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MARINE ANTI-FOUL

Lustre FX Antifoul at the forefront of keeping your vessel in the water in its peek condition

 

 

A DIY product - available for customer purchase

 

LUSTRE-ANTIFOUL uses a number of methods to keep your precious vessel in top condition up to 10+ years guaranteed. Designed to work specifically in conjunction with natural copper and the abrasion of sea water - combined with our proprietary LUSTRE-ANTIMICROBIAL formulas our LUSTRE-ANTIFOUL is unlike any antifouling system on the market.

 

WHAT IS LUSTRE-ANTIMICROBIAL?
An antimicrobial is a substance that kills or inhibits the growth of microorganisms; such as bacteria, fungi or protozoans.  Antimicrobial either kill microbes (microbiocidal) or prevent the growth of microbes (microbiostatic).  Disinfectants are antimicrobial substances used on non-living objects or outside the body.

 

WHAT IS THE LIFESPAN OF LUSTRE-ANTIFOUL?
The life of LUSTRE-ANTIFOUL depends on a variety of factors such as water temperature and salinity. However, typically in Northern Europe one should expect effective performance for at least 10 years, whereas in the Caribbean, 8 to 10 years would be more normal. With an average thickness of 250 microns of LUSTRE-ANTIFOUL being applied in a treatment, and a typical corrosion rate of less than 5 microns per year, it is easy to appreciate how this coating offers such long lasting and effective protection.

 

IS LUSTRE-ANTIFOUL EXPENSIVE WHEN COMPARED TO TRADITIONAL ANTI-FOULS?
No! Applying LUSTRE-ANTIFOUL is possibly the most cost-effective way to protect a submersed surface from marine growth. Over the treatments typical life of 10 years, the cost in product terms alone will commonly be only 15 to 30% of the product cost associated with conventional single-season anti-fouls (depending on which brand you use). This does not take into account additional items such as lift costs, storage fees, labour, inflation, etc. which make a LUSTRE-ANTIFOUL treatment even more financially attractive (why pay to have your boat ashore every year if you don’t need to?). When compared to using a standard anti-foul paint, customers with a LUSTRE-ANTIFOUL -treated boat will typically break even in year 2 and then enjoy many years of free anti-fouling protection.

 

HOW DOES LUSTRE-ANTIFOUL WORK?
LUSTRE-ANTIFOUL is the combination of a specially developed two-pack resin and 99% pure copper. Each litre of LUSTRE-ANTIFOUL contains 2kg of ultra fine copper powder, anti-microbial, the maximum allowed by law. On immersion, sea water attacks the exposed pure copper powder, causing the formation of cuprous oxide. This highly effective anti-fouling agent deters growth until the surface degrades further to become cupric hydrochloride. This final copper form is highly unstable, and is washed away by the movement of the yacht, thereby removing any accumulating silt or slime. This automatically reveals a fresh copper-rich surface whereby the process recommences.

 

CAN LUSTRE-ANTIFOUL BE APPLIED TO ALL TYPES OF BOATS?
Yes. LUSTRE-ANTIFOUL can be successfully applied to virtually all craft including outboard and stern driven boats, irrespective of their size and usage, hence is sold to both the commercial and leisure sectors. LUSTRE-ANTIFOUL is also supplied to underwater structures such as tide-powered turbines.

 

HOW IS LUSTRE-ANTIFOUL APPLIED AND WHAT TOOLS ARE NEEDED?
Specifically designed to be user friendly, this coating should be mixed thoroughly, one unit at a time, and simply applied to the prepared surface by roller or spray. For application by roller, short pile (simulated mohair) sleeves should be used, although some high quality foam rollers are also suitable. For application by spray a conventional air-fed (not airless) system should be used. A complete treatment is usually achieved within four thin coats, applied ‘wet on tacky’ in a single day.

 

DOES LUSTRE-ANTIFOUL CAUSE ANY PROBLEMS WITH REGARDS TO ELECTROLYTIC/GALVANIC ACTION?
No. With the resin carrier insulating each copper sphere, the final coating is inert and non-conductive. A current cannot pass through LUSTRE-ANTIFOUL and this coating does not cause or promote electrolysis or cathodic decay. Consequently LUSTRE-ANTIFOUL can be safely applied to metal structures such as iron keels and steel or aluminium craft (after the application of an appropriate primer).

WHAT COLOUR IS LUSTRE-ANTIFOUL ?
Freshly applied LUSTRE-ANTIFOUL dries to a rich copper brown. After immersion LUSTRE-ANTIFOUL oxidises to a dark, verdigris green colour. This colour change commonly takes several months, depending on water conditions. Because of the sheer quantity of pure copper in LUSTRE-ANTIFOUL, it is not possible to produce the coating in any other colours.

 

DOES LUSTRE-ANTIFOUL PROTECT AGAINST OSMOSIS?
The inherent waterproofing qualities of the resin ensure that a treatment of LUSTRE-ANTIFOUL will help prevent osmosis in GRP craft and offer extra protection against corrosion in steel vessels. However for an even greater degree of protection, additional anti-osmosis resin can be applied as an undercoat.

 

CAN LUSTRE-ANTIFOUL BE APPLIED ON TOP OF EPOXY BARRIER COATINGS?
Yes.  LUSTRE-ANTIFOUL is also compatible with most other epoxy-based products commonly used for osmosis protection and corrosion prevention.

 

HOW DO I REPAIR A DAMAGED HULL TREATED WITH LUSTRE-ANTIFOUL ?
LUSTRE-ANTIFOUL is the toughest and most abrasion resistant anti-foul available and therefore is extremely durable. However, in the event that the coating is damaged it can be simply touched-up.

 

HOW LONG DOES LUSTRE-ANTIFOUL TAKE TO APPLY?
A treatment of LUSTRE-ANTIFOUL is typically applied in one day, with the multiple coats being applied wet on tacky.

 

WHAT MAINTENANCE IS NECESSARY?
Correctly applied LUSTRE-ANTIFOUL will continue to deter marine fouling for many years. The annual chore of repainting associated with conventional anti-fouling is no longer necessary. If, over the months, a slight accumulation of slime does appear, this can be removed by pressure washing or brushing. An annual wash or brush is recommended. Eventually, usually after several years, the surface may benefit from being lightly abraded with a fine grade of “wet and dry” paper or a burnishing pad to expose fresh copper.

 

IS ANY SPECIAL CARE NEEDED WHEN LIFTING A LUSTRE-ANTIFOUL -TREATED BOAT?
No. Unlike most other anti-fouls LUSTRE-ANTIFOUL is a permanent, highly abrasion resistant coating and therefore merely lifting will not cause any damage to the coating.

 

IS LUSTRE-ANTIFOUL SUITABLE FOR USE ON A RACING YACHT?
Yes. As LUSTRE-ANTIFOUL is a blend of pure copper powder and two-pack resin, the coating is both strong and water-proof. After application the coating can be burnished to give a very smooth racing finish, which (as the coating is non-absorbent) is the equivalent of dry-sailing a boat but with the advantage of anti-fouling protection allowing the boat to be kept afloat.

 

WILL THE SMOOTH LUSTRE-ANTIFOUL SURFACE MAKE MY BOAT GO FASTER?
Yes. The smooth surface provided by LUSTRE-ANTIFOUL helps any boat to perform to its’ full potential. While traditional anti-fouls absorb moisture and become rough over time, LUSTRE-ANTIFOUL retains its’ impermeable and smooth surface.

IS LUSTRE-ANTIFOUL SUITABLE FOR TRAILER SAILORS/LIFTING KEELS AND DRY MOORINGS?
Yes. LUSTRE-ANTIFOUL is a permanent coating and therefore unlike traditional anti-fouls, is not affected by drying out. LUSTRE-ANTIFOUL is the perfect choice for dry moorings and tailored boats as it is highly abrasion resistant.

 

HOW ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY IS LUSTRE-ANTIFOUL ?
Classified as non-leaching, this highly effective coating is considerably kinder to the environment than conventional self-eroding anti-fouls.