Antifouling is the most common (and most important) painting job carried out by boat owners.
The type of antifouling you select should be tailored to the fouling challenges in your area and type of vessel and construction.
It is vital to protect your boat through antifouling as once fouling has a hold on your hull, it will rapidly colonize the surface, making it difficult to remove. Prevention is therefore much better than cure.
There are four key reasons fouling growth should be prevented:
• Safety: heavy fouling growth reduces responsiveness of the vessel as well as making it sit lower in the water. This can have serious implications in challenging weather conditions.
• Protection: prolonged fouling growth will damage the substrate of the hull. For example the natural glue organisms use to attach to the hull damages wood and fibreglass.
• Speed & Efficiency: fouling caused drag, which slows you down and increases fuel costs.
• Biosecurity; New Zealand's marine life and coastal environment is under threat from introduced marine plants and animals. When they establish outside their native locations, some marine organisms can cause irreversible damage in their new environment. For further information visit: www.biosecurity.govt.nz
Touch of Gloss is a licensed applicator of Propspeed™.
Propspeed™ is a non toxic coating to prevent fouling from bonding to metal surfaces below the waterline such as propellers, shafts, bow thrusters, rudders, trim tabs, skegs, keel coolers and strainers. Propspeed™ works because it is slick, not because it is toxic.
The application of Propspeed™ is a simple two step process beginning with a catalysed etch primer followed by a silicon based top coat. Propspeed™ is an environmentally safe product and does not contain copper, tin or any other toxic substances which may cause environmental pollution. Propspeed™ will not perform to satisfaction if, the vessel has an electrolysis issue or the coated surfaces come into contact with abrasives such as a sand bank.