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Painting over galvanized steel is possible, but without specific preparation based on the coating system to be used on top of the galvanizing, it will not last. I would recommend a Hi-Build Epoxy coating system applied in the shop with field touch-up. PPG Amercoat 385 seems to be a good system, however, the oldest use by Irwin that I recall is only 5+ years old. Caution, this is not a cheap system and the shop needs have past experience in the use of these coating systems. The most critical item on these coatings is prepping the galvanized surface in accordance with the manufacturer's requirements and then following the application specifications.

PPG makes other coating systems that will work with-out galvanizing. Irwin Steel fabricated all the steel at Cowboys Stadium not part of the roof truss system and shop-primed and finish coated over 4,000 tons of HSS using PPG coatings. I am not near the plant so I cannot lookup which PPG system was used.

*Davis G. Parsons II PE RA *
/Texas Engineer 42397//
Texas Architect  9462/
Fort Worth, Texas

*/Irwin Steel/*

On 7/28/2013 10:48 AM, T.William (Bill) Allen, S.E. wrote:
Any recommendations?

I am working on a small lattice/trellis structure consisting of HSS
sections. It will be located near the coast. The architect wants to
galvanize the structure and then paint it. I'm not an expert in galvanizing (or anything for that matter), but I believe it is difficult if not impossible to coat something that can't be dipped into a tank and then paint won't adhere to the galvanizing once it's coated. I'm recommending painting the structure, but I come up short when offering a specific coating. Is there an epoxy coating that would be suitable?

Thank you,

T. William (Bill) Allen, S.E. (CA #2607)
University of Southern California, M.S.C.E., 1983
University of Texas at El Paso, B.S.C.E., 1977

Consulting Structural Engineers
32302 Camino Capistrano, #206

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