FGCI Product Spotlight: Tuff Coat

ftl-demo-boat-5Every once in awhile, we get really excited about a product or product line we bring in. To say we were giddy with our latest product line would be an understatement. With that, let’s talk about Tuff Coat!

So, you may be wondering ‘what is Tuff Coat?’ Tuff Coat is a rubberized non-skid coating you can apply to many different surfaces from concrete to fiberglass, even aluminum. Instead of the other non-skids that wear off quickly, or are really hard on your feet, this product is extremely durable, and the rubber makes walking on it very easy.

Now that you are thinking that it sounds like fun, it’s time to talk about the application. Applying Tuff Coat is actually very easy!

 

Step 1: Surface prep. You will want to scrub your surface with soap and water to remove and dirt and grease. The folks at Tuff Coat say the product is only as good as the surface it adheres to, so make sure it’s cleaned. If you are applying to concrete, use a concrete cleaner like ZEP or Simple Green. Make sure you don’t use a solvent, as that can leave a residue.

Step 2: Primer Application. Tuff Coat offers two kinds of primers. The first is the CP-10, which is a 1:1 epoxy primer. This is mixed in equal volumes with a drill mixer and mixed for 2-3 minutes. It is recommended you roll it on with a 3/8″ nap roller or paint brush. You have a pot time of 90 minutes, so make sure you only make what you can spread. This product will be ready to go in 6 to 48 hours, depending on how hot it is and how humid it is.

The other primer is the MP-10 Water based Metal Primer. This is good for any metal application and is a single-stage mix. Again, you will want to stir with a drill mixer and apply the same way. This product is ready to go in 1-4 hours depending on the temperature and humidity.

Step 3: Apply your Tuff Coat. Once you choose which color you want (they have quite a few) it’s time to apply the Tuff Coat. You need to mix with a drill mixer in a bucket, slowly moving down from the top. You may need to mix several times to keep the rubber suspended in the material. When it’s time to apply the product, apply with a Tuff Coat specific roller (it’s the only way to properly distribute the rubber coating) and apply with 2-3 coats, applying at right angles with each coat to ensure a proper covering. The product can also be sprayed with certain sprayers for larger applications.

It’s that easy! Below we have some pictures of a demo boat we did, and I also included a great how-to video that shows how it’s done. And with all of our products, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to e-mail us, Facebook us, send us a Tweet, or give us a call at 1-800-272-7890 and we will be happy to answer your questions.

 

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Product Spotlight: SeaHawk

 

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With different products and colors, we have everything you may need.

For our latest product spotlight, we are talking about Sea Hawk. We carry several items from the Florida manufacturer including antifoulant bottom paint and epoxy. So, let’s take a look at another way we have you covered.

 

Bottom Paint Primer – A necessity before painting the bottom of your boat.

Tuff Stuff – Provides a superior protection against water penetration. Low VOC, high-build means less coatings, and reduced labor.

shawkacon 137385Bottom Paint Primer 1277 – Used for coating over previously painted copper-based antifoulants. If you don’t want to take off your previous bottom paint, this is a great primer for you.

Shawkocon – A great general purpose primer, this is recommended for when you aren’t sure what is on the bottom of your boat. It will adhere to just about anything and make applying a new coat very easy.

Antifouling bottom paints – These paints come in several colors, from black to blue, red, and green, we have a product that will work for your boat.

Af-33 It’s a “multi-season formula” that is good for commercial vessels or daysailers that’s meant to last several seasons before new coats are applied.

Cukote – A high-performance, self-polishing bottom paint that will keep the bottom of your boat smooth and clean, this product is great for boats that can’t sacrifice speed and durability.

biocop 137409BioCop TF – The maximum protection bottom paint is a harder, self-polishing ablative antifoulant that will give you the most time for your coating. It’s great for saltwater and freshwater and is Lloyd’s Registry approved. This is the latest in bottom paint technology.

Tropikote – For an antifoulant with a high copper content (75.8%), this is what you are looking for. It’s a more conventional multi-season bottom paint. It’s great for fiberglass, wood and steel hulls, so you can use it anywhere.

Talon – A great, inexpensive bottom paint that is copper based and great for single-season coatings.

Smart Solution – Metal-free and extremely environmentally friendly, this coating reacts to water and creates a slick film that encapsulates the hull, making for a fast coat with great longevity.

Cleaners –

Wax N Grease Killer Great for removing the wax from a new hull before applying any antifoulant, this will do a great job of getting your new boat ready for some paint.

So, now you know where to go for bottom paints and everything from the bottom up to maintain your boat.

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