Biocide Free Bottom Coating System

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Intersleek 900 is a patented fluoropolymer foul release coating that does not contain any biocides. The finish has what is known as low surface energy. Fouling organisms generally have a difficult time forming an attachment to a low surface energy finish and when they are successful only do so very weakly. Fouling can be easily removed with simple hand cleaning methods using sponges, window squeegees, soft bristle brushes, and fleece mitts. The frequency and amount of cleaning required will depend on fouling conditions and how often the boat is used.

Intersleek 900 provides a smooth surface that reduces drag and delivers improved fuel savings; ships have averaged 6% more fuel savings over traditional antifouling paints. Using less fuel also means that you will be reducing carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide emissions.

“Intersleek 900 has been used extensively in the shipping industry on all types of ships including bulk carriers, general cargo carriers, tankers, cruise ships, container ships, naval craft and fast catamarans improving vessel speed and energy efficiency along with controlling fouling build up on the underwater hull,” said Bob Donat VP of Marketing for Interlux “and we believe that pleasure craft whether power or sail will also benefit from Intersleek 900 technology.”

Donat said “We have decided to launch it into California first because of some unique characteristics of the California market. Boat owners in California will leave their boats in the water for very long periods of time and are used to having the bottoms cleaned by a diver on a regular basis.”

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