CARC paint refers to the chemical agent resistant coating system used in preparing and painting vehicles. The CARC combination of pretreatments, primers and topcoats makes the metal surfaces highly resistant to corrosion and penetration of chemical agents, including chemical warfare agents. Although dry CARC poses no hazards, except during welding or sanding, inhalation of CARC during the painting and drying process can be harmful.
CARC is used to prepare and paint vehicles, including all combat, combat support, and combat service support equipment.
Veterans who may have been exposed to CARC paint or fumes during military service include:
Paint fumes present the most potential risk to users especially when CARC is spray painted, rather than applied with a brush or roller.
CARC paint contains several chemical compounds that can be hazardous when inhaled or exposed to the skin:
If you are concerned about health problems associated with exposure to CARC paint during military service, contact the Environmental Health Coordinator or Patient Care Advocate at your nearest VA medical facility.
Veterans may be eligible for:
Department of Defense (DoD):