing hydraulic efficiency and preventing buildup, internal pipeline coatings are now able to provide effective corrosion protection. And given the rise of new forms of oil and gas extraction, corrosive materials will soon be flowing through a lot more pipeline.

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Note: This is the third of a series of posts covering the definition, development and properties of flow efficiency coatings. Click the button at the bottom of this post to download the full PDF.

Flow efficiency plus internal pipeline corrosion control

For years, regulatory agencies have focused on the issue of external pipeline corrosion, sometimes neglecting or leaving aside the question of internal corrosion. Not surprisingly given the harsh environments many oil and gas pipelines operate in, most of the energy has been allocated to preventing corrosion occurring on the outside of pipelines.

Only recently have pipeline owners begun to focus serious attention on problems (and missed opportunities) stemming from internal buildup and corrosion. As documented cases of internal corrosion pile up, the argument for flow efficiency coatings being a sound investment is strengthened. The proliferation of hydraulic fracturing and similar methods of oil and gas extraction only furthers this conclusion. For an explanation of why these methods introduce more corrosive elements than traditional extraction methods, see this post on tank linings in the age of hydraulic fracturing.

Traditionally, internal pipeline coatings have been divided into two groups: those aimed at improving hydraulic efficiency and those aimed at controlling corrosion. Flow coatings, typically applied at a thickness of around 2 mils, were not sufficiently thick to be considered corrosion resistant linings, which are typically around 5 mils thick.

But 100 percent solids can help to close this gap between traditional flow coatings and corrosion resistant ones. Unlike with water or solvent-based coatings, 100 percent solids allow for the addition of mil thickness until the desired level is reached. There is no danger of water or solvents becoming trapped within the film build because there is no water or solvent.

This feature allows 100 percent solids to provide added value as internal pipeline coatings, since they serve both to increase hydraulic efficiency and to fight the sort of corrosion that can lead to disastrous financial and environmental setbacks.

Internal pipeline corrosion control

As mentioned in an earlier post, increased attention is being paid to flow rate and instances of internal corrosion. According to a study conducted by the API, corrosion was still the leading cause of leaks by 2012. There were 204 total incidents of internal corrosion between 1999 and 2012. Of these incidents, 31 occurred in portions of pipeline that had intermittent flow and seven in portions that had no flow. In these instances of low to no flow, water is more likely to collect against the side of the pipe, creating the conditions necessary for corrosion to occur.

The report concludes that, while instances of external corrosion continue to be the leading cause of incidents along pipelines, much more has been done to address these external issues. As a result, their rate of occurrence is dropping far faster than instances of internal corrosion.

When the stakes include the costs of a damaged asset, time lost with the asset out of service, leaked material and environmental liabilities, then it stands to reason that internal anti-corrosion coatings justify the initial cost output. If they also combine flow-efficiency properties, their value is all the more certain.

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Note: This is the second of a series of posts covering the definition, development and properties of flow efficiency coatings. Click the button at the bottom of this post to download the full PDF. 

Flow efficiency coatings: A history

For years, the most common formulations of flow coatings were based on low solids epoxies. But recent regulations governing VOCs emissions at the regional, national and international levels have made these formulations difficult or impossible to use. In response, some companies have begun to experiment with new formulas for internal pipe coatings.

Flow efficiency coatings: A history

Water-based epoxies emerged early as a potential solution, but problems have surfaced. Water has proven difficult to remove once the coatings have been applied. This makes climate a major factor in the application process. In predominantly humid environments, water-based coatings have a tendency not to dry at all.

Plural-component, 100 percent solids coatings have superseded water-based epoxies as a solution to the problem of flow efficiency coatings and emissions regulations. These have been shown to have quick cure times, regardless of weather conditions. Even in rain, 100 percent solids tend to dry. And of course, because they contain no solvents, they comply with even the strictest regulations.

It is true that some investments must be made in order for an operation to make use of plural component coatings. Pumps and other application equipment are on consideration. The products themselves are generally about twice as expensive, as well. This turns into a relative wash, though, because they also tend to cover twice the surface area of lower solids coatings, so about half as much product is required. Waste is also a non-issue, since plural component coatings are not mixed until the moment before they are applied.

These benefits make 100 percent solids a viable option for use as flow efficiency coatings. But there is another benefit high solids coatings can bring to flow efficiency that may ultimately tip the balance in favor of the cost-effectiveness of these types of coatings. In our next post, we’ll be discussing how, and why, corrosion-resistant properties can be combined for ultimate utility.

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How internal pipe coatings affect pipeline-pumping efficiency

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Note: This is the first in a series of posts covering the definition, development and properties of flow efficiency coatings. Click the button at the bottom of this post to download the full PDF.

Flow efficiency coatings are meant to reduce operational costs associated with pumping petroleum products through a pipeline by enhancing the smoothness of the pipe’s interiors.

These pipe linings improve hydraulic efficiency by smoothening the interior surface and preventing the buildup of corrosion and deposits. The elimination of even minor variations in surface height inside of a pipeline has been shown to drastically reduce the costs associated with pumping products through the line.

The American Petroleum Institute (API), one of the agencies which publishes standards for flow efficiency coatings, cites the following four benefits of flow efficiency coatings; improved flow characteristics, corrosion protection during the period preceding construction, enhancement of visual inspection of the internal pipe surface and the improvement of pigging efficiency.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has also issued guidelines for friction reduction coatings. In 2001, these standards began to account for some developments not accounted for in the standards issued by the API. But neither of these most common industry standards for flow efficiency coatings makes any provision for the presence of corrosive gasses. In fact, ISO 15741 explicitly states that the standards do not account for the presence of corrosive gasses.

As more and more oil is procured from water-intensive methods such as hydraulic fracturing, pipeline owners will have to account for the presence of corrosive materials. This trend will have to be reflected in domestic or international standards regarding the use of flow efficiency coatings, and has potential to shift the most desirable formulations for flow efficiency coatings.

In our next post on flow efficiency coatings, we’ll discuss some basic formulations, the reasons they haven’t been universally adopted and improvements on the horizon.

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Aboveground storage tank regulations changing in West Virginia

WV Aboveground Storage Tank Regulations Changing

A disastrous spill of chemicals into the Elk River near Charleston, West Virginia early this year left 300,000 people without clean drinking water and prompted legislation mandating tighter regulations for inspecting aboveground storage tanks.

The spill, which left area residents completely reliant on bottled water, understandably prompted fears that a similar incident could again occur in the future. Legislators responded with Senate Bill 373, which contained sections entitled Aboveground Storage Tank Act 22-30 and Public Water Supply Protection Act 22-31.

An Interpretive Rule was released to assist in understanding and complying with the inspection guidelines set out in West Virginia’s Aboveground Storage Tank Act. Broadly speaking, this new legislation requires aboveground storage tank (ASTs) owners to have their tanks inspected before the first of the year, and to address the issues described in the Interpretive Rule.

We can help

The Interpretive Rule was released solely for the purpose of helping AST owners understand the inspection demands in light of the quick action required. Imminent deadlines have made compliance a tricky issue for AST owners.

Here’s where we come in. US Coatings offers coating specification consulting at no cost to you. Meet with an experienced coatings representative to discuss some of the challenges your tank linings will face. We’ll select coatings based on the appropriate chemical resistances, discuss the application procedure and begin to draw up a maintenance procedure for moving forward.

Corrosion maintenance plans help to reduce instances of unforeseen expenditures on your AST in the future. When well designed, these coatings maintenance budget projections can spread costs out over time and help to avoid the sort of tank lining failures that could be catastrophic for the environment and area residents.

A highly unfortunate turn of events led to a change of regulations in the state of West Virginia. But the burden of that change shouldn’t be unbearable for the state’s AST owners. We think we can help make the transition a little easier.

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