Condensing heat exchangers onboard manned spacecraft require hydrophilic fin surfaces to facilitate wetting and wicking of condensate to achieve gravity-independent water separation in the zero- or micro-gravity environment of space. In order to prevent the proliferation of microbes, the coating must also be biocidal. Here we show for the first time that zeolite A and ZSM-5 coatings deposited via in-situ crystallization on stainless steel and aluminum alloys have excellent hydrophilicity, biocidal properties, and adhesion. Water contact angles below 5° were obtained on most substrates tested. When silver-ion exchange is carried out on the zeolite A coating, it becomes highly antibacterial. This biocidal capability of zeolite A is regenerative by repeated ion exchange. All coatings exhibit the highest rating of 5B as determined by adhesion test ASTM D-3359-02 (American Society for Testing and Materials). These properties, in addition to zeolite coating's low-temperature crystallization process and demonstrated corrosion resistance, make zeolite coatings advantageous over the current sol–gel coatings and well suited for use in condensing heat exchangers onboard manned spacecraft.