In the lead up to METSTRADE and The Superyacht Forum, AkzoNobel’s Awlgrip brand has revealed details of an innovative new high-performance filler, which is set to provide an array of benefits to the yacht coatings market. Named Awlfair SF, the new filler technology has been described as ‘revolutionary’, due to its ‘easy application’ and ‘superior aesthetics’.

“We’re thrilled to introduce Awlfair SF to the yacht coatings market,” said Bilal Salahuddin, Yacht Coatings Director at AkzoNobel. “This is a true step change in the coatings industry and can open multiple opportunities to boost productivity for our customers. Awlfair SF is not only quick and easy to apply but delivers the outstanding quality you’ve come to expect from Awlgrip.”

“We’re thrilled to introduce Awlfair SF to the yacht coatings market. This is a true step change in the coatings industry and can open multiple opportunities to boost productivity for our customers.

- Bilal Salahuddin, Yacht Coatings Director, AkzoNobel.

Being applied by pressurised airless spray rather than hand application, AkzoNobel has highlighted that Awlfair SF allows for wet-on-wet application, as well as the application of up to two coatings per day without the need for sanding between coats. Through the use of a specified spraying machine, Awlfair SF can be applied at an estimated rate of five liters per minute. AkzoNobel has confirmed that the new superyacht filler is perfect for fairing, levelling or smoothing surface imperfections.

The formulation of Awlfair SF gives flexibility and robustness, strengthening the integrity of the yacht paint system, while spray application eliminates air pockets during application, resulting in reduced reworking and improved aesthetics.

Spray application eliminates air pockets during application, resulting in reduced reworking and improved aesthetics.

“For over 45 years, the Awlgrip brand has held a reputation of universal trust and respect in the yachting world,” added Salahuddin. “This reputation is built on the spirit of continuous innovation, and the ethos that a ‘good’ finish just isn’t good enough. That’s why AkzoNobel – the technical expertise behind the Awlgrip brand – has leveraged its full capabilities to bring yacht coatings to the next level and is proud to present Awlfair SF, alongside a number of other new innovations in the field of yacht coatings, at METSTRADE 2019.”

During The Superyacht Forum, in association with METSTRADE, taking place from 18th – 20th November, we will be exploring the future of paint and what we can do better in the superyacht industry. Learning lessons from aerospace, the application, protection and maintenance of coatings will be explored as a major part of superyacht operations.

Awlgrip is a confirmed partner of The Superyacht Forum; details of the company’s involvement in the event will be revealed in due course. To sign up, click here!


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