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Thixotropic Corrosion Protection

Last updated: January 12, 2019

What Does Thixotropic Corrosion Protection Mean?

Thixotropic corrosion protection is the protection of materials through the use of thixotropic agents. After application, it forms a transparent, oily, protective film that does not run, and also adheres well to vertical surfaces.

Thixotropic corrosion protection is an excellent choice for use on shipping items such as:

  • Machines and machine parts
  • Apparatuses
  • Equipment that must withstand extreme climatic conditions

Corrosionpedia Explains Thixotropic Corrosion Protection

Thixotropic corrosion protection can be achieved through using corrosion protection additives like thixotropic paints and coatings.

The thixotropic properties promote easier application and adhesion, and thus corrosion protection properties on a metal surface. Corrosion protection additives form a protective film as a result of a chemical reaction and/or addition of polar compounds to the metal surface.

Thixotropic resins are mainly used for decorative paints and primers, as well as in corrosion protection coatings. Thixotropic alkyd resins prevent the formation of precipitation, improve brushability and reduce the sagging of paints on vertical surfaces, edges and corners.

Thixotropic coatings are frequently used in corrosion protection because the required layer thickness and good edge covering can be achieved with a small number of layers. Thixotropic coating is designed for protection during storage and transport of finely machined metal surfaces, such as:

  • Tools
  • Dies/molds
  • Spare parts
  • Machines

Thixotropic corrosion protection can be used for the protection of aircraft aluminum surfaces, and also protects under tropical climate and marine conditions. Special advantages include excellent weather resistance and gloss retention.


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