The gelcoats that can impart special effects such as a metallic or pearlescent finish to composite parts.
The gelcoats that can impart special effects such as a metallic or pearlescent finish to composite parts.

Dilutec, a Brazilian gelcoat manufacturer has developed a range of gelcoats that can impart special effects such as a metallic or pearlescent finish to composite parts.

Colorgel Effect is suitable for manufacturers of boats, pools, sinks and bathtubs, among other products.

‘We researched the pigments that were most compatible with our gelcoats, then we produced some lots and started the tests,’ said Marcos Brambilla, technical manager of Dilutec. ‘We achieved excellent results, not only in terms of aesthetics, but also chemical resistance,’ he said.

For more chemically aggressive applications, such as those in contact with water, Colorgel Effect is supplied with isophtalic resin with NPG. For less complex environments, the company uses a formulation with orthophthalic resins.

The silver and black shades are available on the market now and within a month, Dilutec will release other shades, the company says.

This story is reprinted from material from Dilutecwith editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.