Sales Director EMEA
Swanage, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 7766 056 911
We are dedicated to supporting our customers in growing their business, delivering industry best applications, and adding value to their customers.
Contact your regional sales manager today for any and all Propspeed related business enquiries.
Propspeed is a high-value product for everyone involved. It is the highest performing solution available on the market today, which results in happy customers through increased performance, protection, and cost savings.
(1) Brand loyalty and Superior Product Performance - Providing a product that works, supported by the manufacturer, means happy customers. Propspeed has become the standard, and you will become a one-stop-shop for underwater coatings. This results in return customers to your business.
(2) Specialized Coating – Propspeed is not like regular bottom paint and in turn, has a higher retail value than traditional anti-foul coatings. This results in better margins for your business. A business can estimate they will realize an increase in their margins by 100% on an equivalent boat had they used an anti-foul coating system on.
(3) Maximizing Value of the Lift - Propspeed is a great product line to add a profitable revenue center that drives repeat business through happy customers that are seeing an increase in performance, protection, and cost savings.
The short answer is simple, Propspeed is a high-value product, with over 21 years of being the best performing running gear coating available on the market. The long answer is also simple. If you take into consideration the cause-and-effects of barnacles and marine growth attachment to all metal areas below the waterline - increase in fuel burn, a reduction in RPM’s and speed of which increases the need for more fuel and the unseen wear and tear on the engine due to an increase in demand for more horsepower - the cost involved in an application of Propspeed in comparison is minuscule.
As a boatyard operator, you can always advise your customers that Propspeed will save them more money than it will cost them in one or two seasons of operation (all dependent on their boat usage). If the customer is looking to spend less money for similar work, 21 years of experience in the industry and hundreds of applicators globally, tells us that what is currently on offer in the market simply does not meet expectations, and will result in costing more in the long-run.
This depends on the amount of surface that requires coating. We have created an application guide that you can download here, to help with understanding the coverage rates of the Propspeed product line. We also have an online training course called “The Business of Propspeed” where we talk through the application process and how to make the most out of offering Propspeed as a service in your yard. Additionally, if you need any further support or guidance, please contact one of our Sales Managers as they are happy to help.
To a boat owner:
How much did you spend last year in fuelling your boat? Once launched with fresh bottom paint and clean running gear, when did you first notice the engines not hitting their specified RPM’s for maximum speed? How much further did you have to push the throttle down to get to your regular cruising speed? Were you paying attention to your fuel gauge at the same time? At that particular point in time when out cruising to your favorite spot, you will recall the conversation the service manager tried to have with you about Propspeed, and how Propspeed could actually keep your running gear and propellers free of fuel-robbing marine growth.
Weigh the cost of how much money you spent last year on fuel with the cost of a Propspeed application and I think you’ll agree, Propspeed is the only way to go.
To a boatyard operator:
The cost and work involved to prepare the running gear for either Propspeed or regular anti-foul paint is the same (e.g. making sure the surface has been sanded clean of all existing coatings while ensuring the sanded surfaces have been properly cleaned of any oils or other contaminants). Both products require the exact same procedure. At this point the scope of work for surface preparation is equal, regardless of which type of coating system you apply. There’s no doubt Propspeed is an added-value proposition for the boat owner and for you, the boatyard operator, as well. The owner is willing to pay additional money for something he knows works and adds value to his boat, and for you, you sell a top-tier product that has been tested and validated in the market place for over 21 years.
The boat owner will undoubtedly see the difference when using Propspeed over the life of the coating by realizing a reduction in his fuel-burn, of which, has a price. For you, the difference in selling the boat-owner a traditional AF system versus a Propspeed system you could increase your margins on every boat you haul-out and apply Propspeed to by as much 100%.
Additionally, you are promoting an industry-leading product that has been time-tested with a proven track record behind its name, plus unequalled factory support in the field.
Propspeed works on all underwater metals as long as the proper guidelines are followed. Click here for the downloadable application guide.
No. In addition to propellers, Propspeed can be applied to all underwater metal substrates such as; shafts, struts, rudders, trim-tabs, trim-tab actuators, thruster propellers, thruster propeller arms, swim platform armatures, swim-ladders, sea strainers, sea-chests, keel-coolers and in-take grates. Any metal underwater assets that require protection and enhanced performance, Propspeed is the answer.
There are basically 2 types of competitors to Propspeed.
(1) Fast-Followers - these are products that are new to the foul-release coatings industry with minimal experience. These companies have tried to copy our success with products that have limited in-service trials and in some instances no experience at all. The products are promoted as a cheaper alternative to Propspeed; however, it means that the boat owner must compromise performance for a lower cost. The savings are often forgotten once these products fail within months and sometimes weeks, with no local support to manage these failures.
Two key temperature measurements are monitored during a Propspeed application. The most important of the two is the air temperature and the humidity rating, the second is the surface temperature of the metal. Both of these temperatures play a role in the coating window and the dry time.
The maximum application temperature is 95°F air and 95°F surface temperature.
View the application temperatures here.
Propspeed manufactures 2 products that are specifically designed for cleaning the metallic surfaces that are to be coated with the Propspeed system.
Propclean is a cleaning agent designed to remove any organic oils and other impurities left on the metal surface ensuring a clean application surface.
Propprep is a metal conditioning solution incorporating phosphoric acid and a surfactant (soap). The role of the surfactant is to perform a preliminary cleaning of the metal by helping to remove loose metal dust, dirt, light grease and oils that may be present on the metal surface after sanding and cleaning with Propclean. The phosphoric acid reacts with the metal surface and creates a thin homogenous metal-phosphate layer all over the substrate. The importance of the phosphate layer can be described as follows:
This phosphate layer is porous and provides a matrix in which the corrosion inhibiting pigments and polymer’s present in the etch primer can attach to.
The phosphate layer is transitional between the metal substrate and the components of the etch primer. In other words, it provides superior adhesion compatibility that is not present if applying the etch primer directly to sanded metal.By its nature, the phosphate layer is also a corrosion inhibitor by itself that works in tandem with the metal etch primer.
Two key temperature measurements are monitored during a Propspeed application. The most important of the two is the air temperature and the humidity rating, the second is the surface temperature of the metal surface. Both of these temperatures play a role in the recoat window and the dry time.
The minimum application temperature for a Propspeed application is 50°F air and 50°F surface temperature.
View the application temperatures here.
No, acetone is not recommended for 2 key reasons.
(1) Alcohols do a better job in dissolving a variety of oils and organic impurities in comparison.
(2) Alcohols work better due to the slower evaporation rate when compared to acetone. In a practical application, this allows the applicator sufficient time to wipe clean the surface, removing all of the organic contaminants. Acetone flashes too quickly and does not finish the cleaning procedure properly. This is especially important in warm and humid temperatures.
Propspeed has developed 2 products that are specifically formulated for cleaning and conditioning the metal surfaces that are to be coated with the Propspeed system.
Propclean is a cleaning agent that removes any organic oils and other impurities left on the metal surface, ensuring a clean application surface.
Propprep is a metal conditioning solution incorporating phosphoric acid and a surfactant (soap). The role of the surfactant is to clean the metal by helping to remove loose metal dust, dirt, light grease and oils that may be present on the metal surface after sanding and after cleaning with Propclean. The phosphoric acid reacts with the metal surface and creates a thin homogenous metal-phosphate layer all over the substrate.
The time it takes to complete a Propspeed application depends on (a) how much of the underwater assets are being coated (running gear, propellers, trim tabs etc), (b) how large (dimensions) the areas being painted are, (c) how many people are working on the application, and finally, (d) what the ambient temperatures are when the application is taking place. As you can see, there is no one-answer-fits-all solution.
The Propspeed coating is formulated to adhere to a bare metal surface. Over-coating an existing coating will not allow the metal Etching Primer to properly bond, both mechanically and chemically, to the substrate if applied over another coating. Any existing Propspeed must be fully removed before starting a new application.
View the re-coat window and drying times here.
Yes, you can. The Propspeed system is unique in the sense that any damage caused to the coating will remain isolated to that area. This allows for continued in-service life until such time the vessel can get hauled again for repairs. A new application of the Propspeed coating can be applied to the bare metal areas that require protection.
For more information on how to repair Propspeed, contact your local Sales Manager and they will be happy to help.
No, this will not affect the Propspeed coating. Many believe that Propspeed is like traditional anti-foul (AF) coatings that will dry out once on the hard, thereby reducing the AF's toxicity levels the following season. This is not the case for Propspeed!
Propspeed's performance is not adversely affected when hauled for extended periods of time and is a 'multi-season' coating in many parts of the world. We recommend covering the coated surfaces to protect from damage when the vessel is in storage.
We have included all of the required components in each one of our product kits to make it easy for your business to charge out one billable item. E.g. 1 x Foulfree kit has everything you need to complete the job. Simple, easy, and valuable.
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