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Product Data Sheet

M E Primer

Metal Etch Primer


Duram M E Primer is a premium, single pack, epoxy modified etch primer formulated to provide excellent adhesion to most ferrous and non-ferrous metals including galvanised steel and aluminum.


It is recommended as an etch primer for mild steel, aluminum, galavanised iron & steel, copper and brass.

Note: Test patches should be carried out before general use.

Suitable Surfaces

See above.

Additional Uses




The information contained in this product data sheet is typical but does not constitute a full specification as conditions and specific requirements may vary from project to project. The instructions should be considered as a minimum requirement but the applicator or contractor must use their skill, knowledge and experience to carry out additional works as may be necessary to meet the requirements of the project. Specification for specific projects should be sought from the Company in writing.

Precautions in Use


  • The product is highly flammable and volatile. Keep all sources of ignition and heat away until fully cured. Use in well ventilated areas.
  • If spraying, avoid breathing in vapour. Use suitable breathing mask.
  • Always observe proper industrial hygiene and practices are used. Always observe safety precautions.
  • Keep lids tightly closed when not in use.

Priming and Surface Preparation

Good preparation is essential. Surfaces must be sound, stable, dry, clean and free of dust, loose, flaking, friable material and substances that may diminish adhesion.


Surfaces must be dry, clean and free of rust, dust, oils, grease wax and contaminants. Remove all mill scale and rust by blast cleaning by abrasive power toll then dust off and clean surface.
Note: Adhesion will be diminished or negated if applied to damp, rusty or contaminated surfaces.


Stir contents thoroughly before use and intermittently. After proper preparation, apply in generally one coat by spray, brush or roller ensuring that the entire surface is adequately covered.
The minimum theoretical coverage / usage is 10m²per Litre giving a wet film of 10 microns but practical coverage depends on the type and profile of the surface and method of application.
For non-ferrous-metal ensure that the dry film thickness is greater than 10 microns.
A second coat may be applied but must be applied as soon after the first is dry and within 30 minutes.

Do not apply in temperatures below 5ºC and above 30ºC. Refer to MSDS.


The stated average coverage rate may vary depending upon type, condition, porosity, texture of the surface and application technique.


Theoretical coverage is 10m² per Litre to give a 10 micron thick coating.


Generally grey but is subject to change.

Drying and Curing

Drying and curing of the product is affected by type, dryness and porosity of the surface, temperature, humidity, ventilation, climate conditions and application technique and therefore drying and curing can only be given as a guide.



Touch dry:    5 to 10 minutes.

Re- coat:         10 to 30 minutes. Re-coat must be done within 30 minutes.

Hard dry:       30 minutes.


Store in cool, dry area away from heat sources. Product is flammable. Dangerous goods Class: 3.2. Flash Point 30ºC. UN 1263 PG111.
Containers should be kept tightly closed. Keep away from corrosive materials.
Available in 1, 4, and 20 Lt pails.

Clean Up

Wet spills can be cleaned with Duram Solvent, but given the speed of cure and type of product it is usually difficult to clean particularly from porous surfaces. Spills should be avoided.

Safety & Precautions

Duram M E Primer is solvent based and is highly flammable.
• Keep all sources of ignition well away including heat, sparks, flame. Do not smoke.
• Use in well ventilated areas.
• The use of goggles against splashes and rubber gloves should be worn.
• If spraying use a suitable breathing mask.
• Keep lid closed when not in use.


For full safety data refer to the products Material Safety Data Sheet. Observe precautions as per label.

Issued: 1 May 2012 | Valid to: 31 May 2020

Conditions of Use and Disclaimer

The information contained in this Material Data Sheet is given in good faith based upon our current knowledge and does not imply warranty, express or implied. The information is provided and the product is sold on the basis that the product is used for its intended purpose and is used in a proper workmanlike manner in accordance with the instructions of the Product Data Sheet in suitable and safe working conditions. Under no circumstances will the Company be liable for loss, consequential or otherwise, arising from the use of the product.


DURAM PTY LTD ABN 50 612 836 718
The Ultimate in Waterproofing & Protective Coating Technology

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