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Glidecoat is a nano-coating that was first developed by NASA nearly 20 years ago to protect their equipment during space travel. Glidecoat has leveraged this original technology to create a range of high-performance coating that are designed for a variety of uses.
What are NANO COATINGS ?
A SMART SURFACE SCIENCE
At Glidecoat, they have been focused on the development of smart surface science solutions for several years.
Over that time they have worked with various companies within the Nano technology coatings market as well as our own chemists and have developed a variety of coatings, which leverage this technology across running gear, gel coat, metal surfaces, aluminum, PVC, fiberglass and numerous other substrates.
Nano particles chemically bond with the paint surface to form a layer of protection against the elements and making it easier to clean.
WHAT IS A NANOTECHNOLOGY?
Nanotechnology is science, engineering, and technology conducted at the nanoscale, which is about 1 to 100 nanometers.
There are 25,400,000 nanometers in an inch and a human hair is approximately 80,000-100,000 nanometers wide.
On a comparative scale, if the diameter of a marble was one nanometer, then the diameter of the Earth would be about one meter.
Nanoscience and nanotechnology involve the ability to see and to control individual atoms and molecules. Everything on Earth is made up of atoms—the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the buildings and houses we live in, and our own bodies.
But something as small as an atom is impossible to see with the naked eye. In fact, it’s impossible to see with the microscopes typically used in a high school science classes. The microscopes needed to see things at the nanoscale were invented relatively recently—about 30 years ago.
Once scientists had the right tools, such as the scanning tunneling microscope (STM) and the atomic force microscope (AFM), the age of nanotechnology was born.
Although modern nanoscience and nanotechnology are quite new, nanoscale materials were used for centuries. Alternate-sized gold and silver particles created colors in the stained glass windows of medieval churches hundreds of years ago. The artists back then just didn’t know that the process they used to create these beautiful works of art actually led to changes in the composition of the materials they were working with.
Today’s scientists and engineers are finding a wide variety of ways to deliberately make materials at the nanoscale to take advantage of their enhanced properties such as higher strength, lighter weight, increased control of light spectrum, and greater chemical reactivity.
Nanoscale materials have far larger surface areas than similar masses of larger-scale materials. As surface area per mass of a material increases, a greater amount of the material can come into contact with surrounding materials, thus affecting reactivity.
Structures and properties of materials can be improved through the nano processes. Such nanomaterials can be stronger, lighter, more durable, water-repellent, anti-reflective, self-cleaning, ultraviolet- or infrared-resistant, antifog, antimicrobial, scratch-resistant, or electrically conductive, among other traits.
By taking advantage of these properties, today’s nanotechnology-enabled products range from baseball bats and tennis rackets to catalysts for refining crude oil and ultrasensitive detection and identification of biological and chemical toxins.
In Glidecoat’s case we have used this technology to develop some of the most advanced coatings in the market, specific to the harsh and demanding environments of the Marine Market.
*individual results may vary depending upon the initial condition of the surface being treated.
|Glidecoat has become the leader in the next generation of top coating protection by using state-of-the-art materials and science. They have engineered a range of professionally applied products that utilize smart surface nano-technology.
|Prop Optimizer is the next generation of anti-fouling coating for your running gear and propeller. Our nano-technology creates a surface that is so smooth that barnacles and other marine organisms cannot grow on them.
|Today’s PVC or CSM (Hypalon) inflatables have many advantages but require a unique approach to protection and maintenance because of the materials they are made of Glidecoat Inflatable is specifically formulated for these applications.
|If you own a new boat or an older one, maintenance is a key area that you need to constantly focus on. This is why Glidecoat has developed a series of superior products that can help you address every maintenance challenge.
Climatic conditions have proven to be very harsh on today’s yachts, boats, and watercraft. High UV levels, acid rain, dirt and salt in the air require an almost endless amount of maintenance. All boats on the water employ marine gel coat or paint, polished metal, fabrics and canvas, all of which suffer from corrosion and damage caused by salt, dirt, and UV rays.
There have been many advances in marine technology like joystick docking, night vision, and chartogrophy along with many others. However the way we maintain our boat has not changed at all. We still use wax to protect against UV damage and maintain the overall appearance. Wax being a soft material is easily broken down by the sun, salt, and dirt. It also does not completely stop the UV rays from breaking down the gel coat or paint and damaging them. Depending on your geographic location you could have to wax your boat every three months to maintain not only the appearance but also to stop UV damage from making the surface chalky or crazed. White areas show the damage less but today’s styles utilize many colors. Color fading can increase the need for frequent waxing and regular maintenance to keep its fresh appearance.
A boat goes through many stages in its life cycle. Periods of constant maintenance mixed with periods of heavy usage and periods of little or no use at all. Through its life cycle the gel coat and paint will be constantly dealing with the elements. Every time the gel coat or paint gets chalky buffing and waxing is done to return its luster and shine. Doing that however is slowly breaking down the layers of gel coat or paint. This makes for the eventual need to go down the costly road of repainting. Here at Glidecoat we have discovered a better way.
A BETTER WAY
Glidecoat has become the leader in the next generation of Professional Top Coating protection by using state of the art materials and science. We have engineered a range of products that utilize Smart Surface Technology. Now not just creating a great luster and shine but also making the surface more functional. Glidecoat uses Nano technology and state of the art polymers to fill in the microscopic pores and scratches on surfaces like marine Gel coat, marine paint, and polished metal like stainless steel and brass. This makes the surface hydrophobic and super smooth. Now contaminates like dirt, salt, and fish blood can be rinsed away because they are not being absorbed into the surface. They are actually sitting on top of it.
Glidecoat, as opposed to other coatings on the market is actually a hard coating unlike wax and other polishes. A Glidecoated surface is diamond hard creating a barrier that, depending on your location and climate, will last for many years. The hard polymer coating also reflects UV rays instead of dampening them like wax making for maximum protection. Glidecoat’s Liquid Crystal coating restores the luster and shine to better-then-new condition. As the Liquid Crystal absorbs into the pores it restores the color pigment to its original color.
Now you can restore dark and light colors that are chalky and have been faded from the sun to a richer, deeper color.
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