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Stripping agent for antifouling paints
Stripping agent for antifouling paintsKeywords: Atofina, Anti-fouling paints, Painting
Antifouling paints protect the hull of boats by preventing the build-up of marine organisms, which can lead to extra fuel consumption. For optimum performance, the various antifouling paint layers should be thoroughly stripped every five to six years or so before any new application.
Atofina informs us that Strimix® 841 has been specially formulated to eliminate anti-fouling paints effectively and quickly, without affecting the gel-coat primer which acts as a waterproofing sealant on the polyester hull.
With its creamy consistency and low volatile content, it is said to be easy to apply, either by brush, roller, or spray. Its fast action can reportedly eliminate ten layers of antifouling paint in a few hours, without attacking the gel-coat, thereby minimizing lay-up time. According to Atofina, a 30m yacht, for example, will not require laying up for more than a day and a half when Strimix 841 is used to strip its hull completely, compared to an entire week when the paint is removed mechanically.
Strimix 841 belongs to the Strimix range of solvents developed by Atofina as an alternative to methylene chloride used as a paint stripper. Like all other solvents in this range, Strimix 841 is a dimethyisulphoxide formulation, believed to be one of the most effective solvents known today. Its formula, which has been patented by Atofina, has been specially studied to fulfil the main criteria of performance, safety of use, environmental protection, and cost.