PhilaGard 06/04 Hard, High Abrasion Resistance Tank & Cargo Coating


PhilaGard Hard is a new dedicated deck and cargo hold coating with a high-performance ratio. This product is a low VOC pure, high solids epoxy barrier coating, with excellent anticorrosive properties and high impact and abrasion resistance.
Special additives are added to the coating resulting in a chemically bonded layer with both metallic and painted surfaces. The chemically bonded layer is insoluble and extremely corrosion resistant. This bonding process also provides superior adhesion and flexibility and decreases under film corrosion that occurs when conventional coatings are damaged. The elasticity of Special additives makes it very durable in temperature variations.
It can be specified for maintenance in atmospheric and immersed environments, ballast tanks, deck and cargo holds. It can be recoated with various PhilaCoatings finishing systems. Tested for non-contamination of grain cargo. Complies with the section 175.300 of the quote of Federal Regulation (FDA) in respect in carriage of dry food stuffs in space with an internal surface area larger than 10,750 sqft. Certificate available at request. Time to carry first cargo: minimum 3 days at 30°C. Easy to clean between cargoes.

PHILAGARD Hard PHEH 06/04 displays very good compatibility with various well known producers.


The coating protects the cargo holds from chemical damage and exhibits excellent abrasion resistance caused when loading hard, Angular cargoes. With an 8 years major repair interval, it enables ship owners to extend time between dry docking periods between major cargo hold coating repairs and reduce maintenance costs. PhilaGard Hard has been specifically developed for bulk carrier operators who want to extend cargo hold coating repair intervals but without investing in higher performing coatings like Zinc-Silicate. It offers high impact resistance to prevent “shooting’’ damage for high speed loading and high glass transition temperature to ensure the coating remains hard when exposed to warm cargoes. As a result, PhilaGard Hard offers better protection than compatible cargo hold coatings. Applicable on ballast tanks, decks and cargo holds. High gloss durable finish, chemical and abrasion resistance, outstanding adhesion and quick drying


Sheen: Semi-Gloss

Color: Red Brown, Gray, Aluminum shades

Solids: 76

Coverage: 6.08m2/Lit at 125 microns dry / 201 microns wet

Thickness: Over 250 microns dry by 2 coats

Flashpoint: Mixed product >25°C

VOC: 220.00g/Lit (material as into the container)

Application Data

Mixing Ratio: Basis 4 part per/volume, Curing Agent 1 part/volume.

Thinner: Not recommended. The material is ready for use, under special conditions use Thinner for Epoxy PH 300, max 5% by volume.

Painting Method: Airless spraying is our recommendation, brush, and spray follows. Tip range 0.48mm-0.66mm (21 thou), blowing pressure shouldn’t less than 141kg/cm2 (2000psi). May be required to add thinner. Use the proper equipment. Actual safety measures and precautions are very important for the selected method and environment where work is done. Emergency Contact Numbers are available World Wide upon any request.

Cleaning: Power tool cleaning with Universal Thinner PH-400.

Readiness Time: 20 minutes in a proper temperature

Pot Life: 10°C: 4 hours, 23°C: 2 hours, 30°C: 1 hour

Curing Time: Within 4 days at 23°C (fully cured)

Optimal Application Conditions: The temperature of the substrate should be at least 3°C above the dew point of the air. Temperature and relative humidity should be measured in the vicinity of the substrate. The maximum recommended surface temperature is approx. 40°C. Higher steel temperatures are acceptable provided dry-spray is avoided by proper spray application and extra thinning if required. In extreme cases it may be necessary to reduce film thickness in order to avoid sagging. When applying the paint in confined spaces, provide adequate ventilation during application and drying. The temperature of the mixed paint should be at least 15°C, otherwise extra solvent may be required to obtain a proper application viscosity.

Drying and Over-Coating Conditions

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Coating Specification

Long overcoat period if local climate temperatures are around freezing point. Make proper selection of the systems, coating application procedures, proper surface preparation, as per actual existing film esp. over coated epoxy layer. Try to test design factors, statements and specific recommendations in a controlled laboratory. Always value the conditions and be in touch with Philadelphia Coatings LLC Technical Department.

Surface Preparation

All surfaces should be clean, dry and free from contamination. High pressure or pressure with fresh water wash should be applied prior to the treatment or of the application. Steel products with mill scale: shot blasting or grit blasting should meet the requirements of Sa1 grade in Sweden derusting standard at least. Steel products without mill scale: to be grinded by dynamic tools to meet the requirements of St3 grade in Sweden derusting standard. Steel products painted with plant primer: use slight grit blasting or dynamic tools to carry out secondary surface preparation to meet the requirements of St3 grade in Sweden derusting standard. For other surface treatments, please consult with Philadelphia Coatings LLC.


Circa 24 months at 20°C, stored in a dry, shaded and ventilated condition. The container/paint, must be kept sealed and away from heat and ignition.

Pack Size

Basis 4 Gal. (16 Lit) pail, agent 1 Gal (3,785 Lit) tin. If other packing specifications are needed, please consult with Philadelphia Coatings LLC.

Health and Safety

Prior to use, obtain, consult and follow the Material Safety Data Sheet for this product concerning health and safety information. Read carefully and conform to precautions on MSDS and packing vessels. To avoid eye and skin contact, tools such as gloves, goggles and face mask etc. should be used during work with product (proper safety measures should be taken according to construction methods and circumstances). All work with the product must be carried out according to all relevant national health, safety and environment standards and codes. This product is for professional use only.

Limitation of liability

All information is given for guidance only and is subject to regional variation depending upon local climate and environmental condition. An excessive film thickness delays the final curing and creates sagging. Over coating interval will increase with the number of paint layers and the thickness of the paint film. For recommended paints at special circumstances, please consult with our Philadelphia Coatings LLC. Apply in good weather. The relative humidity must not exceed 80% temperature of the surface to be coated must be at least 3°C above the dew point. All data from the tests is obtained under lab conditions, so Philadelphia Coatings LLC won’t bear any liabilities from the condition whether the data could reflect the objective status of the actual application circumstance or not.


The information in the product manual is based on our experiences from tests and practice. For the application without our knowledge, we could only make sure that our products themselves are warranted. We may modify the data in this product manual according to our continuous development and experience accumulation without advanced notice.