Electrochemical Studies on Zero VOC Coated Steel through Atmospheric Exposure and REAP Test in the Laboratory
The paint systems utilized for the study were zero volatile organic or water base paints with Zinc phosphate content. The electrochemical measurements were made before and after the potentiostatic test using the electrochemical techniques of Corrosion Potential (Ecorr), Linear Polarization Resistance (LPR), Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) and the Polarization Curves. For the evaluation of the atmospheric exposed coatings they were retired at different times and applied the electrochemical tests in the laboratory and returned to the exposure rack. For the application of the Rapid Electrochemical Assessment of Paints (REAP), the galvanic current was registered during the potentiostatic conditions providing an excellent parameter for the qualification of paint systems, while a degradability parameter for the paint systems can be calculated from the LPR results that can be compared with results from atmospheric exposure.