HOUSTON, Sept. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, leading global coatings manufacturer Hempel announced the North American launch of Hempatop Direct 460. Developed to provide superior protection against corrosion, the one-coat Direct-to-Metal (DTM) application resists railcar color and gloss-fading challenges, while delivering customers decreased maintenance costs and increased productivity rates.
Approximately 1.6 million railcar assets travel across North America every year. High railcar traffic bundled with rising corrosion rates costs the rail industry billions of dollars per year. This makes coating protection products such as Hempatop Direct 460 more valuable than ever.
"At Hempel, we are known for protecting our customers' most valuable assets with our coatings and we are proud to provide them with a new solution that provides significant corrosion resistance and protects their railcars against weathering," said Tracey Wilson, North America Sr. Product and Portfolio Manager and Global Rail Product Manager, Hempel. "We have developed Hempatop Direct 460 specifically for our customers in the rail industry, where we saw the need for this high-performing Direct-to-Metal coating."
Hempatop Direct 460 supersedes Hempel's workhorse DTM epoxy, Hempadur Mastic 45883, and is ideal for interior use on box cars and exterior use on all rail car types.
The new one-coat solution is easy to apply, and the resilient high-gloss finish lasts longer. Hempatop Direct 460 provides excellent UV-resistance, enhanced gloss and color retention and chalks to the original color, unlike other traditional epoxies.
Dry to the touch in just three hours, Hempatop Direct 460 is available to the US market now to help the rail industry fight corrosion and boost economic productivity.
For more than 30 years Hempel's interior linings and exterior coatings have been applied to a wide variety of railcars including tank cars, hopper cars, gondolas, grain cars and box cars.
To learn more about Hempatop Direct 460, view the product information sheet here.
As a world-leading supplier of trusted coating solutions, Hempel is a global company with strong values, working with customers in the protective, marine, decorative, container and yacht industries. Hempel factories, R&D centers and stock points are established in every region.
Across the globe, Hempel's coatings protect surfaces, structures and equipment. They extend asset lifetimes, reduce maintenance costs and make homes and workplaces safer and more colorful. Hempel was founded in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1915. It is proudly owned by the Hempel Foundation, which ensures a solid economic base for the Hempel Group and supports cultural, social, humanitarian and scientific purposes around the world.