Single pack, water based metal etch primer.

4-metal primer is a water based acrylic resin with acid etchant and corrosion inhibitive pigments.

  • As a corrosion inhibitor on clean iron and steel such as gates, fences, garden furniture, air-conditioning units and galvanised surfaces.
  • As a metal primer for water based waterproofing systems, acrylics and alkyd enamels.


Increases the protection of steel against corrosion.

May be overcoated.

  • Water based.
  • Provides excellent adhesion between top coat and substrate.
  • Quick drying.
  • Prevents flash rusting.

abe Construction Chemicals - 4 Metal Primer - Properties


abe Construction Chemicals - 4 Metal Primer - Colour

Surface Preparation

Iron or steel surfaces should be free of loose rust.  Exposed metal should be thoroughly wire-brushed to reach as clean a state as possible. Galvanised steel should be degreased and completely free of white rust and preventative compounds.


Stir well before use.


Practical coverage for estimated purposes: 12 m2/L (Min two coats).


4-metal primer may be applied by brush or roller straight from the tin. For spray application thinning of up to 10% with water may be necessary.

Drying time @ 25 ºC – Touch dry: 30 min, Hard dry: 2 hours.

Overcoating time @ 25 °C – Minimum 4 hours for water-based coating. Minimum 24 hours for solvent-based coating.


Tools, brushes and mixing equipment should be cleaned immediately after use and before material has set with abe® super brush cleaner followed by washing with soap and water.

Protection / Maintenance on Completion

4-metal primer may be overcoated with water-based acrylics, alkyd enamels, chlorinated rubber paints.


500 ml, 1 L, 5 L and 25 L containers.

Handling & Storage

Shelf life of 12 months, but shorter if in extreme conditions. Keep tightly sealed in a dry cool place in the original packaging. 

Health & Safety

Product safety information required for safe use is not included.  Before handling, read product and safety data sheets and container labels for safe use, physical and health hazard information.  The safety data sheet is available from your local a.b.e.® Construction Chemicals branch.