Compliance with UL 94 means that parts manufactured with Colorgel FR LE delay the propagation of flames. After removing the ignition source the surface stops burning, a requirement for applications in the transportation, industrial and energy sectors.
“The product is also environmentally friendly due to the low VOC emission rates, an attribute guaranteed by the high compatibility of the resin used in its formulation with styrene monomer,” says Marcos Brambilla, Technical Manager of Dilutec.
After polymerisation, Colorgel FR LE loses 0.66% of mass, versus 2.27% with a standard gel-coat, according to the tests performed by Newtech, a company accredited by the National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (Inmetro).
Dilutec took approximately two years to complete the development of Colorgel FR LE. It can be applied using a gel-coat machine and a spray gun or with a paint roller or brush, in the topcoat version.
Marcos Pannellini, Commercial Manager of Dilutec, estimates a monthly demand in Brazil of approximately 300 tons of gel-coat with the characteristics of Colorgel FR LE.
“This volume is currently supplied by imported products or home solutions, such as the addition of additives to common gelcoat made by composite processors themselves,” he says. “For this reason, we are very optimistic about the market’s reaction to our launch.”