Weather-resistant marine gelcoats

Ashland Performance Materials has introduced the MAXGUARD LCP series of gelcoats.

Ashland Performance Materials (Dublin, Ohio), a division of Ashland Inc., introduced at the International Boatbuilders Exposition (IBEX 2008) MAXGUARD NCP, a new series of gelcoats that reportedly deliver strong weathering performance. Ashland reports that comparison tests show that MAXGUARD NCP gelcoats retain their gloss longer than typical marine gelcoats. The manufacturer also says the gelcoats offer extended resistance against blistering when evaluated against other low hazardous air pollutant (HAP) gelcoats. The materials are compliant with maximum achievable control technology (MACT) limits under U.S. EPA regulations for boat manufacturing and exhibit the same crack-resistant properties that MAXGUARD gelcoats provide.