CARC (Chemical Agent Resistant Coating) is a paint used on military vehicles to make metal surfaces highly resistant to corrosion and penetration of chemical agents.
Inhaling CARC during the painting and drying process can be harmful. Dry CARC poses no hazards, except during welding or sanding.
If you are concerned about exposure to CARC paint during your military service, talk to your health care provider or local VA Environmental Health Coordinator.
Gulf War Veterans who painted combat vehicles and equipment during their military service may have been exposed to CARC paint or fumes without adequate respiratory protection.
Other Veterans who painted tanks, armored personnel carriers, and other motor pool equipment may have been exposed. Some civilian units and support units may have been exposed.
Learn more about exposure to CARC paint from the Deployment Health Clinical Center.
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 your military service, talk to your health care provider or local VA Environmental Health Coordinator.
Veterans may file a claim for disability compensation for health problems they believe are related to exposure to CARC paint during military service. VA decides these claims on a case-by-case basis. File a claim online.
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