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.

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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

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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


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Market InformationWant to know more about where our products are used?

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