Sherwin-Williams' Coatings Protect Royal Navy Warships


Global protective coatings firm The Sherwin-Williams Company has announced the delivery of over a million square meters worth of protective coatings to two Royal Navy warships through an emailed press release.

The recipients, HMS Queen Elizabeth and sister ship HMS Prince of Wales, are the largest warships to ever be built for the United Kingdom’s naval fleet.

About the Project

According to an emailed press release, Sherwin was chosen for its marine corrosion protection on steel surfaces. For the work, the company supplied coatings for various external and internal surfaces, which included exterior decks, berthing spaces, wet areas, passageways, cabins, machinery spaces, galleys and bridge spaces.

“There can be no room for compromise on projects of this nature which require the very highest preparation and application of the best marine coatings available,” said Sherwin-Williams product manager Alex Sandilands.

“We feel privileged to have been involved in providing both knowledge and expertise in the marine environment to combat corrosion and to deliver the highest aesthetic finish over such a large scale of surface areas. This will protect these flagship British naval carriers for many years to come.”

Specifically, one of the products the company sent was the high-build epoxy zinc phosphate primer Macropoxy C425v2, which was applied to both vessels. Another delivered high-solid product, two-pack Macropoxy M922—which contains micronised glass flake and anti-corrosive pigments—was reported to be successfully used as a tank lining.

Additionally, Sherwin’s Biogard M630V2 water-based epoxy finish was applied to wet spaces such as bathrooms, galleys, decontamination spaces, laundries, machinery space bulkheads and all standing decks in a variety of colors. A series of water-based finishes including M770 and Macropoxy M630V2 in pebble or white were also used to provide protective aesthetics.

Applicators Wood and The Aircraft Carrier Alliance applied the coatings to the HMS Queen Elizabeth, which was delivered back to the Royal Navy in December 2017, while coatings for the HMS Prince of Wales is slated for completion later this year.


Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; Coating Materials; Corrosion protection; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Epoxy; Latin America; Marine Coatings; North America; Paint application; Program/Project Management; Protective coatings; Protective Coatings; Sherwin-Williams; Ships and vessels; Z-Continents

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