Military Coatings

HMG Defence and Industrial Coatings

HMG Paints is the UK’s largest independent manufacturer of paints and coatings. HMG produce a wide range of high quality industrial coatings for practically every purpose.

Pexa and HMG Paints have worked together for many years and Pexa is the authorised distributor for HMG’s range of coatings for the defence industry.

HMG’s product range includes corrosion resistant primers, functional topcoats including CARC and IRR materials approved to UK defence standards. Important specifications such as Def Stan 80-208, Def Stan 00-72 and STANAG 4360 are available. Pexa provides a full sales and delivery service combined with post sale technical support and training.


With such a wide range of products including single and multi-pack coatings HMG have paints suitable for nearly every purpose. Equipment such as containers, trailers, vehicles, bridges and armour can all be coated with HMG Paints. HMG provide a full range of fluid resistant 2 component products as well as single pack primers, enamels and water based products for new and legacy specifications.

Compliance and Sustainability

All products conform to the relevant defence specifications. In most cases high solids or water based equivalents are available to reduce solvent emissions. The Def Stan 80-206 primer system is a fully chromate free primer suitable for all ferrous substrates. Pexa manages export licences and end user documentation to ensure compliance with export restrictions.


The Def Stan 80-208 system is a fully IRR finish, meeting the important British Standard colour references BS381C285 NATO Green and BS381C361 Light Stone. This system is tested and approved by the UK MoD to the CARC requirements of Def Stan 80-208 and STANAG 4360. Test reports and certificates are available on request.

Types of coating

  • Wash Primers
  • Epoxy Primers
  • Alkyd Primers and Finishes
  • Enamels
  • Wood Coatings
  • 2K CARC Coatings
  • Anti Slip Coatings

Military Coatings

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Hentzen was the first company to develop a lead and chromate free paint system for the US Army and is the largest supplier of coatings to the US Army. Also qualified to Aerospace Chrome free specification MIL-PRF-23377 Class N.


Applications include the coating of defence ground equipment including vehicles, trucks, backhoes, loaders, bridges, containers, weapons systems and ammunition.

Hentzen also offers a complete range of coatings for airborne systems in addition to a large assortment of specialty coatings including anti slip and powder coatings.

Hentzen produces a full range of lead and chromate free primers and is one of the only companies qualified to deliver the Mil-PRF-23377 Class N chromate free primer. In addition Hentzen offers water based options for both primer and topcoat.

Compliance with export controls is very important. Pexa and Hentzen ensure that all ITAR licences are in place and end user documentation is managed to ensure a secure supply chain.


Important technical features for the defence industry include:

Chemical Agent Resistance (CARC)
Hentzen produces the complete range of colours complying with the CARC requirements of Mil- DTL-64159 and Mil-DTL-53039. This ensures that equipment is protected from chemical agents and they can be easily removed.

Infra Red Reflection (IRR)
In addition to visible colour matching IRR is also managed by Hentzen coatings. Re ection to match foliage and desert environments is available in a range of formulations. IRR based on the CARC 383 colour range as well as aircraft green and RAL F9 colours is available.

Key Performance and Specification Data:

Selection of Official Approvals
SpecificationApproved Coating
Wash (etch) Primers
Epoxy Primers
Mil-P-53030D Type 216834WEP
Mil-DTL-53022 Type 1 / 2 / 3 / 405510WEP / 04488WEP / 03848WEP / 18773WEP
Mil-PRF-23377 Type 1 Class C2 / Type 2 Class C2AD9318-FD / AD9325
Mil-PRF-23377 Type 1 Class N / Type 2 Class N16708TEP / 17176KEP
Mil-PRF-85582 Type 1 Class C2 / Type 2 Class C2AD9320 / AD3247
CARC Polyurethane Topcoats
Mil-DTL-53039 Type 808605GUZ Line (aerosol touch up)
Mil-DTL-53039 Type 4 / 908600 Colour Series
Mil-DTL-64159 Type 207100 Colour Series
Powder Coatings
Mil-PRF-32348 Type 1 P1410WEE-1
Mil-PRF-32348 Type 2P20003KEE Line
Mil-PRF-32348 Type 3P8605GUZ Line
Epoxy Topcoat
Mil-PRF-22750G Type 2 Class H Grade A16634GEF Line
Polyurethane Topcoat
Mil-PRF-85285E Type 1 / Type 2 / Type 4311XXAPX Line / 322XXAPX Line / 355XXAPX Line
Specialty Coatings
Mil-P-14105E Heat Resistant023XXXML-HF Line
A-A-59166 Type 2 Nonslip Walkway 03XXXXMZ-B Liine
Mil-C-450C Bituminous04999KMM
Mil-PRF-81352 Type 1 Acrylic1XXXXXLE Line