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SPECIALIST COATINGS ADDING UV-RESISTANT


COLOURFAST COATING TO THE MIX Formulated to meet increasing demand for a hard coating capable of withstanding


Ultraviolet (UV) radiation, Ecolast offers a high level of corrosion and abrasion protection while completely preserving the colour of the original coating


“Regular coatings will quickly lose their original colour when exposed to the ultraviolet radiation present in sunlight. This is problematic when colourfastness is required, such as in the offshore windfarm sector,” explained Subsea Industries’ Executive Director Boud Van Rompay.


While Ecolast provides lasting colourfast protection to any application, the offshore wind segment is a primary market for Subsea Industries, given that the bottom part of the wind turbine tower is painted in the same regulatory yellow for safety purposes.


IMPORTANCE Boud added: “It is essential that the coating used does not change colour. Often an extra layer of polyurethane is applied to preserve the colour. This additional layer is, however, not abrasive resistant and only a temporary fix. A more permanent and less cumbersome solution is Ecolast.”


RAPID INDUSTRY GROWTH Subsea Industries’ Production Executive and NACE Coatings Inspector, Manuel Hof further explained: “The number of global offshore windfarm


projects entering the construction phase is rapidly growing. If these new installations are coated with Ecolast now, they will be protected against salt, ultraviolet radiation, waves, even ice. Mechanical damage to the coated surface is minimised. This is especially important for (semi-)submerged structures like wind turbines that are located in splash or tidal zones.


“Ecolast will keep its colour because it is highly ultraviolet resistant. Ecolast is completely impervious to abrasion


and corrosion. As a result no repaint is required once the coating has been applied, safeguarding the colour and the integrity of the structure or vessel, while negating costly recoats and substrate preparation work.”


Application of Ecolast is done in two homogenous layers, with no need for primer or any other extra layer. This makes the application very fast and easy to adapt to the schedule of a yard.


Subsea Industries


www.wavetidalenergynetwork.co.uk


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