This review of developments places special emphasis on shipyard practices to obtain the best results from coatings commercially available though most of its conclusions are, of course, relevant to industry at large. The main criterion by which a shop primer should ultimately be judged is: ‘Does its use mean that the painting scheme applied later will give substantially better performance than if it had not been used?’ There are very good reasons, mainly related to questions of corrosion, why shop priming should be practised in spite of difficulties.
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