EcoAir® Extinguishes Aerosol Blow Torch Technology

May 11, 2000 For Immediate Release
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EcoAir® Extinguishes Aerosol Blow Torch Technology


In the early 50’s aerosol technology brought new, innovative ways to apply products like hair spray, dust removers, and rust preventatives. In the industrial world, aerosol sprays brought handy spray convenience and got rid of oily rags and dirty squirt cans. For the adventurous, aerosols could also provide some Saturday night entertainment. Whether it was hair spray or rust preventive, the handy Zippo lighter or simple match met a thrill seeker’s expectations. Light the match, press the aerosol button and instant blow torch with flames up to six feet long.

Aerosol technology seemed like a good thing, despite its potential blow torch delivery, strong odor and environmental hazards. The best of today’s technology has gone far beyond what our fathers and mothers used. Cortec® Corporation’s Spray Technologies Division has developed new, safe rust preventives with the same handy convenience of spray can application. Without the drawbacks of aerosol technology, the new EcoAir® VCI-377 product provides three times better rust protection.

EcoAir® VCI-377 replaces flammable aerosols. It removes potential fire hazard with a water-based, biodegradable formulation that acts like a fire extinguisher in the presence of a flame. In fact, the product doesn’t have enough "fire" power to even warrant "combustible" on its labeling. With VCI-377, the non-flammable formulation can be stored anywhere and shipped safely by air. Traditional oil based flammable products require explosion proof handling for both shipping and storage.

The secret of EcoAir® VCI-377 comes from its unique EcoAir® delivery system. Using a special EcoPouchTM, this spray is powered by compressed air. It allows the new, hi-tech formulas of today’s technology to solve old rust problems and take care of safety, health and environmental concerns. Cortec’s EcoAir® VCI-377 is an environmental innovation. In addition to being water-based and biodegradable, the entire product including the can is recyclable. Instead of filling the air with harsh chemicals that can make breathing difficult, its mild odor is hardly noticeable.

Cortec’s EcoAir® VCI—377 protects 2 times better than leading aerosol rust preventive lubricants. Cortec’s VCI® patented technology delivers corrosion protection for hard-to-reach areas such as cavities and voids. Rather than a messy, oily residue, it dries to a thin, clear, film and requires no removal, no clean up, or hazardous disposal. By providing short and long term protection for both ferrous and non-ferrous metals, the product allows users to work with one rust preventative coating for all their protection needs.


Enclosed Photo A shows the blow torch effect when a conventional aerosol rust preventive comes near a flame. It also demonstrates how Cortec® EcoAir® VCI-377 acts like a fire extinguisher and puts out the flame.

Enclosed Photo B compares the rust protection of water-based Cortec® EcoAir® VCI-377, conventional water-based rust preventive spray, and a leading aerosol rust preventive. The steel panels were all treated and tested according to ASTM D-1748 in a humidity chamber for five days. The aerosol and conventional water-based spray panels showed rust after 24 hours and progressively increased. EcoAir® VCI-377 remained rust free.

Company Description.
Cortec® Corporation, a pioneer in VCI 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.Additional Background:Cortec recently received a National Award from plant users recognizing EcoAir® VCI‹377 as a leading new chemical for environmentally safe, and effective corrosion prevention. In addition to being biodegradable, the product offers a very low environmental impact because EcoAir® spray does not use any aerosol propellant, or contain any CFCós that can be released into the atmosphere. It uses a unique compressed air system and EcoPouch® to deliver VCI-377. EcoAir VCI-377 exceeds the new California Air Resource Board Standards that go into effect in 2001 and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Standards that take effect in 2006. For International users, EcoAir VCI-377 complies with the Montreal Convention 2015 Standards.