Sherwin-Williams Launches NSF/ANSI/CAN 600-Compliant High Solids Epoxy Lining for Potable Water Assets
Sherplate™ 600 lining meets low-solvent standard in an easy-to-apply, single-leg spray formulation
CLEVELAND (September 26, 2022) – Ahead of new regulations that go into effect in January 2023 for potable water assets, Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine has launched a high solids epoxy lining that’s completely free of the restricted solvents. The lining, Sherplate™ 600, meets the new NSF/ANSI/CAN 600: Health Effects Evaluation and Criteria in Drinking Water standard, which will drastically reduce the Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs) of xylene, toluene and ethylbenzene found within coating and lining products certified for potable water storage use. The high-solids Sherplate 600 epoxy phenalkamide lining does not contain xylene, toluene, ethylbenzene or even oxsol, which may lose exempt status in the very near future.
Most of the coatings to be approved under NSF/ANSI/CAN 600 will feature 100% volume solids, as such ultrahigh solids materials include minimal to no solvents. However, certain high-solids coatings, such as Sherplate 600, that lack the restricted solvents will be permitted. This offers applicators advantages as the 89% volume solids Sherplate 600 is easier to apply than 100% solids formulations and can be sprayed using either single-leg or plural-component equipment. The coating sprays more like the single-leg sprayable, 70% solids epoxy linings poised for elimination under NSF/ANSI/CAN 600. Therefore, applicators not familiar with plural-component equipment will have an easier learning curve for spraying Sherplate 600 compared to applying 100% solids linings.
Specifying Sherplate 600 today will help owners achieve maximum corrosion protection and environmental compliance as well as support the contractor’s need for efficient, constructable product solutions. We are very excited to introduce this product into the marketplace as a transformational solution to meet new regulatory requirements.
“With the NSF/ANSI/CAN 600 implementation coming so soon and with all of the unknown variables looming around exempt solvents, asset owners and engineers should consider specifying Sherplate 600 today to achieve their clean water delivery goals of tomorrow and into the future,” noted Paul Trautmann Marketing Director, Water Infrastructure for Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Division. “Specifying Sherplate 600 today will help owners achieve maximum corrosion protection and environmental compliance as well as support the contractor’s need for efficient, constructable product solutions. We are very excited to introduce this product into the marketplace as a transformational solution to meet new regulatory requirements.”
Sherplate 600 can be applied up to 16 mils dry film thickness (DFT) per coat and up to a total thickness of 24 mils DFT. That high film-build capability coupled with the coating’s high edge-retention capabilities, enable the material to be used for stripe coating welds, edges and corners before completing full lining applications. Certain epoxy formulations containing solvents have been preferred for stripe coating, but those materials will likely no longer be permitted under the new NSF/ANSI/CAN 600 regulations.
Approved for potable water use in water tanks, pipes, ductile iron pipes and water treatment plant assets, Sherplate 600 complies with AWWA D102 Inside Coating Systems (ICS) 1, 2,5 and 6 as well as AWWA D102 Outside Coating Systems (OCS) 5 and 6. It has a semi-gloss finish and is available in white, light blue, buff and red colors, giving applicators options for alternating colors to visually confirm full application coverage. The lining also has a low odor and a volatile organic compound (VOC) content of <100 g/L.
Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings delivers smart asset protection and unmatched commercial, technical and specification service to customers in a wide array of markets, including Oil & Gas, Water & Wastewater, Bridge & Highway, Steel Fabrication, Flooring, Food & Beverage, Mining, Rail, Marine, Power Generation and Fire Protection. From alkyds to zincs, Sherwin-Williams offers a complete line of time-tested, high-performance coatings and systems to combat corrosion, supported by the largest group of NACE-certified professionals in the industry. Our world-class product portfolio is backed by premier technology and innovation platforms, and includes a growing line of Global Core products available at the same quality and performance standard anywhere in the world, and delivered from over 5,000 company-owned North America locations and across our rapidly growing international distribution footprint. The Protective & Marine Division is part of the Sherwin-Williams Performance Coatings Group, which supplies a broad range of highly-engineered solutions for construction, industrial, packaging and transportation markets in more than 120 countries in the world. Founded in 1866, The Sherwin-Williams Company is a global leader in the manufacture, development, distribution and sale of paints, coatings and related products to professional, industrial, commercial and retail customers.
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