This water reducible epoxy primer offers the user a way to increase productivity while using a product that does not contain hexavalent chrome, lead, cadmium or other known toxic heavy metals. This product will reduce or eliminate the exposure risk to chrome during application or during sanding for recoating or removal processes. This primer has excellent chemical agent resistance and good corrosion resistance over pretreated steel substrates. This coating also maintains excellent adhesion over a variety of pretreated aluminum, steel and composite substrates.