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I just had to paint the outside of two 9 foot diameter SS 317L tubes with
coal tar epoxy.  These are part of a power plant sea water cooling system.
We were told to surface prep just as if it were regular carbon steel.  That
is, follow the paint manufacturer's SSPC recommendations.  By the way, for
a good explanation of the SSPC specifications go to

Thomas Hunt, S.E.
Duke/Fluor Daniel

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Are there any special requirements (methods, surface preparation,
etc.) needed for painting 316 stainless steel?

For those who are wondering why I am having to paint stainless steel:
government involvement

David Finley, P.E.

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