A Range of Resins That Are Available Across Industries and Specialist Applications
Our Gelcoats are usually applied to a moulding surface to provide a protective exterior layer to laminate.
We offer an Orthophtahlic, NPG, Isophthalic and Tooling Gelcoat and all of our Gelcoats can be pigmented to a vast range of colours and will mirror the gloss levels of the mould it is used on. All of our gelcoats can be used in brush and spray applications.
We aim to provide the best Technical Support in the Composites Industry, we want all of our customers to get the maximum effectiveness from their products and manufacturing techniques. Using solid industry experience and personalised recommendations, our customers have achieved greater cost benefits on their range of composite products whilst increasing output capabilities.
Our gelcoats are supplied into the Moulding, Automotive and Construction industries. Detailed below is a list of some of the gelcoats on offer by Tricel Composites. If you would like more information, do not hesitate to contact us.
Our orthophthalic gelcoats are manufactured using thixotropes, surfactants, pigments and accelerators to improve the durability of components. They also have the dual ability to promote a good aesthetic finish.
These gelcoats are used for non-critical work and can improve the durability of components and protect the laminate for the external environment. A gelcoat finish provides a smooth aesthetic finish, and elimiantes the need for painting.
Isophthalic acid type base gelcoats are used to make a superior water and environmental resistant part. These gelcoats have superior blister resistance and toughness when compared to orthophathalic based gelcoats. Our Isophthalic Gelcoats also offer better gloss retention, ultraviolet (UV) stability and usually lower styrene emissions than orthophthalic gelcoats. Isophthalic Lloyds approved gelcoats are available.
Our NPG based gelcoats and skin coats offer better resistance to blister formation than our Isophthalic acid propylene gelcoats. They have a higher chemical and heat resistance. Suitable for all industries but most commonly used in the marine industry.
With our range of suppliers, only the best raw materials, and latest technologies are used to offer sustainability, stability and usability. All of our gelcoats can be used with our high quality polyester pigments.
Tooling and Vinylester Gelcoats
Our tooling gelcoats differs in that it can cure to a much harder surface than regular gelcoats types, meaning that it can be polished to a higher lustre.
Vinylester gelcoats provide maximum resistances to chemicals and solvents. Owing to its high deformation temperature, this type of gelcoats is suitable for parts when used with high peak exotherm resins or when there is a requirement for post curing. This gelcoat is ideal for when there is a necessity to reduce cracking. Corrosion resistance guides are available upon request.
Gelcoat for Moulding
According to the CCP cook Composites and Polymers Co, 2009 Composites Applications Guide, Eleventh Edition:
A conventional gelcoat is applied with spraying equipment, as brushing of gelcoats is not recommended. Proper application of gelcoat is critical to producing cosmetically appealing and durable parts. Improperly applied gelocat, increases the cost of the part. The amount of additional cost incurred depends on the number of rejected parts as well as the effort required to rework the parts. Making the investment of properly applying the gelcoat can pay big dividends by reducing rework and scrap. Proper gelcoat application includes material preparation, equipment calibration, use of trained spray operators and appropriate spray methods.