Preservation For The New Millennium
Cortec® VpCI®-126 Blue & VpCI®-386!
One of the biggest challenges in
maintaining spares and redundant
machinery in a prime state, ready for
operation, is keeping it all from corrosion
and deterioration. The process can be an
expensive and overwhelming proposition.
Proper preservation techniques during
storage and machinery mothballing are
becoming extremely important as cost of
downtime and machinery repairs
When asset safeguarding is required for periodic or seasonal lay-up or longer term mothballing,
Cortec’s Patented Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitor (VpCI®) products provide a low-cost, easy-to-apply
solution that will preserve property for periods of several months to over 15 years. In a vast
majority of cases, a conscientiously executed preservation program will pay for itself very
A well-known, world leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and
natural gas engines, industrial turbines and diesel-electric locomotives, has recently used Cortec’s
environmentally safe products to protect their heavy equipment against corrosion during storage
One of the first problems that the client had was corrosion free storage of over stock surplus.
They kept them in a yard that was close to the sea and due to the length of time they had been
kept there, some sections of the equipment’s paints were blistered and cracked leaving the bare
plate exposed to the sea environment, which caused corrosion. To overcome this issue, the
engineer was using conventional paint to cover corroded areas, however, after one-two months
the paint was cracked and the parts were corroding again. To solve the issue, Cortec’s VpCI®-386 was applied to those areas that were cracked and corroded. An inspection after 3 months showed
that the coating applied had protected the equipment and showed no further signs of corrosion.
VpCI®-386 is a unique water-based acrylic primer/topcoat that successfully provides protection in
harsh, outdoor, unsheltered applications. The complex mixture of non-toxic organic inhibitors
offers protection that can compete with most paints and zinc-rich primers. VpCI®-386 is superior
to many other coatings with inorganic pigments because the resistance has been improved by
replacing pigments and metal oxides with more effective organic corrosion inhibitors. The special
combination of additives provides a composite polymer barrier that significantly retards the
reaction of metal ionization. A protective film is adsorbed onto metal surfaces. It protects against
corrosive electrolytes and aggressive environments; preventing corrosion. VpCI®-386 provides a
fast-drying thixotropic coating that is resistant to sagging or running, forming a tough, nonflammable,
protective barrier. This dry-to-touch film offers extended protection for outdoor or
indoor conditions. Thermally stable when dried from -150°F to 350°F (-78°C to 180°C). The
coating is ultraviolet resistant giving optimal outdoor performance without cracking or chipping
upon prolonged exposure to sunlight.
This well-known client was also looking for the best corrosion protection method to ship big
generators from Brazil to Japan. The ocean trip would take approximately 90 days and the
generators needed to arrive corrosion free. To resolve the problem and receive continuous
protection against salt, excessive humidity, condensation, and moisture, Cortec® VpCI®-126 Blue
was draped over the equipment, the edges were sealed with water proof tape, and then a thick tarp
was placed over the film to further protect the equipment. When the generators arrived in Japan,
there were no visible signs of corrosion.
Cortec’s Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitor (VpCI®)-126 Series films combine the latest film
technology with the most effective corrosion protection for all of your metal products. Cortec®
VpCI® films protects metal parts from all types of corrosion including rust, tarnish, stains, white
rust, and oxidation for up to several years. The film replaces conventional rust preventatives such
as oil and desiccants.
It is extremely important for Cortec® and its distributors to make sure that the client’s satisfaction
with the product and application is achieved. The people involved in these projects greatly
appreciated the efforts in the successful completion of the equipment preservation and expressed
abundant satisfaction with the way the projects’ results turned out.