EPOLIGHT WIN AND EPOYACHT WHEN FILLER IS PREMIUM
A real test, ‘German’ style hard and more set up by Wrede Technologies. The Italian filler went under the microscope. The result: premium quality - hands down.
It is standard practice for marketing brands to present their products. Less often though, is it possible, to check out the results of a test made by an independent examining body. And this is what precisely occurred with Wrede Technologies Studio one of the most internationally renowned consultants specialised in the given field. Tests were carried to measure the degree of resistance some of Boero Yacht Coatings possess.but more specifically we’re talking about hi-performance paints and fillers used on super and megayachts. Two separate fillers were tested: “Epolight Win” and “Epoyacht”. The analysis aimed to check out the products‘ yield on two hypothetical units which had been treated with comprehensive cycles and then
exposed to diverse temperatures and to compare performance. The first important result observed by the testing party from the beginning while the prototypes were being completed was that Boero fillers “were easy to apply and smooth” when compared to other products on the market.but what’s more to the point is that at the end of all the tests no defects were found in the finish, no sign of delamination or cracks of any kind. In a nutshell the following products were examined closely: Delta 3000 / Epolight Win / Epomar / Delta UC HB / Epoply / Challenger Pro - Delta 3000 / Epoyacht / Epomar / Delta UC HB / Epoply / Challenger Pro. Several mock-ups were specially prepared for the tests. The thoroughness of the tests was amply demonstrated not only by the application of variable thicknesses but also by the maximum required thickness which was relatively high, and more so by the geometry of the surfaces themselves- the shapes of some - featured cutting curves. The surfaces to be treated were sanded before the primers were applied according to SA2.5 standard.then they were duly cleaned and degreased. The primers were applied at pre-set temperature and humidity levels, at 20° C and about 40% humidity.the product was sprayed on with a cup shaped gun. Then came the fillers according to the specs supplied on the products’ technical sheets. Four 5mm layers were applied in succession to reach the maximum thickness required. In actual fact to be honest this is only part of the preliminaries because the real work consisted in testing yield by simulating several working conditions a yacht may undergo. From the toughest (cold) to the hottest with temperature excursions ranging between -30°C to +80°C. Other trials were carried out as well by simulating day to night time temperatures, and then return to daytime hotter temperatures repeatedly. Subsequent testing simulated cruising in extremely cold waters -30°C for three consecutive days, alternated by brief defrosting every 24 hours. Finally temperatures were raised with infrareds to 80°C. All things considered this was a very severe set of tests performed which exceeds, by far the effective use of a superyacht during its whole life cycle. One of the more striking results is that the temperatures the single prototypes were exposed to did not vary excessively neither between their front sides and back ones. But more so that at the end of the tests there were no defects in the finishes, no form of delamination or cracks of any kind whatsoever. The test also revealed that the same result was not reached by other fillers (of other brands) which had in fact failed several times when temperatures dropped below -15°C. Both Boero fillers Epolight win and Epoyacht instead were free of any crack following three separate temperature tests and the “performance observed” – as written in the final report – “they’re in the premium range when compared to the results obtained by other fillers currently available on the market”