Jotacote Universal

Product description

Jotacote Universal is a two-pack, abrasion resistant, high solids polyamine cured pure epoxy based primer/finish coat which may be applied in high film thickness.

Recommended use

A universal primer specifically designed for use in newbuilding situations. To be used on steel alone or in combination with various systems. If a cosmetic finish is required, it should be used together with a topcoat. Gives excellent corrosion protection both in salt and fresh water. Jotacote Universal Aluminium Lumi is intended as first coat in water ballast tanks and utilises luminous pigments to aid application and inspection.


For application in water ballast tanks at newbuilding stage in accordance with PSPC (IMO Res. MSC 82/W), see the "Application procedure for water ballast tanks - Jotacote Universal".

Film thickness and spreading rate

                                                                                    Minimum                  Maximum                        Typical

Film thickness, dry (µm)                                           75                             300                                   160

Film thickness, wet (µm)                                         105                            415                                   220

Theoretical spreading rate (m²/l)                           9,6                             2,4                                    4,5


For DFTs below 150 µm thinner should be used.


B1 classification by Det Norske Veritas (DNV) for water ballast tanks.

Physical properties

Colour Aluminium and aluminium red toned, Aluminium Lumi, Buff, Grey, Red

Solids (vol %)* 72 ± 2

Flash point 35ºC ± 2 (Setaflash)

VOC 2,17 lbs/gal (260 gms/ltr) USA-EPA Method 24

240 gms/ltr UK-PG6/23(97). Appendix 3

Gloss Semigloss

Gloss retention Fair

Water resistance Excellent

Abrasion resistance Very good

Solvent resistance Excellent

Chemical resistance Excellent

Flexibility Good

Compatibility with cathodic protection Very good

*Measured according to ISO 3233:1998 (E)

Hong Kong rules: Category of paints - Other vessel coatings; VOC 260 gms/ltr HK EPD method (Ready to use); Exempt compound - N/A; Specific gravity: 1.33 kg/ltr (A+B); Both VOC and Specific gravity values provided are typical values, subject to changes when different colour involved.

Surface preparation

All surfaces should be clean, dry and free from contamination. The surface should be assessed and treated in accordance with ISO 8504.

Bare steel

Cleanliness: Blast-cleaning to Sa 2½ (ISO-8501-1:2007). Power tool cleaning to min. St 2 (ISO 8501-1:2007) may be acceptable, subject to exposure conditions.

Shopprimed steel

Clean, dry and undamaged approved shopprimer.

Coated surfaces

Clean, dry and undamaged compatible primer. Please contact your local Jotun office for more information.

Other surfaces

The coating may be used on other substrates. Please contact your local Jotun office for more information.

Condition during application

The coating could be applied down to -15°C surface temperature. Temperature of the substrate should be minimum 3°C above the dew point of the air, temperature and relative humidity measured in the vicinity of the substrate. Good ventilation is required in confined areas to ensure proper drying and curing. Do not use heated air until the solvents have evaporated from the paint film to avoid surface drying and solvent entrapment. The coating should not be exposed to oil, chemicals or mechanical stress until cured. During application and the initial drying of the coating, the coating should not be exposed to high humidity as this can result in loss of gloss.

Application methods

Spray Use airless spray

Brush Recommended for stripe coating and small areas, care must be taken to achieve the specified dry film thickness.

Roller May be used for small areas but not recommended for first primer coat, however when using roller application care must be taken to apply sufficient material in order to achieve the specified dry film thickness.

Application data

Mixing ratio (volume) 3:1

Mixing 3 parts Comp. A (base) to be mixed thoroughly with 1 part Jotacote Universal, Comp. B (curing agent).

Induction time 10 minutes.

Pot life (23°C) 1½ hours (reduced at higher temperatures)

Thinner/Cleaner Jotun Thinner No. 17

Guiding data airless spray

Pressure at nozzle 15 MPa (150 kp/cm², 2100 psi)

Nozzle tip 0.43-0.79 mm (0.017-0.031")

Spray angle 40-80°

Filter Check to ensure that filters are clean.

Drying time

Drying times are generally related to air circulation, temperature, film thickness and number of coats, and will be affected correspondingly. The figures given in the table are typical with:

  • Good ventilation (Outdoor exposure or free circulation of air)

  • Typical film thickness

  • One coat on top of inert substrate


Substrate temperature Surface dry











Through dry 1

4 d

30 h

10 h


2 h



21 d

10 d


3 d

Dry to recoat, minimum 2

42 h

18 h

7 h


2 h

Dry to recoat, maximum 3



Substrate temperature





Surface dry Through dry 1



8 h

16 h



14 d

Dry to recoat, minimum 2

24 h

10 h

Dry to recoat, maximum 3

  1. The earliest time that it is possible to exert mechanical strain on the coating, i.e. walk on to recoat.

  2. The earliest time for recoating with the same generic type of paint. Note that the paint film is not hard at this time and can not withstand mechanical strain.

  3. Provided the surface is free from chalking and other contamination prior to application, there is normally no overcoating time limit. Best intercoat adhesion occurs, however, when the subsequent coat is applied before preceding coat has cured. If the coating has been exposed to direct sunlight for some time, special attention must be paid to surface cleaning and mattening/removal of the surface layer in order to obtain good adhesion

The given data must be considered as guidelines only. The actual drying time/times before recoating may be shorter or longer, depending on film thickness, ventilation, humidity, underlying paint system, requirement for early handling and mechanical strength etc. A complete system can be described on a system sheet, where all parameters and special conditions could be included.



Typical paint system

Above water

Jotacote Universal


2 x 125 µm


(Dry Film Thickness)

Hardtop AS/XP

1 x 50 µm

(Dry Film Thickness)

For water ballast tanks

Jotacote Universal


2 x 160 µm


(Dry Film Thickness)

Other systems may be specified, depending on area of use


The product must be stored in accordance with national regulations. Storage conditions are to keep the containers in a dry, cool, well ventilated space and away from source of heat and ignition. Containers must be kept tightly closed.


Handle with care. Stir well before use.

Packing size

20 litre unit: 15 litres Jotacote Universal Comp. A in a 20 litre container and 5 litres Jotacote Universal, Comp. B in a 5 litre container.

Health and safety

Please observe the precautionary notices displayed on the container. Use under well ventilated conditions. Do not breathe or inhale mist. Avoid skin contact. Spillage on the skin should immediately be removed with suitable cleanser, soap and water. Eyes should be well flushed with water and medical attention sought immediately.