AkzoNobel launches Awlgrip single-stage topcoat

AMSTERDAM – The Dutch paints and coatings multinational AkzoNobel has launched Awlgrip HDT (High Definition Technology), a new single-stage repairable topcoat.

The company calls it “a high performance, mirror-like single-stage coating” which allows owners to protect their boat with a long-lasting finish without sacrificing convenience.

“Awlgrip HDT will give yacht owners a longer lasting and easier to maintain finish,” says Jean Michel Gauthier, AkzoNobel’s Global Business Director for Marine, Protective and Yacht Coatings for Yacht. “It’s another tool in the ‘box of paint tools’ which has been specifically tailored for consistent application, reparability and exceptional color retention.”

Gauthier says Awlgrip HDT was tested in the last edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, an event that has since been renamed The Ocean Race. Awlgrip HDT combines the functionality of a hard, durable finish (Awlgrip topcoat) and a slightly softer, repairable finish (Awlcraft 2000).

AkzoNobel says it contains lower VOCs (volatile organic compounds) than traditional topcoats. Awlgrip HDT can be supplied in any color through AkzoNobel’s Awlmix centers or can be selected online at www.mixitcloud.com.

Available now in North America and Europe, the launch of the new Awlgrip product follows on from last October’s introduction of Awlgrip HDT polyurethane clearcoat, which can be used over the full range of Awlcraft SE basecoats.