As specialist coatings experts, we have historically worked to achieve many products that have been approved to defence standards – some of which can be found here – and we have now introduced a new range of military standard paint systems in direct response to the introduction of Def Stan 80-225. The new standard was introduced towards the end of 2018 and replaces a series of previous standards: Def Stan 80-206, Def Stan 80-207, Def Stan 80-208 and Def Stan 80-209. Crucially, the products in this new range are free from Chrome VI and meet low VOC requirements.
“This is a sector in which our laboratory has been developing chrome replacement options for a number of years so we were in a good position to respond quickly to the introduction of the new military standard,” says Brian Norton, Indestructible Paint’s Managing Director. He points out that the Def Stan 80-225 compliance is designed for use with military vehicles and non-aircraft equipment, and can be supplied in a range of colours specified by the military.
Comprising a choice of primer and top coat options – making the system suitable for both ferrous and non-ferrous substrates – the paint can be supplied to provide either a near matt IRR or gloss non-IRR finish. Application is by spray system with the coating requiring only a simple drying stage.
“The defence sector is an excellent example of our long-standing focus on developing products that meet specific application needs,” continues Brian Norton. “Quite clearly, equipment in this context has to meet significant operational and environmental challenges so it is important that the full range of coatings we supply is consistent and robust, while also being quick and simple to apply.
“Our latest Def Stan 80-225 system fulfils these needs while also answering important concerns about chrome usage. The overall result is a highly practical solution for our customers in the military sector and an excellent demonstration of the knowledge and capability of our in-house research and development team,” he concludes.