New Product Announcement: Antifouling Marine Coatings
Protective coatings manufacturer Tnemec Company, Inc. has announced the launch of its HullClad line of coatings, which the company says is designed to protect ships’ and vessels’ hulls in harsh underwater marine environments.
According to an emailed release from the company, the coating system includes Series 190 Epoxy Primer, Series 191 HullClad TC, an epoxy tiecoat and antifouling paints Series 194 and 195 HullClad CU.
“Every boat owner knows the issues marine fouling can cause to their vessel,” said Andy Margarit, the Marine Market Director at Tnemec. “If it’s not properly addressed, layers of slime, barnacles, and marine growth can increase fuel consumption, affect top speed, or make the boat harder to maneuver.”
Tnemec explains that Series 191 HullClad TC is a tie-coat, designed to give extended recoat windows for the shipyard or applicator to overcoat with an approved antifoul coating. Series 191 can reportedly give contractors up to five days to apply an approved antifouling topcoat to help with application to the entire bottom paint system.
Additionally, Series 194 and 195 HullClad antifouling paints act as self-polishing coatings. This reportedly means that as a vessel travels through the water, a new layer of biocide within the coating gets exposed and keeps the bottom paint performing effectively and protecting the substrate.
Other features from the HullClad line of coatings reportedly include a service life of up to 60 months, low-VOC and high-volume solids, brush, roll or spray applications, as well as reapplication with little surface preparation.