Ecospeed® is the only homogenous coating providing hull protection and has mechanical antifouling properties. It consists of large glass-platelets suspended in a reinforced but resilient vinyl ester resin. Glass is a natural barrier to water and is often used for this purpose. In glass flake lining technology, this important property has been utilized by incorporating glass flakes into a matrix of tough carrier resins. These, when applied in the form of a liquid coating, cure to create tough, glass-like products which form a powerful bond with a host of diverse substrates. This proven industrial utilization has also been adapted for marine use. Icebreaker strength coatings are a typical example.
Ecospeed® uses glass platelets specially designed to resist water ingress in the marine environment. After the curing process is complete and the vessel re-floated, it is conditioned to an exceptionally smooth finish. The hull roughness, unlike other coatings is brought down to a figure of less than 20 microns. Thus providing a more efficient hull and hence substantial fuel savings.