VFI®-1016 Steel Primer

VFI®-1016 Steel Primer

VFI-1016 Steel Primer is a high solvent-based, single-component urethane primer. It is used to prepare bare metal surfaces for the application of an approved polyurea or polyurethane top coat. Applied easily by brush, roller, or spray equipment, the colorless primer strictly promotes adhesion without forming a film. VFI-1016 has a quick dry time for same-day application of a top coat.

VFI-1016 Steel Primer from VFI is a high solvent-based urethane primer that prepares bare metal surfaces for a polyurea or urethane top coat.

Features & Benefits

  • Convenient single-component packaging for easy application
  • Fast drying for quick application of a polyurea or urethane top coat
  • Versatile application by spray equipment, roller, brush, or wipe on
  • Excellent adhesion when applied directly to steel surfaces
  • Compatible with spray-on bedliners (VFI-542, VFI-543, & VFI-544)

Instructions for Use:

Surface Preparation

Thoroughly degrease the surface with acetone or MEK to remove contaminants, such as grease, dirt, oils, and loose particles that could affect adhesion. The steel surface should be abraded with a wire cup brush sander or 40-grit sandpaper. Once scuffed, degrease the surface again, and allow it to dry before applying the primer. Apply painter’s tape and cover all areas you do not plan on priming or top coating.

Note: Not all metal applications require a primer, but it is recommended for larger exposed areas of bare metal or new panels to ensure a strong bond of a top coat to the surface.


Do not heat the material before or during application. Only apply the primer when the surface temperature is between 40°F – 120°F. If the temperature decreases below 40°F before the primer is fully applied and cured, it may affect adhesion results. Do not apply it in areas where rain or other moisture contamination is present before a top coat can be applied.

VFI-1016 can be applied to surfaces by single-component spray equipment, rollers, brushes, or a wipe on process. The standard coverage over a smooth surface is 2 wet mils or 800-1200 sq/ft per gallon. Apply enough material in a uniform coat to thoroughly wet the metal surface, and avoid making puddles. After the primer has dried, a top coat must be applied the same day, within the 1-6 hour recoat window.


To clean application equipment before the material has cured, VFI recommends using xylene or MEK.


*Always read the safety data sheet before working with chemicals

Use chemicals only as directed and for their intended purpose. Do not dispose of chemicals down the drain. Most chemicals must be disposed of as hazardous waste.

PPE to avoid all unnecessary exposure:

  • Hand protection – wear chemically resistant protective gloves (nitrile, butyl, or neoprene)
  • Eye protection – wear approved safety glasses and any additional eye protection as necessary
  • Body protection – wear suitable protective clothing that covers all exposed skin
  • Respiratory protection – in case of insufficient ventilation, wear suitable respiratory equipment. Respirator selection must be based on known or anticipated exposure levels, the hazards of the product, and the safe working limits of the selected respirator

Product Limitations

The primed surface should not be exposed to any chemicals other than an approved topcoat. It is highly flammable as a liquid or vapor and contains VOCs over the EPA-regulated amount at 840 g/L. It contains solvents that require adequate ventilation during application. An approved respirator is required during spray application as inhalation of particulate matter must be avoided.

  • Incompatible materials – oxidizers
  • Conditions to avoid – heat, incompatible materials, and sources of ignition
  • Chemical stability – stable under normal storage conditions but the material may form a flammable/explosive vapor-air mixture
  • Reactivity & hazardous reactions – no dangerous reaction known under normal use
  • Hazardous decomposition products – may include, and are not limited to, oxides of carbon

Potential Health Hazards

  • The material is harmful if inhaled and may cause respiratory tract irritation, allergy or asthma symptoms, and breathing difficulties.
  • Causes skin irritation or sensitization: redness, edema, drying, defatting, and cracking of the skin.
  • Causes serious eye irritation: discomfort or pain, excess blinking and tear production, marked redness, and swelling of the conjunctiva.
  • May be fatal if swallowed and enters the airways. This product may be aspirated into the lungs and cause chemical pneumonitis, stomach distress, nausea, or vomiting.

*If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, seek medical attention or advice. Call a poison control center or doctor if swallowed.

Application Methods:

  • Spray Spray
  • Chip Brush Chip Brush
  • Roll Roll

Available Packaging:

  • 1 Quart