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Sir David Attenborough's Protective Coating

Updated: Jan 15, 2021

On Saturday the 14th July, Sir David Attenborough launched a ship which bears his name, this began the research expedition of the Antarctica. The two-hundred-million-pound polar vessel was constructed at Cammell Laird’s Birkhenhead shipyard. Cammell Laird required protection from the elements to prevent rust and damage throughout the build, this also required being of similar colour to the rest of the ship to be aesthetically pleasing for the launch.

Cammell Laird required a temporary, protective coating, which could be easily removed at the end of the build. Cammell Laird worked with Spraylat to find the right product that would prevent abrasions and rusting, Spraylat were also able to colour match their Protectapeel protective coating to match the rest of the polar ship to ensure was the coating was both practical and aesthetically pleasing. Protectapeel is a liquid applied temporary peelable coating which dries to form a tough film with skin tight adhesion. This can protect for up to twelve months. Protectapeel’s skin tight adhesion means that the research vessel would not suffer rusting, dirt or damage on the protected areas.

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Using airless spray guns, the team at Cammell Laird were able to quickly apply the temporary protective coating so it was ready for the launch. The vessel’s top half was coated in Protectapeel and when required the coating was peeled away by hand to reveal a clean, protected surface that had no rust, damage or dirt.

Cammell Laird ship manager, Andrew Blakeborough described Protectapeel as “very easy to apply with airless spray machines”. On the performance of the coating Andrew also noted the coating has a “good glossy finish”. It was also mentioned by Andrew that the temporary coating had “good adherence and we have found that it peels off relatively easy”.

Spraylat have been manufacturing peelable coatings for over 26 years, we continue to innovate and find coatings to benefit our customer whatever their needs. Spraylat supply Protectapeel, their water-based peelable coating, to a variety of sectors and continue to find new uses on site and in factories for their surface protection. Spraylat have a wide range of products which have been designed to suit the many needs of surface protection.


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