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5 Gallon Clipper Ship EM-50 Contractor Tack Coat Asphalt Primer

Clippership EM-50 Tack Coat asphalt primer binder
SKU: EM-50-5-1
5 Gallon Clipper Ship EM-50 Contractor Tack Coat
List price: $129
Free Shipping to lower US 48
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Quick Overview: 
  • Contractor grade hot applied tack coat
  • Perfect for paving maintenance professionals
  • Designed to work with all bituminous products
  • Meets AASHTO M208 specification


Contractors looking for quality hot applied commercial tack coat for asphalt paving jobs don't need to look much further unless you're more interested in a trackless tack coat.

The Clipper Ship EM-50 is a contractor grade SS1-h asphalt emulsion tack coat that is designed to meet the AASHTO M208 standards as well as any state specific requirements, ensuring a quality product on the job for driveway and parking lot paving professionals.

Whenever a commercial primer or tack coat is required for proper adhesion to bituminous asphalt, the EM-50 Tack Coat is designed for it.

Geared up towards general pavement maintenance crews, this product is ideal as a tack coat for hot or cold asphalt patch, overlays or as a primer for sub-grades where new asphalt is being installed.

Depending on the surface being covered, EM-50 can be applied with a brush, squeegee, spray equipment and provides coverage of 150 square feet per gallon. The maximum temperature allowable for application for EM-50 is 160°F.

For homeowners, we recommend taking a look at our BIG A Tack-Kote product which is designed to go with our BIG A brand of asphalt emulsion products: Sealer, Cold Crack Fill, Alligator Patch

Does this product require special equipment to heat it?

Yes. For best results, heating this product to approximately 160ºF is required.

If you need heating equipment, check out the Hot Tack Equipment we have available.

Packaging And Volume Sales

Call for a quote on quantities larger than 5 gallons +1(800) 689-2098

Primary Packaging

  • Sold online as a 5 gallon bucket for small and easy usage requirements or for testing before buying in bulk.

Alternative Packaging

  • Bulk pallet of 5 gallon buckets
  • 55 gallon drums
  • 275 gallon totes

Volume Shipping

  • Full tanker truck loads

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Material Type

Asphalt Emulsion

Electronic Charge


Shipped Volume

5 Gallons

Weight Per Gallon


Finish / Color

Gloss Black

Skin Irritation


Shoe Tracking

Minimal (sticky until fully cured)

Standards Met




D3286, E96


Per Gallon

150 sq ft

Per Container

750 sq ft

Additional Notes

Actual coverage may vary depending on texture and condition of the asphalt

Dry Times

Dry to Walk

90 minutes

Full Cure

24 - 36 hours

Additional Notes

Actual dry times will vary depending on ambient temperature, humidity, wind conditions and access to sunlight


Application Method

Spray, Squeegee, Roller, Brush

Recommended Max Dilution

None: apply undiluted for best performance



Minimum Application Temp

Above freezing (32º F) for 24 hours

Recommended Application Temp

50º F or higher

Cleanup (liquid state)

Soap & Water immediately before dry


Cold Extreme

Can Not Freeze (Recommend 50º F or above)

Hot Extreme

Avoid Excessive Heat; 160ºF Maximum; Keep out of direct sunlight

Shelf Life

6 - 8 months if properly sealed after use

Additional Notes

Product should be ready-to-use with no mixing required. Some mixing may be necessary in rare situations or near the end of its shelf-life

Product Details



Viscosity, seconds (T72)



Sieve Test, % (T59)



Residue by Distillation, % (T59)



Oil Distillate, % (T59)


Penetration (T49)




Material and Safey Data Sheets (MSDS/SDS):
Shipping Weight
Weight: 43 lb
Shipping Dimensions
Dimensions: 14 in × 14 in × 16 in