Advanced Technologies: Gentoo

Advanced Technologies: Gentoo

There are many times that we need to add an extra layer of protection in industrial, construction, business and even home settings. Gentoo is a next generation innovative technology that creates a completely transparent, extremely durable hydrophobic coating that repels water and prevents corrosion. It solves two traditional limitations of coatings: the inability to shed fluid easily and lack of transparency. 

Practical Applications

There are many practical applications for Gentoo, most notably in the prevention of graffiti. For a demonstration of how Gentoo works in the prevention of graffiti:

There are many practical applications for Gentoo, most notably in the prevention of graffiti. For a demonstration of how Gentoo works in the prevention of graffiti:

 

Gentoo Properties

Hydrophobic is the ability to repel water. Traditional hydrophobic coatings are clear and abrasion resistant, but don’t shed fluid easily. This means that while the fluid is not absorbed, it can still pool and puddle on a surface. Superhydrophobic coatings are great at shedding water, but are not clear and are easily removed, making them a less than ideal long term solution when durability is needed. Gentoo isn’t considered a superhydrophobic coating but has a low shed angle of 5 degrees. It means that fluids won’t pool or puddle on surfaces that are coated with it.

High Performance

Gentoo’s high performance is due to its low surface energy, high density and low porosity components. It is able to easily coat items due to it being a Sol-gel. A sol-gel is a solution that becomes a gel. Gentoo is extremely durable while still being flexible unlike other coatings. It’s flexible nature is due to it being comprised of both an organic and inorganic part that lends flexibility and toughness.  It can be bent and flexed without cracking or loss of repellency.

Gentoo adheres very well to many surfaces. It has shown superior adhesion to painted, plated and bare metallic surfaces and even to glass! Additionally, it has shown excellent resistance to salt spray, UV exposure and chemical exposure, a major difference between Gentoo and other traditional hydrophobic coatings.

When used in addition to another barrier system, Gentoo further reduces corrosion and extends the lifetime of the coated surface. It has chemical resistance to most oils, solvents and acids. Making it super easy to clean.

Application

Applying Gentoo is as simple mixing together the two-part coating and then applying it as a single coat. It can then be flow-coated, dip coated, HVLP sprayed, or painted on with a brush or roller.

Gentoo is the perfect choice for a protective coating when abrasion resistance, oil repellency and visual clarity matter. Click here to learn more.

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