Master Painters Institute Announces New Product Standards for Specialized Department of Defense Facilities


The Master Painters Institute (MPI), a division of the NACE International Institute, today announced its completion of product standards for interior carbon-steel fuel pipes, interior welded fuel tanks, exterior steel systems, and waterfront steel structures. MPI was contracted by Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) to establish the product standards.

The new MPI 500 Series Standards are for use in numerous aspects of work involving specialized Department of Defense (DoD) Petroleum, Oils, and Lubricants (POL) facilities. Initial testing is now complete, and the standards are available via the online MPI store. Coating manufacturers can submit products for approval beginning in May 2019.

Following is a description of the new standards:

System MPI# 500 and 501 standards are for interior carbon-steel fuel tanks. This commercial standard is similar to MIL-PRF-4556, “Coating Kit, Epoxy, for Interior of Steel Fuel Tanks,” which was canceled in 2011. Standard MPI# 505 is for interior welded fuel tanks. Standard MPI# 510 is for exterior welded fuel tanks. System MPI# 514, 515, and 516 is designed for waterfront steel structures.

MPI #                                             Coating Description                    

500 & 501 (system)                      Epoxy, Interior Seel Fuel tank, Primer                                 

505                                                Low VOC, Two-Coat Polysulfide Modified Novolac Epoxy       

510                                                Zero-VOC, Self-Priming, Splash Zone Coating (SZC)          

515 & 516 (2 coat system)           Non-Zinc Epoxy Barrier Coating, Primer               Fluorourethane, Steel Structure exterior, Topcoat

For more information about the new standards or to submit an application for these new MPI categories, contact Terrance Mayes - / 1 740 438 6608


About MPI and the NACE International Institute
In 2017 MPI was acquired by the NACE International Institute and now is incorporated in the USA under the non-profit NACE International Institute and operates from Vancouver, Houston, and Pittsburgh. The NACE International Institute supports the growth and quality of certification for the corrosion control field, improves the business conditions of the industry, and advances knowledge through certification programs that promote public safety, protect the environment and reduce the economic impact of corrosion. For more information, visit

The mission of MPI is to support the architectural and commercial building community’s use of coatings systems that perform as planned.  Part of MPI’s mission, then, extends to ensuring that specifiers, architects, and contractors have confidence that paint projects are performed with integrity by properly qualified and competent professionals. Additionally, MPI’s mission includes validating commercial painting professionals through development and maintenance of pre-eminent training and certification programs.