The Advantages of CARC Coatings

In recent years, there have been advancements in an armament technology that helps protect military vehicles better, known as Chemical Agent Resistant Coating (CARC). CARC Paint is often known as being the camouflage used on military vehicles, but it has so many more properties that help protect the vehicles from various threats.

CARC Advantageous Properties

Easy Decontamination: CARC Paint is non-porous, making it non-absorbent, which means less harmful contaminants are going to adhere to its surface. This allows decontamination to be done much faster and more cheaply, thus neutralizing threats more effectively. As well, CARC coatings are more durable than standard paints and are going to be able to hold up far better to the solutions used in the decontamination process. Some industrial businesses that deal in chemical agents that cause contamination may use CARC coatings to protect their equipment and make them easier to neutralize and sanitize.

Resistant to Chemicals: The next advantage of a CARC coating is the fact that it is chemical resistant. A vehicle painted with CARC Paint is going to be highly resistant to chemical agents due to its non-absorbent nature. This resistance also protects the personnel using the vehicles because those harmful chemicals will be prevented from being transferred to people that come into contact with the surface. The paint can also protect against radioactivity. With its chemical resistance, industrial applications of CARC are increasingly common to protect equipment that may come into contact with hazardous agents regularly.

Better Camouflage: CARC Paint has been developed by the military to include unique pigment packages that are capable of confusing infrared technology, allowing the vehicle to better hide from infrared cameras or enemy weapon systems. Being able to hide from infrared allows the vehicle to blend in with the environment much better in its surroundings, helping to protect the vehicle and its occupants.

Development of CARC

Over the years, the military has had many camouflage paint options for the vehicles that are deployed into the field, but over time, they needed better solutions when it came to chemical warfare and dealing with enemy weapon systems that could track through infrared—and even to protect from radioactivity. Since most paints are porous, the United States Armed Forces developed Chemical Agent Resistant Coating to protect their assets. Now CARC Paint can also be used in certain industrial settings to better protect equipment that may come into contact with hazardous chemical agents, allowing a business to spend less time and money on decontamination or repairs.

Application of CARC

CARC Paint is applied in a four-step process. First, the surface being painted must be cleaned thoroughly to allow the most surface area for it to bond to and to give the cleanest bond possible. Next, the surface must go through a pretreatment process to prepare the surface for the specific paint being used. After that, a primer is applied; this ensures maximum bondage with the surface, thus giving maximum protection to whatever equipment is being treated. Lastly the surface is painted, either with epoxy base for interiors or polyurethane topcoat for exteriors.

The process of applying CARC Paint is complicated, and it is best to have it completed by a business that has extensive knowledge and skill with the process. Contact the professionals at Sun-Glo to get the quality CARC coatings required.