PPG Introduces PPG SIGMAFAST 278 Epoxy Primer to U.S. Market

High-performing, low-emission product provides longer re-coating

PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PPG (NYSE: PPG) today announced the introduction of PPG SIGMAFAST™ 278
epoxy primer to the U.S. market, giving fabricators much-needed
flexibility when recoating steel components due to a longer re-coating
window and reduced emissions.

Structural steel for large-scale construction projects is typically
coated with primer at the fabrication facility and stored until needed,
at which time the topcoat is applied. With traditional epoxy primers,
fabricators have to apply a topcoat within a few weeks of a first
application or plan and budget for additional surface preparation later

“The U.S. construction industry needed a competitively priced epoxy
primer with a longer recoating window since it could be months or even a
year before the steel is needed,” said Brad Cignetti, PPG global
infrastructure segment manager, protective and marine coatings. “PPG Sigmafast
278 coating comes with limited restrictions on when a primed piece
of steel can receive a topcoat, even if a project is delayed. This can
save fabricators additional surface preparation costs.”

Another key advantage of PPG Sigmafast 278 coating is its
composition of 80 percent solids and 20 percent solvents, which
translates into low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
While some U.S. fabricators are forced to shut down their coating
operations once they reach their permitted VOC emissions cap, PPG
278 epoxy primer can allow them to coat more product in a
set time due to its lower emissions profile.

PPG Sigmafast 278 coating has been available in Europe and other
regions for several years. Its availability in the U.S. market means
that global customers can now specify the same primer at their
facilities around the world.

Other features of PPG Sigmafast 278 coating include:

  • Wide range of corrosion protection to protect customers’ assets in
    diverse environmental conditions;
  • Fast drying time, which enables transportation soon after application;
  • No waiting time to apply after epoxy is mixed, which eliminates time
    lost for pre-reaction;
  • Flexible curing at a wide range of temperatures;
  • Large effective temperature range, which allows application in all
    seasons; and
  • Broad application thickness range to enable high dry-film thickness in
    one coat.

For more information on PPG’s protective and marine coatings, visit www.ppgpmc.com.


At PPG (NYSE:PPG), we work every day to develop and deliver the paints,
coatings and materials that our customers have trusted for more than 130
years. Through dedication and creativity, we solve our customers’
biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the right path
forward. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, we operate and innovate in
more than 70 countries and reported net sales of $15.4 billion in 2018.
We serve customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and
transportation markets and aftermarkets. To learn more, visit www.ppg.com.

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Gina Reid
Protective and Marine Coatings
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