Many composite fabrics will require finishing determined by the particular application or end use of the composite. We offer a variety of finishing processes to suit just about any application. Most finishes utilize types of gelcoat. The most common gelcoats are based on epoxy or unsaturated polyesterresin chemistry. Gelcoats are modified resins which are applied to molds. They are cured to form and backed with composite polymer matrices, often mixtures of polyester resin and fiberglass or epoxy resin with glass.
The manufactured component, when cured and removed from the mold, presents the gelcoated surface. This is usually colored to provide an attractive, glossy surface which improves the aesthetic appearance. Gelcoats can be carry any pigment, and are designed to be durable, providing resistance to UV light, hydrolysis, graffiti, and microbial development.
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