Three-component, solvent-borne, polyamide cured epoxy coal tar aluminium.


 Protective and decorative finish to abe.®cote 352. 

  • Provides a decorative silver finish to otherwise black epoxy coal tar.
  • Easily applied.
  • Brown colour indicator where multi-coat system required. 
  • Economical.
Surface Preparation

abe.®cote 353 was developed to provide a decorative finish to abe.®cote 352 painted surfaces. Apply abe.®cote 353 to abe.®cote 352 within 24 hours in order to achieve optimum intercoat adhesion. 

Properties of Wet Material

Mixing ratio 

Do not split kit 


0.98 g/cm3 

Colour: Base Activator Mixed material 


Light amber 



Matt aluminium

Flash point 



Ready for use when thoroughly mixed 


12 – 15 sec. FC4 (mixed)

Shelf life 

2 years from date of manufacture 

Properties During Application

Application by 

Brush, short fibre roller or airless spray 

Pot life 

Use within 18 hours 

Induction period 

Allow to stand for 20 minutes in shade after mixing 

Volume solids (typical) 


Recommended average dft per coat 

27 μm 

Theoretical cover for above dft 

8 m2/L on smooth surface 

Recommended no. coats 

1 for normal service conditions
2 for harsh service condition 

Dry time @ 25º

Touch dry – 1 hour
Hard dry – 24 hours
Full cure – 7 days 

Overcoating time @ 25ºC

Min: 12 hrs
Max: 48 hrs 

Application temp. Range 

10 ºC to 40 ºC

Fire resistance of wet film 


Equipment clean-up 

abe® super brush cleaner 

Do not apply 

If humidity is in excess of 85% 

Do not apply

If surface is less than 2 ºC above
dew point 

Properties of Dry Film

Accelerated weather resistance 

Passes 1 000 hours with no pin-holing cracking or alligatoring.


Dried film is nontoxic but must not be used in contact with food or potable liquids 

Water tainting 

Will taint potable water

Distilled water resistance 


Solvent resistance 

Resists: hydrocarbon fuels, oils and aliphatic solvents 

Resistance to neutral aqueous media



Silver matt finish 


Being aluminium, the finish is decorative and should not be used in full immersion conditions. 


Add aluminium paste to base component. Stir well and then add activator. Stir together for at least five minutes using a flat paddle. Stir longer if the mix exceeds 5 litres volume. It has been found that mechanical mixing gives better dispersion than manual mixing. A suitable mixing method would be a slow speed electric drill (approximately 200 r/min) fitted with a suitable paddle. The mixed material must be left to stand for 20 minutes in a cool place prior to application. 


8m2/L on smooth surface 


abe.®cote 353 may be airless sprayed, normally through a 325 μm tip. abe.®cote 353should not be applied if the ambient temperature is below 10 oC. The curing reaction will not proceed at low temperature. If surfaces are not at least 2 oC above dew point, there is every chance that a film of condensed moisture may be present. This will upset adhesion of the coating. Too early overcoating or exceeding recommended wet film thicknesses can result in solvent entrapment which can lead to disastrous performance. When work is carried out in full sun, and surface temperatures may rise far above ambient, it will be found that the film will remain thermoplastic until full cross-linking of the coating has taken place. While cross-linking of the coating is normally complete in seven days, it is advisable to leave the coating as long as possible up to 28 days before putting it into full service. 


abe® super brush cleaner before dried/cure.

Protection on Completion

Protect against traffic and spillage until cured.

Temperature & Relative Humidity

See “Application” and “Properties during application”.

Model Specification

Two component, solvent borne epoxy tar aluminium topcoat for abe.®cote 352.

The coating shall be abe.®cote 353, a two component solvent borne epoxy tar and applied over abe.®cote 352 and applied in accordance with the manufacturers recommendations, a.b.e.®.


abe.®cote 353 is supplied in 5L and 25L metal containers. 

Handling & Storage

This product has a shelf life of 12 months if kept in a dry cool place in the original packaging under cover. In more extreme conditions this period might be shortened.

Health & Safety

Wet abe.®cote 353 is toxic and flammable. Always ventilate the working area well during application and drying. Avoid flames in vicinity. Always wear gloves and eye protection when working with the material and avoid excessive inhalation and skin contact. If material is splashed in the eye, wash with copious quantities of clean water and seek medical attention.

Cured abe.®cote 353 is inert and harmless, but not in contact with food or drinkable liquids.

When transporting liquids or semi liquids by aircraft, ask for material safety data sheet. 

Important Note

This data sheet is issued as a guide to the use of the product(s) concerned. Whilst a.b.e.® endeavors to ensure that any advice, recommendation, specification or information is accurate and correct, the company cannot – because a.b.e.® has no direct or continuous control over where and how a.b.e.® products are applied – accept any liability either directly or indirectly arising from the use of a.b.e.® products, whether or not in accordance with any advice, specification, recommendation, or information given by the company.

Further Information

Where other products are to be used in conjunction with this material, the relevant technical data sheets should be consulted to determine total requirements. a.b.e.® has a wealth of technical and practical experience built up over years in the company’s pursuit of excellence in building and construction technology.