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The corrosion resistance of polymeric coatings containing epoxy ester, polyurea, and polymethylhydrosiloxane was significantly improved by the addition of cloisite 15A organoclay. The weight percent of organoclay was varied from 0.5 to 10%. The presence of organoclay in the coatings was confirmed using the Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy. The effect of organoclay on the surface energy of the coatings was analyzed by measuring contact angle with a video contact angle analyzer and using water and iodomethane as the probing liquids. The surface energy of the coatings increased with increasing organoclay concentration. The corrosion resistant properties were measured by direct current polarization technique. The addition of organoclay enhanced the corrosion resistance of the coatings, and the best corrosion resistance was shown by coating containing 1% organoclay. The dynamic mechanical property of the coatings was determined using the dynamic mechanical spectrometer. The glass transition temperature of the films decreased significantly with the addition of organoclay up to 1% after which it increased with additional increase in the wt% of organoclay. POLYM. ENG. SCI., 2012. © 2012 Society of Plastics Engineers