What do we know about metal paint?

The answer is: a lot.

We started out as contractors to the offshore oil-industry, spray-painting the North Sea rigs. We went on to develop a hard-wearing coating suitable for use in cold and harsh environments and later sold this formulation to Crown Paints. Industrial Protective Paints Ltd was born. Over the last 30 years the business has grown as we formulate and manufacture a wide range of protective metal-coatings. Here on our dedicated Metal Paints page, we share our knowledge with you to help you to choose the products most suitable for your project. If you have questions not answered here or if you need technical advice, please call us on 01782 550733.

Metal Paint

OUR METAL PAINTS AT A GLANCE

WHAT IS “TWO-PACK” EPOXY METAL PAINT?

Two-Pack Epoxy Metal Paint is our most hard-wearing metal paint. Here, ‘Two-Pack’ refers to the fact that there are two items per pack. If you order a Regal Two-Pack Epoxy Metal Paint, your order will come to you in two cans: the pigmented resin (in the larger can) and the epoxy activator (in the smaller can). To use, you will need to pour the activator (the smaller can) into the pigmented resin (the larger can). You will also need to thoroughly and gently mix the two parts together before the paint can be used.

FIRST COAT

From £32.50 ex VAT - £39.00 inc VAT

Two-Pack Epoxy Metal Primer - Designed for a wide range of metal substrates, our two pack epoxy primer offers excellent durability and resistance to contact with solvents, acids, alkalis and salts. It’s hardwearing surface gives good protection against corrosion due to it’s zinc phosphate content. Two-Pack Epoxy Metal Primer is suitable for galvanised steel and aluminium. - Coverage: 5-10 m² per litre - Touch Drying Time: 12 hrs - Recoat: 24 hrs - Hard Drying Time: 48 hrs - Full Cure: 7 days

TOP COATS

From £37.50 ex VAT - £45.00 inc VAT

Two-Pack Epoxy Topcoat Enamel - Designed to be used in conjunction with Regal epoxy primers for application to most metal substrates. Excellent durability and impact resistance. This coating offers protection from solvents, acids, alkalis and salts. - Coverage: 5-10 m² per litre - Touch Drying Time: 12 hrs - Recoat: 24 hrs - Hard Drying Time:48 hrs - Full Cure: 7 days

WHAT IS “SINGLE PACK” METAL PAINT

Regal Single-Pack Metal Paints do not need an activator and so they will come to you in a single can. You will still need to stir the paints properly before use.

FIRST COAT

From £21.50 ex VAT - £25.80 inc VAT

Anticorrosive Quick Dry Primer is a single pack priming solution suitable for most metal substrates. Also suitable for pre-treated aluminium and galvanised steel. Anticorrosive Quick Dry Primer gives excellent protection against corrosion. Excellent build levels and can be re-coated in most types of finish. - Coverage: 5 m² per litre - Touch Drying Time: 30 mins - 1 hr - Recoat: 12 hrs - Hard Drying Time: 24 hrs

From £24.50 ex VAT - £29.40 inc VAT

High Build Phosphate Quick Dry Primer is a single pack priming solution suitable for most metal substrates. Also suitable for pre-treated aluminium and galvanised steel. High Build Phosphate Quick Dry Primer gives excellent protection against corrosion. Excellent build levels and can be re-coated in most types of finish. - Coverage: 5 m² per litre - Touch Drying Time: 30 mins - 1 hr - Recoat: 12 hrs - Hard Drying Time: 24 hrs

TOP COATS

From £20.00 ex VAT - £24.00 inc VAT

Agricultural Oxide - A long oil based protective coating suitable for all types of interior/exterior substrates. Has excellent covering power and can be used on block work, steel sheets, asbestos sheeting or wood. It has a good gloss finish, gives protection against weathering and corrosion.

From £30.00 ex VAT - £36.00 inc VAT

Aluminium Quick Dry Enamel with a tough, quick drying finish. Made with high grade aluminium flake, rather than pigment, which is dissolved in solvent for 24 hours and diluted with urethan alkyd. Heat resistant up to 150 degrees C. Steel-grey in finish. Typically used to refurbish truck wheels. Advisable to spray. Never use a roller with this product.

From £21.50 ex VAT - £25.80 inc VAT

Exterior Wood Paint - Exterior Metal Paint - A long oil based decorative gloss finish designed for a wide range of substrates. Ideal for wooden windows/doors, metal fencing/garage doors or concrete walls. This has excellent covering power and provides long lasting weather protection. - Coverage: 5 - 10 m2 per litre - Touch Drying Time: 12hrs - Recoat: 24 hrs - Hard Drying Time: 48 hrs

From £24.00 ex VAT - £28.80 inc VAT

One Coat High Build Steel Enamel - A tough long lasting, fast drying, semi-gloss primer finish made on a high build alkyd resin. Eliminates the need for two coats and cuts the drying time between coat, reducing labour and paint costs. This protects against corrosion and impacts. - Coverage: 5-10 m2 per litre - Touch Drying Time: 3-6 hours - Recoat: 16 hours - Hard Drying Time: 48 hours

From £24.50 ex VAT - £29.40 inc VAT

Quick Drying Gloss Enamel - Enamel Paint - A tough, long lasting, fast drying gloss finish made on a high build alkyd. High impact resistance, compatible with most primers or as a single coat. - Coverage: 5-10 m² per litre - Touch Drying Time: 3-6 hours - Recoat: 16 hours - Hard Drying Time: 48 hours

From £25.00 ex VAT - £30.00 inc VAT

Skip and Container paint - A tough long lasting, fast drying, semi-gloss primer finish made on a high build alkyd resin. Using Skip and Container paint eliminates the need for two coats and cuts the drying time between coat, reducing labour and paint costs. This protects against corrosion and impacts.

What makes a good metal paint?

The importance of using a metal primer

Why do I need to use a metal primer?

The use of a primer coat is always recommended when painting or spraying metal. The primer coat will penetrate the metal and the top-coat paint will penetrate the primer coat, creating a cross-link and longevity of coating.  The metal primer also has the additional benefit of containing calcium phosphate which helps to prevent corrosion.

You have three different metal primers: what is the difference between them?

Our metal primers fall into two categories: Single-Pack and Two-Pack.  Regal Single-Pack Metal Primers are the Anticorrosive Quick Dry Primer and the Highbuild Phosphate Quickdry Primer.

Both are based on xylene and are suitable for spray application. The main difference between the two products is that the Highbuild Phosphate Quick Dry Primer contains a higher level of calcium phosphate to give superior protection against corrosion. Both of the single-pack primers are suitable for use with any of the single-pack metal topcoats.

Regal Two-Pack Epoxy Metal Primer is only suitable for use with our Two-Pack Epoxy Metal Topcoat. The epoxy metal-paint system is our most hardwearing coating.

Single pack metal paint system

Do you sell Intumescent Paint?

We do not make or sell intumescent paint. When you buy this product, ensure that you go to a reputable company whose product meets building regulations and the necessary legal requirements.

Metal preparation help and advice

Can I paint over rusty metal?

No. The rust will always appear again unless you treat it prior to painting. There are industry standards for blast-cleaning corroded steel, but in general you will need to blast the rust away

What is mordent solution and do you sell it?

Sorry, we do not sell mordent solution. Mordent solution neutralises aluminium and galvanised steel before paint is applied. It works by drawing the salt out of galvanised steel. Galvanised steel forms a salt soap which will cause the paint to peel away from the metal. 

Can I paint galvanised steel?

Yes, you can paint galvanised steel. However, if using our Regal Metal Paints you will need to prepare the steel first. In painting untreated galvanised steel you run the risk of the paint delaminating with time.

Why does metal paint peel?

This is usually due to painting un-treated galvanised steel. 

Industrial Floor Paint made in the UK

What Makes a Good Metal Paint?

Protection is key. There are many metal coatings out there in the market and we understand that you need products that will perform. As with floor paint, the end product is only as good as the quality, quantities and combination of the raw materials that are used. We source and use raw ingredients from world-respected market leaders. Our metal primers contain high-quality phosphates and pigments to protect against corrosion and are designed to cross-link with the appropriate topcoats to give maximum protection.