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Epoxy Rebar Coating Replaced with Water-based MCI® Polymer Download in Word format

June 26, 2001 For Immediate Release

Company Contact:
Oleh Artym
Rawn America                   
(651) 429-1100 

Editorial Contact
Tomas Gardebring
Blue Leopard Inc.
(952) 921-4945


Epoxy Rebar Coating Replaced with Water-based MCI® Polymer

Cortec® Research Chemists have developed an alternative to costly epoxy rebar coating. The new polymer coating is based upon Cortec's patented MCI® and VpCITM technology utilizing non-toxic, water-based chemistries. The environmentally friendly formulation is fully biodegradable, making application in the field easy and environmentally sound. No special safety precautions or clean-up is required. The product can be applied to rebar with conventional spray, brush, rollers or immersion.

Unlike the rebar coating developed twenty (20) years ago with epoxy which hardened, cracked and exposed rebar to corrosion, the Cortec MCI Rebar Coating provides a semi-soft film which is self-healing. It provides unique barrier properties to aggressive outside environments and offers Cortec's Migratory Corrosion InhibitingTM action to maximize rebar protection in the event of bending, scratches, or other surface imperfections. In aggressive ASTM D1748 testing, the Cortec MCI Rebar Coating provided over 1000 hours of protection, the equivalent of two years exposure to hostile outside environments.

The MCI coating does not need to be removed before rebar is embedded into concrete. While the coating does not affect adhesion of the concrete to the rebar, it substantially boosts the corrosion protection of the metal. This added capability makes it especially effective for bridges, decks, garages, buildings and lanais. These structures are subject to heavy corrosive attack from chlorides in coastal environments and de-icing in winter conditions. Without adequate protection against such harsh conditions, corrosion destroys 75% of the planned life of a concrete structure. Cortec MCI Rebar Coating fights against premature rebuilding, maintenance or demolition.

MCI Rebar Coating is available in standard colors as well as clear coat. It can be applied at the steel mill and service center for up to five (5) years indoor protection. The coating will provide up to two (2) years outdoor protection when applied in the field. If required, the coating can be removed by heavy duty alkaline cleaners.

Photo: High resolution photo tif of Cortec® MCI Coating for Rebars is available for download above.

Company Description:
Cortec® Corporation, a pioneer in Vapor Corrosion Inhibition technology, is located in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Cortec manufactures a variety of corrosion inhibiting and rust-preventive systems based on Vapor Corrosion Inhibition technology.

Cortec Website:   Phone: 1-800-426-7832   FAX: (651) 429-1122