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Overview:

The refurbishment of marine vessels presents several challenges:

  • Many specialty and high performance coatings are used in the shipbuilding industry, which are difficult to remove with the use of conventional chemical strippers.
  • The paint is often very thick in multiple layers, which is difficult to remove.
  • Projects are often located in environmentally sensitive areas making it necessary to build elaborate containment structures for dust, odor and airborne particles and waterborne waste.
  • The interiors of ships’ storage tanks and ballast tanks have intricate shapes and hard-to-reach places, where abrasive blasting becomes difficult and expensive.
  • Down time for a ship is very expensive and quick turn-around times are essential.

Products are water-born, worker friendly, non-toxic and biodegradable. They are capable of removing the toughest marine coating systems, including Coal Tar Epoxies, Glass Flake Epoxies, Non-Skid Deck Coatings and Anti-Fouling Paint.. The product range includes:

2030: For thick film coatings and coal tar epoxies.
2010: For coatings on metal and other surfaces on the top side.

Benefits:

These products offer the following major benefits to the user:

  • Multiple coats of paint removed with only one application.
  • Safer work site while paint removal is being carried out.
  • Ship’s crew can easily use the products during voyages.
  • No need for extensive and elaborate containment systems.
  • Can be easily applied in tight enclosed spaces like cargo holds and ballast tanks where blasting and toxic chemicals are difficult to use.

Comparative Test Results:

Tests conducted by Fleet Superintendents and independent inspection authorities have confirmed that produced very satisfactory surface preparation prior to re-coating. They confirmed that in many cases, was faster, cheaper and safer than UHP water jetting or conventional chemical stripping.