Pettit Marine Paint is celebrating their 150th anniversary this year, but just because they have been around since 1861 doesn’t mean they’re resting on their laurels. Throughout the company’s life, Pettit has consistently thrived as an industry leader by bringing the most effective and advanced products to the market, today that tradition continues.
Long before the ban on tin in the late 1980’s, Pettit Paint was producing tin-free antifouling paints to reduce the environmental impact caused by TBT. Pettit’s team of scientists worked tirelessly to develop highly effective products that are less damaging to the environment. Over the past few decades, they have continued the quest to advance the marine coatings market by creating and utilizing new technologies that are cleaner and greener.
Pettit’s Hydrocoat technology is the only paint film of its kind on the market. Developed over 20 years ago, Hydrocoat has grown to become the best selling water-based bottom paint. The family of Hydrocoat antifouling products, Hydrocoat, Hydrocoat SR, and soon to be released Hydrocoat Eco, all offer highly effective, multi-season protection while yielding a VOC content less than half that of California’s strictest regulations. Advantages such as convenient soap and water clean up, easy application, no heavy solvent smell, and the ability to overcoat just about any pre existing coating have made these products a favorite among DIY boaters and professional applicators alike.
When Jansen Pharmaceuticals developed their metal-free biocide Econea, Pettit became an obvious choice to develop paint films that could best utilize the organic biocide’s strong antifouling properties. The result was Ultima Eco, the first multi-season, copper-free, bottom paint in the world. Within the next few months, Pettit will be releasing Hydrocoat Eco, the first water-based antifouling paint to combine Econea with Hydrocoat technology.
Pettit’s exclusive Clean Core Technology was developed to remove the heavy metals commonly found in bottom paints, replacing them with more environmentally friendly additives. This amazing advancement reduces the amount of heavy metals released into the waters by up to 50% while providing a more “fine tuned” and consistent release of the biocides from the paint film. This results in cleaner, more effective bottom paints that require lower biocide levels to deliver full antifouling protection. Clean Core Technology is now featured in all of Pettit’s antifouling paints.
Determined make a two-part topside topside enamel different from the many other products on the market, Pettit recently developed EZ-Poxy 2. Their scientists studied all of the competitors in the field and found some major weaknesses: compatibility, ease of application, and rigid mixing ratios. All other two-part enamels on the market are compatible only with two-component topside paints and primers. Pettit’s new EZ-Poxy 2, is so advanced, it can be applied over any single or two part topside coating. In most cases, a simple dewax, scuff, and apply is all that’s needed prior to application. EZ-Poxy 2 applies just as easily as a single component polyurethane, using the roll and tip method. It offers high gloss, better UV protection and exceptional durability. EZ-Poxy 2 also has a unique formula so forgiving that makes exact mixing ratios a thing of the past.
As Pettit celebrates their 150th anniversary, they continue to recognize the importance of producing highly effective, environmentally friendly products. Products designed to leave the smallest environmental footprint while providing the most effective protection against challenging marine environments. With such a rich history of leading the way towards new and cutting-edge technology, it is easy to see why Pettit’s motto is “Apply The Future”.