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Micaceous Iron Oxide


Micaceous hematite, Natural lamellar hematite, Specular iron oxide, Micaceous iron oxide, Natural specular hematite ore


Chemical Name: Micaceous iron oxide Chemical Formula: Crystalline Fe203


1) A naturally occurring lamellar form of ferrous oxide for use in manufacturing paint coatings. 2) When viewed under an optical microscope by transmitted light, magnification X 200, the thin flake micaceous iron oxide particles appear as sharply defined red translucent platelets. 3) Without doubt, it is the most important barrier pigment used in coatings to protect structural steelwork from corrosion. It has a 100 year record of successful use on many types of steel structures throughout the world. 4) It forms overlapping plates like mail armor. It reflects ultaviolet light, allows water vapor to escape from the substrate, and is chemically resistant.

Nominal Chemical Properties Available:

Iron content (expressed as Fe203 according. to ISO 1248)= > 85%

Nominal Physical Properties Available:

1) Lamellar content= > 70% 2) Standard granulation: 63 microns and finer

Nominal Physical Constants: Apparent Density (g/cm3) Bulk Density (DIN 53466) 4,8 - 5,0 ca. 1,7

Loss on ignition (at 800C) Volatile matter (ISO 787/2) Melting Point Form Odor Surface Area (m2/g) Thermal Conductivity (cal/s-cm-C) Mohs Hardness @20C Water Soluble Lamellar content Color

< 1% < 0.3 % > 1,000 deg. C powder Odorless

> 70% gray with metallic sheen

Iron content (Fe203 acc. to ISO 1248) > 90%

Typical Applications:

Bridge structural protective coatings, oil rig structural protective coatings, and protective coatings for all types of electrical and industrial equipment where durability and reliability are important. It has been successfully used in various paint primers with single or multiple top coats in alkyd, epoxy, vinyl, acrylic, polyurethane, and chlorinated rubber. It has been used in corrosion and weather resistant paint throughout Europe for more than 100 years. The Eiffel Tower is one outstanding example. The horizontal layering of the lamellar (micaceous) particles, overlapping like scales on a fish, gives strength to the paint and acts as an inert barrier to the vertical penetration of corrosive elements and ultraviolet light.


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TSCA (SARA Title III) Status:

Unknown. For further information please call the E.P.A. at 1.202.554.1404

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