Di-Octyl Sebacic Acid in Epoxy Paint Leads to Blistering in a Drum and Barrel Manufacturing Plant

Di-octyl sebacic acid (DOS-A) is used as rust preventive oil on steel sheets. When applied below the maximum level of 75 mg/m2 per side, it is compatible with epoxy paint and does not require any pretreatment of the steel sheets. The incompatibility of DOS-A above this maximum could be caused by weak H-bonding between the acid and epoxy molecule, leading to blistering. The optimum oil level was determined through experimentation to avoid paint failure. It was also observed that a variance in the sheet surface roughness of ±0.4 µm did not appreciably affect paint failure.

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