PPG Launches New CRE Series Primers

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio, May 2, 2012 – PPG Industries' (NYSE:PPG) commercial coatings group has introduced an enhanced version of its CRE Series corrosion-resistant epoxy primers.

The new primers replace all versions of the CRE products currently sold in North America.

The CRE-X21 Series primers provide improved chemical resistance, enhanced corrosion protection, a broad 96-hour recoat window, and excellent adhesion to galvanized, galvaneal and stainless steel as well as to current compatible substrates. Also, with a 2.1 pounds per gallon blended VOC (volatile organic compound) level, the new series meets current regulations in the U.S. and Canada in PPG target markets.

“This series of greatly improved primers is the result of new raw material technology we are utilizing at PPG,” said Steve Podlas, PPG marketing manager for commercial coatings. “We have completely redesigned both sides of the primer/hardener package in making the improvements. I believe our customers will notice and appreciate the enhanced nature of these primers very quickly, especially their adhesion and anti-corrosion qualities along with the generous recoat window. The capabilities the new CRE Series displays will make a productive difference in their manufacturing operations.”

According to Podlas, the CRE-X21 Series primers offer higher film build capabilities and excellent sag resistance. The outstanding fill properties make the primers a superb choice for application over sandblasted profiles, he said, and the primers also provide a smoother appearance allowing for a better finish appearance after the topcoat is applied.

The CRE-X21 Series primers are offered in three standard colors — black, gray, and white — in addition to a tintable version. They are intended for use on trailers, cranes, service bodies, cryogenic equipment and other manufactured items. The primers can be applied using conventional equipment, pressure pots, or airless, air-assisted airless or electrostatic spray equipment.

PPG’s commercial coatings group offers a full range of coating technologies for the commercial transportation and light industrial markets such as polyurethanes, alkyds, epoxies, polysiloxanes, polyurea, waterborne, pretreatment chemicals and powder coatings. PPG's commercial coatings products are marketed under names such as the DELFLEET(R) Evolution, DELFLEET ESSENTIAL(R), Commercial Performance Coatings and AMERCOAT(R) brands. For more information about PPG's commercial coatings group, call 800-647-6050 or visit www.ppgcommercialcoatings.com.


PPG Industries' vision is to continue to be the world's leading coatings and specialty products company. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG helps customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. Founded in 1883, PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in more than 60 countries around the world. Sales in 2011 were $14.9 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.


Bringing innovation to the surface is a trademark and Amercoat, Delfleet and Delfleet Essential are registered trademarks of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.


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Cindy Piazza

PPG Commercial Coatings



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