The Foundation of Flawless Finishes

Whether you’re crafting a boat, a pool, or any fiberglass-reinforced product, our gelcoats promise not only aesthetic brilliance but also robust protection. 
From standard applications to specialized tooling projects, our collection caters to all needs. Each gelcoat is meticulously formulated to offer UV resistance, durability, and a seamless finish.

Gel Coats: An Overview

What are Gel Coats?

Gel coats are specially formulated resins, often pigmented, that are applied to the surface of molds in the initial stages of the fiberglass laminating process. They are designed to protect the underlying fiberglass layers and provide a smooth, glossy, and attractive finish to the final product.

What are Gel Coats Used For?

  • Protective Layer: Gel coats act as a protective barrier, shielding the underlying fiberglass material from environmental factors such as UV rays, moisture, and general wear and tear.
  • Aesthetic Appeal: They provide a high-quality finish, giving products a shiny, smooth, and professional appearance. The pigmented varieties can also add color to the final product.
  • Surface Repair: Gel coats can be used to repair scratches, dings, or other surface imperfections on fiberglass products, restoring them to their original appearance.
  • Mold Surface: In the manufacturing process, gel coats are applied to molds to ensure that the final product has a smooth and glossy surface.

How are Gel Coats Used?

  1. Preparation: Before applying a gel coat, the surface must be thoroughly cleaned and prepped. This often involves sanding the surface to ensure proper adhesion.
  2. Mixing: The gel coat is typically mixed with a catalyst (often MEKP) to initiate the curing process. It’s crucial to get the right ratio for optimal results.
  3. Application: Gel coats can be applied using a brush, roller, or spray gun, depending on the size of the project and the desired finish. The application should be even and consistent.
  4. Curing: After application, the gel coat needs time to cure. This can vary based on the specific product and environmental conditions. During this time, the gel coat hardens and bonds to the fiberglass.
  5. Sanding & Polishing: Once cured, the surface can be sanded to smooth out any imperfections. A final polish can be applied to enhance the shine and luster of the gel coat.

Gel coats play a pivotal role in the world of fiberglass products, offering both functional protection and aesthetic enhancement. Proper application and care ensure that the benefits of a gel coat are fully realized, leading to durable and visually appealing results.