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Resist 78
Product description
Resist 78 is a two-pack, quick curing, zinc-rich ethyl silicate based coating that complies with the compositional requirements for SSPC Paint 20 level 2 and ISO 12944. Resist 78 meets Aramco specifications 09-AMSS-071 tested according to SSPC 20. Resist 78 is supplied with ASTM D520 Type II zinc dust.

Recommended use
A general purpose, heavy duty, anti-corrosive primer:
  1. As the first coat in a multiple layer system.
  2. As a single coating for long term protection of steel exposed to moderately to severely corrosive environment. Resistant to cyclic dry temperatures up to 400°C.
Film thickness and spreading rate
Film thickness, dry (µm)
Film thickness, wet (µm)
Theoretical spreading rate (m²/l)

There is a risk of mud-cracking if the thickness exceeds 120 µm.

Physical properties
Solids (vol %)*72 ± 2
Flash point14ºC ± 2 (Setaflash)
VOC395 gms/ltr UK-PG6/23(97). Appendix 3
Water resistanceVery good
Abrasion resistanceExcellent
Solvent resistanceExcellent
Chemical resistanceExcellent within pH-range 6-10
*Measured according to OCCA Monograph No. 4
Hong Kong rules: Category of paints - Inorganic zinc coatings; VOC 360 gms/ltr HK EPD method (Ready to use); Exempt compound - N/A; Specific gravity: 2.51 (A+B); Both VOC and Specific gravity values provided are typical values, subject to changes when different colour involved.

Surface preparation

All surfaces should be clean, dry and free from contamination. The surface should be assessed and treated in accordance with ISO 8504.

Bare steel
Cleanliness: Blast cleaning to Sa 2½ (ISO 8501-1:2007). Roughness: using abrasives suitable to achieve grade Fine to Medium G (30-85 µm, Ry5) (ISO 8503-2)

Other surfaces
The coating may be used on other substrates. Please contact your local Jotun office for more information.

Condition during application
The temperature of the substrate should be min. 5°C and at least 3°C above the dew point of the air, temperature and relative humidity measured in the vicinity of the substrate. Zinc silicate paints in general requires moisture for curing. At low humidity the curing will be improved by gently sprinkling fresh water over the paint film, and/or by artificial humidification of the surrounding atmosphere. The paint must be completely cured before topcoating, otherwise the adhesion of the subsequent coat will be unsatisfactory. Use Methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) test according to ASTM D 4752-87 to verify the curing time before topcoating. Unweathered zinc silicate films are porous and the porosity may vary according to the weather condition during application and the application technique. When overcoating, the air in the pores will escape through the new coat of paint and may cause blisters or pinholes ("popping") in the coat just after application. To avoid this a mist coat/full coat technique is recommended:
First apply a thin coat to fill the pores in the zinc silicate film and a few minutes later apply to full specified film thickness. In difficult cases it may be necessary to thin the next coat, or use Penguard Tie Coat 100 as first overcoat.

Application methods
SprayUse airless spray or conventional spray
BrushRecommended for stripe coating and small areas, care must be taken to achieve the specified dry film thickness. In order to avoid settling of heavy zinc, continuous mechanical stirring during application is recommended.

Application data
Mixing ratio (volume)9:2,6
MixingComp. A is a liquid and Comp. B is dry zinc dust. Consists of 9 litres Comp. A and 18.5 kg/2,6L Jotun Zinc 100, Comp B. Pour the zinc dust slowly into the liquid during mechanical mixing. The Comp. A must be well shaken before use. Stir until lump free and pass through a 60 mesh sieve.
Pot life (23°C)8 hours. (Reduced at higher temp.)
Thinner/CleanerJotun Thinner No. 4/25. Adjusting spray pattern and drying may sometimes become necessary. Use max 5% *, Jotun Thinner No. 4 (fast evaporation) when temperature is low and Jotun Thinner No. 25 (slow evaporation) when temperature is high.
Guiding data airless spray
Pressure at nozzle10 MPa (100 kp/cm², 1400 psi)
Nozzle tip0.46-0.58 mm (0.018-0.023")
Spray angle30-80°
FilterCheck to ensure that filters are clean.
Note* Thinner should be added after mixing components.

Stripe coating / touch up should be done after the full coat is applied, not before. If done before, the full coat must be applied immediately afterwards, wet on wet. One shall aim at obtaining the specified Dry Film Thickness on all areas during the full coat application.

Drying time
Drying times are generally related to air circulation, temperature, film thickness and number of coats, and will be affected correspondingly. The figures given in the table are typical with:
* Good ventilation (Outdoor exposure or free circulation of air)
* Typical film thickness
* One coat on top of inert substrate
* Relative humidity at 80%

Substrate temperature5°C10°C23°C40°C
Surface dry 60 min30 min15 min13 min
Through dry 90 min45 min30 min25 min
Cured 118 h13 h4 h1,5 h
Dry to recoat, minimum 218 h13 h4 h1,5 h
Dry to recoat, maximum 3, 4
  1. Curing time to be verified by MEK test (ASTM D 4752-87) and Coin test: Scrape the coating fiercely with a coin. A shining metallic lustre with no loose zinc indicates a fully cured coating.
  2. Recommended data given for recoating with epoxy. Resist 78 shall not be overcoated with itself.
  3. Touch up with itself should be thinned 15% with Jotun Thinner no. 25.
  4. Provided the surface is free from zinc salts and other contamination there is normally no touch up overcoating time limit. Best intercoat adhesion occurs, however, when the touch up coat is applied before the preceding coat has dried.

The given data must be considered as guidelines only. The actual drying time/times before recoating may be shorter or longer, depending on film thickness, ventilation, humidity, underlying paint system, requirement for early handling and mechanical strength etc. A complete system can be described on a system sheet, where all parameters and special conditions could be included.

Typical paint system

Resist 78 1 x 75 µm (Dry Film Thickness)
Normally overcoated with an epoxy system.

Other systems may be specified, depending on area of use

The product must be stored in accordance with national regulations. Storage conditions are to keep the containers in a dry, cool, well ventilated space and away from source of heat and ignition. Containers must be kept tightly closed. The component A must be stored below 25°C. The product component B is zinc dust and has no strict limitation's for storage. SHELF LIFE: 6 months at 23°C for Comp. A. , 4 years for comp. B, subject to re-inspection thereafter. Higher temperatures during storage may reduce the shelf life and may lead to gelling in the tin.

Handle with care. Stir well before use. Continuous stirring during application will prevent the heavy zinc pigment from settling.

Packing size
11,6 litres unit: 9 litres Resist 78 Comp A in a 10 litre container and 18,5 kg/2,6 litres Jotun Zinc 100, Comp B (previously named Resist 78/86, Comp B) in a 20 litre container.

Health and safety
Please observe the precautionary notices displayed on the container. Use under well ventilated conditions. Do not breathe or inhale mist. Avoid skin contact. Spillage on the skin should immediately be removed with suitable cleanser, soap and water. Eyes should be well flushed with water and medical attention sought immediately.

For detailed information on the health and safety hazards and precautions for use of this product, we refer to the Material Safety Data Sheet.

The information in this data sheet is given to the best of our knowledge based on laboratory testing and practical experience. However, as the product can be used under conditions beyond our control, we can only guarantee the quality of the product itself. We also reserve the right to change the given data without notice. Minor product variations may be implemented in order to comply with local requirements.
If there is any inconsistency in the text the English (UK) version will prevail.

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TDS - Resist 78 - English (uk) - Issued.11.06.2012.pdf - TDS - Resist 78 - English (uk) - Issued.11.06.2012.pdf

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