CARC Example - Parts in Process

Chemical Agent Resistant Coating (CARC) Application

CARC, an acronym for Chemical Agent Resistant Coating, is the organic topcoat  used on the majority of the armed services' combat vehicles, aircraft, ordnance and tactical equipment. It is a two part polyurethane that is resistant to water, petroleum, acids, biological and radioactive agents. It is extremely flat/low gloss to reduce reflectivity but is also prone to scuffing. Its unique formulation allows coated vehicles to be decontaminated in the event of exposure to chemical or biological warfare agents. It also has properties that make coated equipment less prone to infrared detection.

In recent years, a water-based CARC was developed to replace the high VOC, solvent based CARC. This newer iteration is lead, chrome and HAP free, and more resistant to scuffing and scratching.

Chem Processing, Inc. CARC Capabilities:

  • Individual part and bulk processing
  • Selective masking/multiple finishes
  • Standard (FED-STD-595) colors (tan, green, brown, black)
  • Zinc phosphate (base layer per spec)
  • Blasting, phosphating and coating performed at a single facility per MIL 16232G Sec. 3.2

Applicable Specifications:

  • MIL-DTL-64159 (water dispersed)
  • MIL-C-53039 (1 part, polyurethane)
  • MIL-C-46168 (2 part, polyurethane)
  • MIL-DTL-53072 (procedures & quality)
  • MIL-P-53030 (primer)
  • MIL-P-53032 (primer)

Engineering Properties of Carc:

  • Water, weather, and chemical resistant
  • Low infrared detectability
  • Scuff and scratch resistant (waterborne version)
  • Low reflectivity

Chem Processing Inc. offers CARC painting services to Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, the Midwest and beyond. CPI is strategically located by highway routes to Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison, St. Louis, and Minneapolis. The CPI facility is minutes from Rockford Chicago International Airport, a major Midwestern air freight hub, enabling efficient door-to-door delivery across the United States or across the globe.