Top provider of NADCAP accredited CARC &
NON-CARC Mil-Spec liquid paints.


Northrop Grumman, Lockheed , and more

ASTM Standards

MIL-DTL-53072 and TT-C-490


Aerospace Quality Systems

Mil-SpeC liquid paint Overview

Metal Chem has developed specialized processes qualified and approved by NADCAP along with incumbent Prime Contractors to provide surface finish and complete coating systems utilized for Military and defense applications. These coating systems are subject to Salt Spray Validation IAW ASTM B117 (1008 hours) and Cyclic Corrosion Testing IAW GMW 14872 (30 Cycles) at the Primer and Topcoat levels.  These  coatings include but are not limited to Corrosion Inhibiting coating and CARC epoxy primers, wash primers and Topcoats including coating systems approved by the Department of Defense.

Types Of carc & NON-CARC painting We Provide

Metal Chem Inc. has developed an approved process in full compliance with NADCAP aerospace quality system and  specializes in the application of QPD coating systems including but not limited to the following products:

  • QPL-53072
  • MIL-DTL-53039 
  • MIL-DTL-64159 
  • QPL-53030
  • QPL-53022
  • QPL-23377
  • QPL-85582
  • MIL-PRF-85285 
  • MIL-PRF-22750 

MIL-PRF-23377         Primer Coatings: Epoxy, High-Solids.       

MIL-DTL-53022        Primer, Epoxy Coating, Corrosion Inhibiting Lead and Chromate Free

MIL-DTL-53039        Coating, Aliphatic polyurethane, Single Component, CARC

MIL-DTL-64159           Primer Coatings: Epoxy, Waterborne.                

MIL-DTL-53030        Primer Coating, Epoxy, Water Based, Lead and Chromate Free

MIL-DTL-53072        Chemical Agent Resistant Coating (CARC) System Application Procedures and Quality                                         Control Inspection

MIL-PRF-85582         Primer Coatings: Epoxy, Waterborne.

Chemical Resistance: Because the vehicles painted with CARC are so impervious to chemical agents, there is less risk to personnel. CARC paints are non-absorbent, thus preventing the transfer of harmful agents to those who come in contact with these surfaces. The paint even protects against radioactivity.

Ease of Decontamination: Decontamination is highly expensive and time-consuming, but necessary to reduce exposure to harmful agents. However, because these paints are so resistant to these deadly agents, it is much easier to neutralize these surfaces. Furthermore, Chemical Agent Resistant Coatings are more durable and hold up better against decontaminating solutions.

Superior Camouflage: CARC paint also includes a unique pigment package that confuses infrared technology. Previous coatings were more visible to infrared cameras. But CARC paint blends the vehicle in with its surrounding environment, thus enhancing its ability to go undetected even to infrared.

CARC stands for Chemical Agent Resistant Coatings. These coatings are used extensively on most military vehicles and equipment. They are high performance coatings that were developed to withstand decontamination during a chemical warfare attack. These coatings produce a non-porous coat that impedes radioactivity, chemical and biological contaminants from penetrating the coating and the base material. Instead of penetrating the coating, chemicals bead up on the exterior of the surface and are washed off easily. In turn, these vehicles can be used over again without the concern of future contaminants along with the security of resisting further chemical attack. 

MIL-SPEC Liquid Paint

Quality System

With a facility that boasts more than 15,000 square feet, our headquarters includes an in-house laboratory and state-of-the-art technology that’s unparalleled in the metal application industry. You can feel confident that your project is in the hands of experts – our team of control managers has decades of experience in the science of metal finishing, metal plating, and chemistry.


Mil-Spec LIquid Paint Quality Control

From Start To Finish


Metal Prep + Masking

At Metal Chem, we take the necessary steps to prep your metal prior to chem film application. If masking is required, our team includes dedicated experts that handle the masking in-house.


Metal Application

Metal Chem Inc. maintains the appropriate process controls for our chemical conversion and electroplating processes which require titration, coating weights, pH, and TDS verification.


QA Inspection

Metal Chem uses sophisticated process controls and analysis to ensure all of our final products meet the standards of our accreditations and mil-spec testing validation requirements. 

Who We Help
Aerospace & Military Metal Applications Approvals

Since 1991, Metal Chem Inc. has become one of the premiere metal plating and finishing companies in the country. Our NADCAP accreditation has allowed us to proudly fulfill the metal application needs of top technology pioneers in the aerospace, military and naval industries. As an industry leader in spec plating and metal finishing, our team has decades of experience handling complex projects that require a sophisticated level of detail.

You ask, we answer

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about the mil-spec liquid painting process.

The United States Military has high standards when it comes to equipment performance. Every detail matters to ensure safety, durability, and quality all the way down to equipment and vehicle coating. Only specially-designed products can claim to meet Military Specifications (Mil-Spec). A Chemical Agent Resistant Coating must meet military specifications in order to be produced as a CARC.

  • Chemical Resistance – CARC makes vehicles and equipment impervious to chemical agents because it is non-absorbent. Any chemical, biological, or radioactive agents remain on the surface and cannot penetrate into the equipment. This prevents the risk of transferring harmful agents to personnel once the surface has been decontaminated.
  • Easier Decontamination –  Decontamination is the time-consuming and expensive process of removing harmful agents from the surface of equipment and vehicles. CARC paint makes this process easier by being extremely resistant to hazardous agents. CARC’s durability also means it can handle the stress of decontamination agents and solvents time after time.
  • Infrared Camouflage – CARC paint is made with a special pigment package that enhances the vehicle and its equipment’s ability to go undetected by infrared cameras. 

Yes. Metal Chem Inc. has developed an approved process in full compliance with the NADCAP aerospace quality system per MIL-DTL-53072 standards.

With approvals from prime contractors such as Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin, the team at Metal Chem proudly provides NADCAP accredited MIL-SPEC liquid paint applications for the military and defense industries.

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21514 Nordhoff Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311

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