Maxguard™ gelcoats

 

A gelcoat is an in-mold coating used in fiber-reinforced plastics and cast polymers. Ashland’s premium Maxguard gelcoats provide superior performance in critical use environments with the added value of high protection in combination with outstanding cosmetics and exceptional in-process application properties.

Maxguard gelcoats meet the toughest requirements set by classification societies such as Lloyd’s Register of Shipping, Det Norske Veritas and ANSI.  Several Maxguard gelcoat products are available through Ashland’s unique auto-adjust Instint™ color tinting service.

 

Maxguard™  NRP white gelcoats deliver the highest weatherability and blister resistance in a low HAP marine performance white on the market while retaining the high ease of use attributes the industry has come to expect from Ashland's gelcoats.

Maxguard™ NCP color gelcoats have gained a reputation in the industry for delivering the best balance of properties in a high performance low HAP marine gelcoat.  Not only do the Maxguard NCP colors have great gloss, color, and blush performance, but they are also easy to repair and easy to use.

Maxguard™ NRX white gelcoats deliver the unique combination of the highest flexibility performance along with exceptional weathering. Built for demanding applications, Maxguard NRX delivers these attributes in an easy to spray formula.

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Application Information

Applications

Description

Benefits

Cultured Marble and Onyx

Ashland offers a variety of superior performance marble and spray granite gelcoats. The Maxguard clear gelcoats exhibit some of the best brilliance, non-yellowing, high thermal cycling, and application-friendly performance in the industry. These gelcoats can be low HAP and meet the applicable ANSI standards.

  • High clarity
  • Exceptional thermal cycling
  • Reduced in-box yellowing
  • Excellent flow and leveling
  • Low VOC/HAP
Mass Transit
Maxguard gelcoats are available to custom-fit a variety of mass-transit, train and RV panel applications with the required durability, superior yellowing , low VOC or fire retardancy.

● Durability 
● Superior yellowing 
● Low VOC 
● Fire retardant

RV

Maxguard gelcoats are available to custom-fit a variety of mass-transit, train and RV panel applications with the required durability, superior yellowing , low VOC or fire retardancy.

  • Durability
  • Superior yellowing
  • Low VOC
  • Fire retardant
Recreational Marine

Ashland’s patented low emission (LE) technology continues to deliver the enduring luster and finish expected from leading boat builders world-wide. Ashland’s innovations continue to build our suite of gelcoat products, pushing gelcoat technology and performance to new levels. From the proven performance of Maxguard NP (LE) and the innovations of the patent-pending Maxguard NCP high weathering blush resistant Colors, Maxguard NRP super-weathering white and NRX high flexibility weatherable white gelcoats, Ashland continues to set the bar for marine performance gelcoats.

  • Unsurpassed weathering/UV resistance
  • Excellent yellowing and blistering resistance
  • Minimal shrinkage
  • Good transfer efficiency when spraying and easy application
  • Exceptional blush resistance
  • Best-in-class flexibility combined with premium weatherability
Solid Surface

Ashland offers a variety of superior performance marble and spray granite gelcoats. The Maxguard clear gelcoats exhibit some of the best brilliance, non-yellowing, high thermal cycling, and application-friendly performance in the industry. These gelcoats can be low HAP and meet the applicable ANSI standards.

  • High clarity
  • Exceptional thermal cycling
  • Reduced in-box yellowing
  • Excellent flow and leveling
  • Low VOC/HAP
Swimming Pools

Maxguard gelcoats are an integral part of a durable and beautiful surface. In combination with the AME VPRO barrier coat, exceptional color retention, yellowing and blister resistance can be achieved.

  • Excellent UV resistance
  • Low VOC/HAP
  • Blister resistance
  • Color retention
  • Excellent application properties
Wind Energy

Ashland’s Maxguard gelcoats for blade applications are durable, proven technologies with good mechanical properties and high-performance weathering. These gelcoats are easy to handle in the shop. Ashland’s patented (LE) technology is available for wind applications as well.

Products available with: 

  • High weatherability
  • Good mechanical properties
  • Excellent application properties
  • Low VOC/HAP

Document Library

Services

Resins and gelcoat technical & analytical services

Ashland’s global technology team includes skilled scientists, chemists, engineers and researchers who formulate specialty polymer products. With extensive experience in processes such as hand lay-up, spray-up and closed molding processes such as infusion, resin transfer molding, sheet molding compound, bulk molding compound, pultrusion and cured-in-place pipe, our development team can simulate the manufacturing environment in our world -class facility. This team then applies its specialty chemical expertise to customize polymers that enhance customers’ specific application needs. The team also offers chromatography, spectroscopy, microscopy, spectrometry, thermal analysis and mechanical testing services that validate and verify applications of its products to ensure quality control and safety.

 


Instint™ color tinting service

Ashland’s Instint color tinting service is a unique in-can tinting system for gelcoats widely recognized as the benchmark gelcoat tinting system in more than 25 countries across the globe.

The Instint color tinting service accurately dispenses colorants and adjusts geltimes with Ashland’s patented auto-adjust pastes. The Instint color tinting service offers more than 1,000 pre-programmed colors immediately available in several geltime ranges.

Distributors installing an Instint color tinting service unit will see the following benefits to their customers and business:

● Faster response time 
● Better service to customers 
● Lower freight costs per can of gelcoat 
● Decreased storage level
● Lower inventory costs 
● Wide color selection 
● Reproducible color 
● The benefits of Ashland’s highly regarded Maxguard™ and Enguard™  gelcoats


Market Information

Markets

Application

Product Types or Functions

Building and Construction
Cultured Marble and Onyx, Solid Surface, Swimming Pools
Gelcoat
Energy
Wind Energy
Gelcoat
Marine
Recreational Marine
Gelcoat
Transportation
Mass Transit, RV
Gelcoat