STRONGSVILLE, Ohio (Jan. 10, 2011)—PPG Industries' commercial coatings group is to market and distribute a new urethane gel coat for the wind energy market.
This new gel coat is available in clear for wind blades and pigmented for nacelles and was developed and manufactured by Plasticolors Inc. of Ashtabula, Ohio.
PPG and Plasticolors will work together to address the advanced coating requirements of the rapidly expanding wind energy industry, Strongsville-based PPG said.
“The gel coat we've developed will be attractive to wind-turbine manufacturers as a high-performance alternative to epoxy and polyester gel coats in use today,” said Scott Becker, Plasticolors president and CEO.
The AGC200clear gel coat has excellent adhesion to epoxy, polyester, vinyl ester and urethane composite substrates, as well as low viscosity for smooth application. It gives the option of having open time for lamination up to three days. The clear, transparent liquid retains these attributes in a cured film.
The AGC200 pigmented gel coat has similar adhesion properties and open time for lamination, as well as excellent outdoor durability and dimensional stability, said PPG.
Both gel coats offer solvent-free composition, a flexible urethane film, and can be modified to meet specific needs. The clear gel coat enables visual inspection of composite laminate for defects and may be recoated using high-solids urethane and epoxy primers and urethane topcoats. The pigmented gel coat can be applied at lower film thickness than traditional gel coats and provides high gloss and distinctness of image.
For more information, visit www.ppgwind.com