Bayer MaterialScience Develop Polyaspartic Gelcoat Technology for Water Slides

11 October 2011

Bayer MaterialScience have developed a polyaspartic gelcoat technology that offers durability, colour and gloss retention, ultra-low volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and quick return-to-service for restoring water slides.

According to Bayer, the high-performance polyaspartic gelcoat technology offers better resistance to weather conditions and durability, for a life expectancy of years, not months. They say that accelerated weather testing has also indicated that the gelcoat technology provides superior colour and gloss retention compared with traditional coating technology. Additionally, they explain that the spray-applied, two-component, ambient-cure gelcoat, which features ultra-low VOCs and low odour, can be applied at colder temperatures than currently available coatings. This wider temperature application range extends the season for restoring outdoor slides.

Bayer explains that their gelcoat technology provides quick dry times; leading to faster return-to-service and helping applicators and water park operators meet tight deadlines. They say that, in one instance, slide operations were re-started within 24 hours of the coating application.

"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 colour retention than existing technologies," said Edward P. Squiller, Director, Business Development, Coatings, Adhesives and Specialties, Bayer.

Bayer will be displaying the polyaspartic gelcoat coating technology at stand 759 of the World Waterpark Association Symposium and Trade Show which takes place 3rd – 7th October at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside and Ernest M. Morial Convention Centre, New Orleans, US.

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