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Cortec VpCI® 380 Railcar Coating

Cortec VpCI® 380 Railcar Coating

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VpCI® 380 Railcar Coating is a one-of-a-kind, direct-to-metal (DTM) acrylic formulation. It has been enriched with fluoropolymer modification.

This coating is the perfect solution tailored specifically for the railcar industry.

Not only does this coating offer outstanding adhesion to various substrates, including ferrous and non-ferrous metals, but it also boasts exceptional compatibility with certain engineered plastics.

VpCI 380's superiority lies in its sophisticated blend of non toxic, organic corrosion inhibitors. With these components, it provides exceptional protection. It rivals even the most advanced primer and topcoat systems. With its fast-drying thixotropic characteristics, this coating exhibits a glossy finish, seamless flow, and remarkable levelling properties akin to alkyd coatings, all while maintaining excellent resistance to sagging.


This innovative coating offers a rapid drying process, ensuring efficiency and convenience. Its high gloss finish further enhances its aesthetic appeal while providing optimal outdoor performance.

Safe and Non-flammable

The VpCI® 380 Railcar Coating is non-flammable, ensuring a secure application process. When fully dried, it becomes UV resistant. Thus, it is ideal for extended outdoor usage without any concerns about colour fading or degradation.

Versatile One-Coat System

This characteristic streamlines the application process, saving time and effort while still delivering top-notch results. Moreover, it provides exceptional protection for a wide range of metals, making it a reliable choice for various applications involving different metal types.

Adhesion Properties

The VpCI® 380 Railcar Coating boasts impressive adhesion properties, ensuring it adheres strongly to both ferrous and non-ferrous metals, guaranteeing a long-lasting and robust protective layer. Additionally, it exhibits remarkable adhesion even to some engineered plastics, making it a versatile option for various substrates.


With an application thickness of 3-5 mil DFT, this coating serves both as a topcoat and a primer. For even better results, it can be used in combination with Cortec's VpCI 395 primer as a topcoat.

When applying VpCI 380, it's essential to ensure that the dew point is at least 5°F (2°C) lower than the air temperature to guarantee proper application. Achieving the right viscosity is crucial. You can power agitate the mixture to achieve it. Use a mixer with cylindrical shape or a hand-held one.

There are various application methods to choose from, such as spray, flow coat, brush, or dip, depending on the specific needs and preferences of the project.

We suggest using a fluid hose with a 3/8" (0.95 cm) I.D. for traditional spray application. The hose can have up to 50 feet (15.2 meters) in length. For best results, the pot must always have dual regulation. Always maintain the pot at the same elevation as the spray gun.

Alternatively, for airless application, a hose with a 3/8” (0.95 cm) I.D. is the minimum requirement, but a ¼” (0.64 cm) I.D. whip end section can be utilised for easier application. The suggested maximum length for the hose is 100 feet (30.5 m). To achieve the best results, it's advisable to use a tip with 0.3 to 0.4 cm width and a pressure range of 1200 to 1700 psi. For improved performance, consider using Teflon or nylon-type packings, available from the pump manufacturer.

It's worth noting that equipment similar to the ones described may also be suitable for application, providing a range of options for achieving effective results.

Packaging and Storage

This advanced coating is offered in various packaging options to suit your specific needs. Options include metal drums, pails, liquid totes, and bulk quantities. Liquid totes, bulk quantities and metal drums are in 55-gallon options while pails are only in 5 gallons.

To maintain the product's optimal performance, it is essential to store it in a controlled environment and prevent it from freezing. When stored appropriately, VpCI-380 boasts an impressive shelf life of one year, ensuring its reliability and effectiveness for an extended period.

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