Product Announcement from Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings
Ensuring food products remain uncontaminated during their journey from field to tables worldwide is more important, and more regulated, than ever. Solving a common food safety problem faced by agricultural producers, Sherwin-Williams has introduced CARFLEX™ HS Epoxy, an innovative coating technology that combines toughness and flexibility to prevent contamination when transporting and storing dry bulk food products. The new product meets FDA 175.300 for direct contact dry bulk storage.
CARFLEX HS is a polyamide-cured modified epoxy formulated for lining rail hopper cars, storage tanks, marine vessels and grain elevators. It offers excellent corrosion protection and flexibility, and is impact and abrasion resistant. Its high build and flexibility also make the product suitable for bolted and/or riveted tanks and concrete. A unique copolymer designed to provide impact resistance and crack protection at flexing weld seams is the key to CARFLEX HS's resilient performance.
In addition to solving its customers' needs for a food-safe, durable coating, Sherwin-Williams also developed this new product to have less environmental impact and be safer than other coatings used for dry bulk storage. CARFLEX HS is 100 percent solids and contains zero solvents and its volatile organic compound (VOC) content is less than 100 grams per liter (16 g/L; 0.13 lb/gal, mixed). CARFLEX HS also is free of bisphenol A (BPA), making it a safer option for agricultural producers that choose not to use products or linings that contain BPA.
Designed as a one-coat or two-coat system, CARFLEX HS dries and cures quickly to reduce the time assets are out of service. Its tough glossy surface is easy to clean, minimizing maintenance requirements.