AkzoNobel launches new premium finishes
AkzoNobel brands Awlgrip and International have released new-generation products offering superior finishes and advanced antifouling protection for discerning yacht owners.
Awlgrip and International are among AkzoNobel’s leading brands
Awlgrip and International have both released new products following recent research and development by the premium boat paint brands of AkzoNobel, the Dutch conglomerate synonymous with the highest standards of protection and appearance for all kinds of vessels. Awlgrip is unrivalled in terms of colour and gloss, creating breathtaking finishes worthy of the world’s finest yachts, while International provides cutting-edge performance and antifouling protection.
AWLGRIP HDT, AWLCRAFT SE
For over 45 years, the Awlgrip brand name has held a reputation of universal trust and recognition in the world of decorative yacht coatings. This reputation has been built upon outstanding quality, a superlative finish against which all other coatings are measured, and continuous innovation supported by AkzoNobel’s unrivalled technical expertise.
Today, Awlgrip’s industry-leading products provide a wide range of colours and effects, combined with high gloss and proven durability. For professional customers everywhere who demand consistently outstanding quality, technical service and a full product range, Awlgrip has the complete solution.
Awlgrip HDT (High Definition Technology)
Awlgrip has created a new standard in topcoat appearance and durability: High Definition Technology. This high-performance, mirror-like single stage topcoat is specifically tailored for use with the AkzoNobel toners, meaning more colours quickly with new, exciting colour tools to choose your colour faster.
It outshines other topcoats with its glossy finish and excellent Distinction of Image (DOI), while a high-performance polyurethane topcoat combines hardness and micro-scratch resistance with repairability. The new High Definition Technology (HDT) is specifically tailored for consistent application, unrivalled durability and exceptional colour retention.
Awlgrip HDT Clear Coat can be used with Awlcraft SE (Solid Colours & Effects), a revolutionary topcoat encompassing solid colours, metallics, pearls and effect pigments. Fast drying with excellent opacity, it’s designed to work as one layer of a multipart system.
Awlgrip SE (Solid Colours & Effects)
Awlcraft SE imparts the colour and effect and is then top coated with a clear, high-gloss finish topcoat to give gloss and protection. This combination forms a high-performance, high-gloss, durable and repairable topcoat system.
Available for new custom or production builds and for refits, the Awlcraft SE range offers owners a great choice from thousands of colours, as well as custom colours to match any colour imaginable, while offering a fast-drying formulation allowing multiple coats to be applied within a day, so reducing overall work time.
INTERNATIONAL MICRON® RANGE
Formed in 1881, International has been protecting hulls across the globe for generations, remaining at the forefront of research into innovative coatings technology. By leveraging these decades of research and hands-on knowledge, International has created a leading defence against all kinds of fouling organisms – the Micron® range.
International Micron One
While competing antifoulings may rely on higher levels of traditional antifouling ingredients to provide antifouling protection, Micron antifoulings make use of an advanced copolymer resin matrix to achieve equal and greater results, with proven long-term advantages. This technology maximises the efficient release of antifouling ingredients via a controlled polishing process.
The result is consistent performance across an extended duration, while also preventing the accumulation of used-up paint, producing a smoother hull with reduced friction that eliminates the need for sanding between applications. This allows boaters to experience fuel savings and reduced emissions with Micron antifoulings.
International Micron 99
For premium Super Yacht antifouling protection, Micron 99 deploys an advanced Self Polishing Copolymer (SPC) film matrix combined with Biolux® technology. This high-solid formula reduces VOC emissions, requires fewer coats and boosts long-term performance, allowing consistent release of antifouling ingredients even while stationary. Micron 99 is designed for professional application and is suitable for all waters, making it increasingly popular among captains worldwide.
Micron One is easy to apply for both DIYers and professionals, providing solid protection in heavy fouling areas for up to 18 months. A replacement product for the Awlcraft Antifouling, Micron One is an established, traditional ablative antifouling formula which utilises
Micron resin technology to effectively deliver antifouling protection and reduce the paint build-up by wearing away in use. Easy to recoat, it’s suitable for use on fibreglass, epoxy, timber and steel substrates, and can be applied directly over a wide range of existing antifouling and International primer types, making it the product of choice for owners of smaller pleasure boats looking for a simple, cost-effective solution.
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