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Gentoo™ Anti-Corrosion & Easy-Cleaning Coating

Next generation of corrosion-resistant and easy-cleaning coatings

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Gentoo™ offers a revolutionary solution for asset protection, combining military-grade anti-corrosion properties with easy-clean technology. Designed to simplify maintenance and extend equipment lifecycle, Gentoo stands out in harsh environments.

Traditional hydrophobic coatings are clear and abrasion resistant but do not shed fluid easily. Superhydrophobic coatings are generally great at shedding water, but are not clear, and are easily removed. Whether it’s abrasion resistance, oil repellency or visual clarity, conventional coatings have their limitations. Gentoo changes that.

Gentoo is a clear coating that not only repels water but many oils and solvents. This makes Gentoo an excellent choice for preventing corrosion, graffiti, and many other applications. It is also able to withstand significant abrasion without sacrificing performance.

How Does Gentoo Work?

Gentoo™ is a dense polymer system that forms a barrier against corrosion initiators. This is due to its low surface energy, high density, and low porosity. The system is conformal and very thin (4-8 microns) compared with traditional polymer coatings but far more dense and durable. The higher density of the system provides an excellent barrier to water and corrosive ions.

Adhesion & Durability

Gentoo has robust adhesion to painted, plated, and bare metallic substrates, as well as glass and surface primed plastics. The coating has demonstrated excellent resistance to salt spray, UV exposure, and chemical exposure – significant improvements over traditional hydrophobic coatings.

Corrosion Resistance & Prevention

When used on top of other qualified systems, Gentoo further reduces corrosion and extends the lifetime of the barrier system and therefore the coated substrate. This is due to its excellent water and salt shedding properties and impact resistance. These properties also significantly reduce the effects of galvanic corrosion of dissimilar metals.

We’ve conducted in-depth testing around Gentoo’s anti-corrosion and prevention properties. 

Graffiti Deterrent & Easy Cleaning

The low surface energy of the Gentoo coating makes it both hydrophobic and oleophobic. Combined with its high dirt and solvent resistance, also allows for easy cleaning of many surfaces with less water. 

Gentoo makes for a great graffiti deterrent. Most spray paints consist of paint dissolved into a solvent or solvent mixture to keep them as a sprayable liquid. When the solvents evaporate, the paint is left behind to dry and adhere to the surface. On a Gentoo-coated surface, however, the solvent that would normally “wet out” the surface will bead up before it has a chance to evaporate, as intended. When the solvent does evaporate, the paint is left behind in these same beaded “globs.” In the globs, the paint mostly adheres to itself, with only a small portion loosely adhered to the surface, which is then easily removed.

As you can see in our video tests below, a “tagger” or graffiti “artist” would almost certainly be deterred from continuing their act upon seeing the paint fail to adhere to its intended surface. Gentoo is a huge win for local governments, schools, and private businesses alike, which are often targets of the nefarious tagging trade.

Application

Gentoo is a two-part coating that is mixed together and then applied as a single coat. It can be flow-coated, dip-coated, HVLP sprayed or painted on with a brush or roller. It provides a lightweight, thin (4-8 microns) coating with minimal surface preparation.

Gentoo Application Instructions ->

Chemical Resistance

Offers superior resistance to many oils, solvents, acids, and bases.

Conclusion

Gentoo Coatings represent a groundbreaking solution for asset protection, offering unmatched durability, versatility, and ease of maintenance. Developed through extensive research and recognized for its innovation, Gentoo stands as a reliable choice for industries facing corrosion challenges.

 

 

Scientific Data

Hydrophobic Data

CONTACT ANGLEWATERSHEDDING (50ΜL)

Acrylic68˚21˚

Polycarbonate77˚13˚

Polyurethane99˚26˚

Gentoo116˚4˚

 

Transparency Data

TRANSPARENCYHAZE

Untreated Acrylic94.0%0.7%

Gentoo Coated Acrylic94.0%0.4%

Untreated Glass94.0%0.9%

Gentoo Coated Glass94.1%0.2%

 

Taber Abrasion Test After Abrasion (500 cycles)

TRANSPARENCYHAZE

Untreated Polyurethane89.2%18.8%

Gentoo Coated Polyurethane90.6%5.9%

Untreated Acrylic93.3%29.4%

Gentoo Coated Acrylic93.8%4.2%

 

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