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Silic One ‚ÄĒ the most effective solution against fouling

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Silic One

Silic One ‚ÄĒ Fouling Release System

Dis¬≠cov¬≠er Hempel‚Äôs lat¬≠est inno¬≠va¬≠tion and tech¬≠no¬≠log¬≠i¬≠cal excel¬≠lence ‚ÄĒ the new sil¬≠i¬≠cone-based Sil¬≠ic One Foul¬≠ing Release Sys¬≠tem!

This fan¬≠tas¬≠tic, bio¬≠cide-free sil¬≠i¬≠cone and hydro¬≠gel-based prod¬≠uct imparts water-like prop¬≠er¬≠ties to the coat¬≠ing sur¬≠face. This makes it hard¬≠er for foul¬≠ing organ¬≠isms to set¬≠tle on the hull and fall off faster when the boat is in motion.

What is a Fouling Release System?

  • Under¬≠wa¬≠ter coat¬≠ing to pre¬≠vent fouling
  • Cre¬≠ates a non-stick surface
  • Cop¬≠per-free

What is Hydrogel?

Hydro­gel is based on unique, non-reac­tive poly­mers that are added to the coat­ing and form an invis­i­ble pro­tec­tive lay­er between the hull sur­face and the water. Foul­ing organ­isms per­ceive the hull as a liq­uid and are there­fore much less like­ly to adhere.

Structure of the hydrogel after removal

The poly¬≠mers respon¬≠si¬≠ble for the for¬≠ma¬≠tion of hydro¬≠gel are even¬≠ly dis¬≠trib¬≠uted in the coat¬≠ing. When the orig¬≠i¬≠nal hydro¬≠gel is removed, a new hydro¬≠gel lay¬≠er forms imme¬≠di¬≠ate¬≠ly when the poly¬≠mer respon¬≠si¬≠ble for hydro¬≠gel for¬≠ma¬≠tion comes into con¬≠tact with water.

 Antifoul¬≠ingSil¬≠i¬≠cone Foul¬≠ing Release
How it worksAntifoul¬≠ing (foul¬≠ing pre¬≠ven¬≠tion) works by the con¬≠trolled release of bio¬≠cides that pre¬≠vent foul¬≠ing organ¬≠isms from adher¬≠ing to the boat. Upon con¬≠tact with water, the top antifoul¬≠ing lay¬≠er acti¬≠vates and the bio¬≠cides it con¬≠tains are con¬≠tin¬≠u¬≠ous¬≠ly released.Unlike antifoul¬≠ing, the Foul¬≠ing Release Sys¬≠tem does not use bio¬≠cides. This sil¬≠i¬≠cone and hydro¬≠gel-based prod¬≠uct imparts water-like prop¬≠er¬≠ties to the coat¬≠ing sur¬≠face. This means that foul¬≠ing organ¬≠isms can no longer set¬≠tle so eas¬≠i¬≠ly on the hull and fall off more quick¬≠ly when the boat is in motion.
Dif¬≠fer¬≠ence in costIn the first year, the cost of antifoul¬≠ing is low¬≠er com¬≠pared to the sil¬≠i¬≠cone-based foul¬≠ing release sys¬≠tem, but main¬≠te¬≠nance costs from the sec¬≠ond year onwards are higher.The Foul¬≠ing Release Sys¬≠tem is more expen¬≠sive in the first year, but you save on main¬≠te¬≠nance in the sec¬≠ond and third years. Sil¬≠ic One reduces fric¬≠tion and con¬≠se¬≠quent¬≠ly pro¬≠vides high¬≠er speed and fuel savings.
Types of boatsDepend¬≠ing on the type of boat build¬≠ing mate¬≠r¬≠i¬≠al and oth¬≠er fac¬≠tors, there are dif¬≠fer¬≠ent types of antifouling.The Foul¬≠ing Release Sys¬≠tem can be used for all boat¬≠build¬≠ing sub¬≠strates except wood. Some¬≠times more foul¬≠ing forms, some¬≠times less. The fre¬≠quen¬≠cy of use of the boat and sail¬≠ing speed play a deci¬≠sive role. Opti¬≠mum per¬≠for¬≠mance is there¬≠fore to be expect¬≠ed with motor boats.

Cleaning during the season

Hempel‚Äôs Sil¬≠ic One is very easy to clean. Sim¬≠ply clean the sur¬≠face with fresh water from a pres¬≠sure wash¬≠er. Alter¬≠na¬≠tive¬≠ly fine-pored they can also use a sponge or cloth and then rinse with a hose. Be care¬≠ful not to scratch the sur¬≠face when clean¬≠ing. On fast power¬≠boats, Hempel‚Äôs Sil¬≠ic One has a self-clean¬≠ing effect. On slow boats such as sail¬≠boats, the coat¬≠ing can be cleaned as often as desired/required to pro¬≠duce a per¬≠fect¬≠ly clean sur¬≠face with extreme¬≠ly low friction.

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Maintenance

The main¬≠te¬≠nance of Hempel‚Äôs Sil¬≠ic One is sim¬≠ple and easy. Main¬≠te¬≠nance costs are low¬≠er than for clas¬≠sic antifoul¬≠ing. To keep the paint build-up effec¬≠tive, a new top coat should be applied every oth¬≠er year. The Hempel‚Äôs Sil¬≠ic One build-up is more effi¬≠cient when the boat stays in the water. If the boat is used in areas with extreme envi¬≠ron¬≠men¬≠tal con¬≠di¬≠tions or is in dry dock for an extend¬≠ed peri¬≠od of time, a new deck coat may be required every year.

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