ODG Composites LLC (Saginaw, Texas, U.S.) has launched Element Xtreme Coatings, a specialty in-mold coating designed for exterior durability, flexibility and adhesion when applied to infused, epoxy-based composite parts.
According to Russ Emanis, founder of ODG Composites, traditional gel coats applied for parts can account for 15-25% of the total part weight depending on part size. Element Xtreme, sprayed directly into the mold prior to infusion and cure, is said to save weight by up to 50% compared to gel coats. Less coating is required due to the hardness of Element Xtreme.
Available in a wide range of colors, the product has been developed for simple application, fast cure, and a Class A finish directly from the mold. Element Xtreme is formulated to last, offering long-term protection in moderate to severe environments; resistance to fresh water, saltwater, and many chemicals and fumes; and abrasion and moisture resistance.
Element Xtreme Coatings can be applied to any epoxy-infused composite parts in a variety of industrial and commercial end markets, with high utility in the marine industry including fishing kayaks and boat components.
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