Polished Stainless Steel Isn’t Your Only Option Anymore!
9th September 2019
“A Ceracoat finish will also prevent barnacles, mussels and seagrasses from attaching to and/or damaging the hull of your boat. So you’ll spend less time and money cleaning your boat and removing these potentially harmful items from your vessel.”
In a marine environment, using the right finish is crucial in ensuring the durability and longevity of the parts on your vessel. Polished Stainless steel has long been a favourite choice for boat owners and builders alike, but it is no longer your only option.
Ceracoat is a highly efficient, cost-effective and long-lasting protective coating that can stand up to the elements. Constant cleaning, waxing and polishing your hardware, hinges, button heads and handles will soon be a thing of the past.
Ceracoat VS Polished Stainless Steel
Polished stainless steel has traditionally been the material of choice for boat hardware as it is tough and durable in a variety of conditions. Typically constructed from an alloy of steel and chromium, a polished stainless steel finish keeps oxygen out through the formation of a layer of chromium oxide on the surface. This thin layer is chemically passive, which means it will not react with air or water, making it a great choice for the marine environment.
Ceracoat, on the other hand, is a finish that provides two functions in one. Essentially it does the job of both a paint and a sealer, similar to how a lacquer performs with wood. This ceramic-based finish can be applied to a range of materials including metals, plastics and wood. Utilising state-of-the-art technologies, Ceracoat out-performs any other coating in both lab settings and in real-world scenarios. This finish is a great alternative to a polished stainless steel finish as it enhances physical properties such as resistance to wear, corrosion and chemicals while improving impact strength and hardness.
Benefits of Using Ceracoat
Ceracoat is becoming increasingly popular with boat builders, owners and engineers as it puts an end to grease, stains and other sediments on stainless steel and other metal surfaces. Ceracoat provides a long-lasting, tough, durable and ultra-thin layer of protection that is easy to clean and maintain. This finish is also salt-resistant and it is environmentally friendly so when it comes to being in the marine environment it can be tough while being kind.
A Ceracoat finish will also prevent barnacles, mussels and seagrasses from attaching to and/or damaging the hull of your boat. This means you need to spend less time and money cleaning your boat and removing these potentially harmful items from your vessel. What’s more, with less drag, you will get better fuel efficiency which will save you even more money in the long run.
Whether you are in the market for a new boat, fixing up an old model or you are simply looking to improve function or performance on what you already have, you should consider a Ceracoat finish for your hardware, major structures or hinges, button heads and handles. With so many benefits over a stainless steel finish, Ceracoat will continue to grow in popularity. Whatever finish you decide to go with, one thing is certain, a polished stainless steel finish is certainly not your only option anymore, and it’s worth considering the other choices out there to ensure you get the best finish for the best value.