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Stripping agent for anti-fouling paints
Stripping agent for anti-fouling paintsKeywords: Atofina, Anti-fouling paints, Paint stripper
Another new product from Atofina is Strimix® 841, described as a cost-effective stripping agent for anti-fouling paints.
Anti-fouling paints protect the hulls of boats by preventing the build-up of marine organisms, which lead to extra fuel consumption. For optimum performance, the various anti-fouling paint layers should be thoroughly stripped every five to six years or so before any new application.
According to Atofina, 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, Strimix 841 is said to be easy to apply, by brush, roller, or spray. Its fast action can reportedly eliminate ten layers of anti-fouling paint in a few hours, without attacking the gel-coat, thereby minimising lay-up time. It is thought that 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 with 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 sthylene chloride used as a paint stripper. Like all other solvents in this range, Strimix 841 is a nethylsulphoxide formulation, believed to be one of the most effective solvents known today. Its formula, which has been patented by Atofina, has reportedly been specially studied to fulfil the main criteria of performance: safety of use, environmental protection and cost.