Reichhold Inc. has developed a vinyl ester resin especially suited to boat building and spa applications.
Hydrex 100-LV provides blister resistance while allowing manufacturers to meet stringent styrene emission regulations. For spa products, the new unsaturated resin bonds well to acrylic sheet. Reichhold of Research Triangle Park, N.C., said the product is pre-accelerated and cures with conventional methyl ethyl ketone peroxide at room temperature.
Hydrex 100-LV's styrene level is less than 35 percent, according to the company. It also has low viscosity and high strength. Reichhold envisions uses such as marine skin coats and complete laminates, spa skins and laminates, and tooling.
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