In­ter­na­tio­nal’s new “Pro” paint

Superyacht - - What’s On - By Ro­ber­to Ne­glia

So­me­ti­mes a who­le con­cept can be ex­pres­sed in one word or two. Su­ch is the ca­se in point, “Per­fec­tion Pro” by In­ter­na­tio­nal whi­ch wan­ts to be the two part po­lyu­re­tha­ne ul­ti­ma­te per­for­ming hi­gh gloss top­si­de fi­ni­sh. Mar­ke­ted for pro­fes­sio­nals’ use, but thanks to its spe­cial con­ten­ts, pro­fes­sio­nal- qua­li­ty re­sul­ts are ma­de ea­sy al­so on a DIY ba­sis. The la­te­st en­try of the To­p­coat ran­ge co­mes from Ak­zo No­bel wi­th hea­d­quar­ters in Am­ster­dam Hol­land. This com­pa­ny is staf­fed by about 45,000 peo­ple in 80 Coun­tries, wi­th pro­duc­ts whi­ch in­clu­de hi­sto­ric brands li­ke In­ter­na­tio­nal, Awl­grip, Sik­kens, In­ter­pon and Eka. As for In­ter­na­tio­nal’s Per­fec­tion Pro, we’re loo­king at a po­lyu­re­tha­ne top coat but mo­di­fied in a two part pack de­li­ve­ring hi­gh gloss whi­ch can be sprayed on, or ap­plied wi­th a bru­sh or rol­ler. Its fea­tu­res in­clu­de great ex­pan­sion whi­ch al­lo­ws the stra­ta to spread even­ly en­su­ring pro­fes­sio­nal-qua­li­ty re­sul­ts when using a bru­sh or rol­ler. Other fea­tu­res in­clu­de hi­gh long la­sting gloss and co­lour, and hi­ghe­st abra­sion re­si­stan­ce. Per­fec­tion pro can be ap­plied to se­ve­ral other sur­fa­ces in ad­di­tion to fi­bre­glass and wood, and al­so to steel and alu­mi­nium if trea­ted wi­th spe­ci­fic pri­mers – it is per­fect for wa­ter­li­nes and la­te­ral stri­pes. It co­mes in a wi­de va­rie­ty of spar­kling co­lours thanks to RAL, and blen­ding/mi­xing plan­ts in­stal­led at di­stri­bu­tors’ pre­mi­ses. La­te­st ge­ne­ra­tion blen­ding plan­ts co­ver a wi­de ran­ge of di­ver­se hues as well as of­fe­ring a spee­dy ser­vi­ce. In­ter­na­tio­nal’s Paint Mi­xing Sy­stem can al­so be viewed on the fol­lo­wing web­si­te: www.ya­cht­paint.com/ gbr. Mi­chel­le Thomp­son, Pro­duct Ma­na­ger Su­pe­rya­cht & Pro at Ak­zo­no­bel ex­plai­ned “In the main, the­se are the fac­tors that ma­ke Per­fec­tion Pro so­me­thing mo­re than an ex­cel­lent pro­duct, and we’re con­stan­tly fo­cu­sed on how we can be­st sa­ti­sfy our clien­ts’ re­quests”. Let’s now ta­ke a look at mo­re technical aspec­ts. The pro­du­cers are keen to hi­ghlight the qua­li­ty of the re­sul­ts ob­tai­ned when de­ploy­ing rol­lers. This me­thod re­qui­res less ti­me sin­ce it does not re­qui­re ha­ving to pro­tect/ ma­sk the areas that do not re­qui­re pain­ting when using spray guns. The ma­ke- up of the paint pro­vi­des a che­mi­cal cu­re for the har­de­st fi­ni­sh, is hi­ghly re­si­stant to the sun’s ul­tra vio­let rays, to oils and acids and de­ter­gent clea­ners. Ano­ther in­te­re­sting fac­tor is the brief ti­me re­qui­red for the paint to ca­ta­ly­ze thanks to a 2:1 ra­tio. To op­ti­mi­ze re­sul­ts, Per­fec­tion Pro is ma­de up of two di­ver­se ba­ses one for rol­ler coa­ting and the other when using a spray gun and a sin­gle ca­ta­ly­ser for bo­th. The di­luen­ts too are di­vi­ded in­to ‘slow’ when using rol­lers and ‘fa­st’ in the se­cond ca­se. Well, what about tho­se odious drips that of­ten ap­pear on ver­ti­cal sur­fa­ces? Should they ap­pear, they can be ea­si­ly re­mo­ved wi­th an ‘un­loa­ded’ rol­ler even 5 to 10 mi­nu­tes af­ter coa­ting. The pro­duct will not col­lect du­st af­ter 4 to 5 hours de­pen­ding on the tem­pe­ra­tu­re exi­sting du­ring ap­pli­ca­tion. When the sur­fa­ces to be trea­ted are in good sta­te it is enou­gh ap­ply Su­per Clea­ner, or a de­grea­ser to fi­bre­glass sur­fa­ces and rin­se wi­th wa­ter prior to light san­ding wi­th 320-400 grain sand­pa­per. Then use “600 Wi­pe Do­wn” sol­vent. When ap­ply­ing on ba­re sur­fa­ces use of ap­pro­pria­te pri­mers is re­com­men­ded. “In­ter­pro­tect” or “In­ter­pri­me 820” for wood and steel, “In­ter­pro­tect” for alu­mi­nium

al­loys. Ad­di­tio­nal­ly “In­ter­pro­tect” may be de­ployed to treat fi­bre­glass top­si­des to seal the po­ro­si­ty of old gel coat prior to using per­fec­tion pro or to­p­coat ena­mel fir­st. Two or th­ree coa­ts are re­com­men­ded when de­ploy­ing rol­lers or bru­shes. The­re’s no need to sand bet­ween the fir­st and se­cond coat but a light san­ding bet­ween the se­cond and third coat wi­th a 320-400 grain will re­sult in a smoo­ther fi­ni­sh. La­st but not lea­st, a spe­cial bru­sh de­vi­sed to op­ti­mi­ze dry­ing ti­me and to sim­pli­fy pro­ce­du­res wi­th a view to ob­tain en­han­ced pro­fes­sio­nal qua­li­ty re­sul­ts is al­so avai­la­ble. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion: Ak­zo No­bel Coa­tings – Ma­ri­ne Di­vi­sion, Pro­tec­ti­ve e Yacht Coa­tings; www.ya­cht­paint.com www.@ak­zo­no­bel.com

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