Bayer MaterialScience LLC (Pittsburgh, Pa.) reported on the development of a “breakthrough” polyaspartic gelcoat technology that the company says offers superior durability, color and gloss retention in restoration of water slides.
The technology also comes with “ultra-low” VOC content and rapid return to service, the company says.
The company offered information about the product at the World Waterpark Association Symposium and Trade Show, Oct. 3-7 in New Orleans.
The company says conventional gelcoats are characterized by vulnerability to the elements, which leads to premature chalking and downglossing. The coatings are also said to be subject to limited application temperature ranges and slower dry times.
The company says accelerated weathering testing indicates the spray-applied, two-component gelcoat technology is low in odor and can be applied at colder temperatures, extending the season for restoration of outdoor slides.
“As the outdoor and indoor water park-market continues to grow, operators and applicators now have a coating solution that is not only durable, but also offers a wider application temperature range, ultra-low VOCs and superior gloss and color retention than existing technologies,” said Edward P. Squiller, Bayer MaterialScience director, business development, coatings, adhesives and specialties.
More information: Bayer MaterialScience LLC.