Glidecoat ALPHA is the next generation of pro-level ceramic marine surface protection. Infused with graphene, it delivers significant improvements in durability, hydrophobics and shine longevity over conventional boat coatings, yet maintains the ease of application Glidecoat is known for. The product debuts at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, October 25–29, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, booth 497.
Graphene is a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a tight lattice. What makes it so important to boat owners is twofold: Firstly, Glidecoat ALPHA with graphene outlasts competing products—independent testing has shown it maintains its extraordinary properties for up to two years. Secondly, it cures harder than traditional ceramic coatings. These attributes make it ideal for solid boat surfaces such as gelcoat, paint, clearcoat, glass, and bare and powder-coated metals.
Engineered specifically for a marine environment, Glidecoat ALPHA is extremely hydrophobic. It has a water contact angle greater than 100° and a shedding angle of 30°. Rain and rinse water effortlessly run off the surface, making the boat more resistant to stains, less prone to water spots and easier to maintain. The silky-smooth finish makes it hard for dirt, dust and grime to adhere, too. And with UV protection integral to the formula, oxidation and sun damage are dramatically reduced.
Finally, color definition is improved with Glidecoat ALPHA. The innovative formula increases surface gloss by as much as 10%. This enhances the depth and richness of white, black and colored hulls while delivering a hard, mirror-like protective shine.
Applying Glidecoat ALPHA is straightforward. After washing and fully prepping the surface, the entire boat should be cleaned with Glidecoat Surface Wipe; this will remove any residual contaminants. After the bottle is thoroughly shaken, 5-10 drops of the formula are placed on a sponge. This is then applied to a 3′ x 3′ area with an up-down, side-to-side pattern. After 30 seconds to a minute, the coating is buffed by hand with a microfiber towel. A second wiping with a clean microfiber towel ensures the material is smooth, consistent and free of any excess coating. The second coat can be applied in as soon as an hour. The material fully cures in 24 hours.
Highly concentrated, 160ml of Glidecoat ALPHA covers 192 sq. ft. and is sufficient for a 20′ boat with the suggested two coats. It’s offered in 30ml, 50ml, 120ml, 160ml and 250ml quantities. MSRP ranges from $79 to $365.