TRIBOS® Technical Centre

TRIBOS® for Paint

TRIBOS® polymer is designed specifically for painted surfaces. Like all the Tribos barrier coats, it ensures a water and oil-repellant surface that ‘locks out’ damaging water and salt and is very easy to clean.

The TRIBOS® paint barrier is optimized to bring out the deepest gloss it is possible to achieve on dark surfaces and to provide a seriously bright shine on white and lighter coloured surfaces.

The formula contains amino functional silicones and silicone resins that bind strongly to the surface. They then cross-link together, chemically, over 2 hours to form a tough barrier that repels water and oils. Silicone waxes are also included in the formulation to fill minor surface scratches or cavities and prevent water entering — or staying on the surface of the painted coating.

Specialist ingredients developed with industry leading specialists mean Tribos is state-of-the-art when it comes to protection from UV light in solar radiation. These expensive UV protectors absorb the energy of the UV light and re-emit that energy as harmless heat. They are miscible with the silicone polymer layer, so the entire Tribos barrier becomes strongly anchored to the painted surface, ensuring genuine longevity.

These dual features of water repellency and UV protection allow the finish to remain glossy for significantly longer periods of time than has ever been possible before, while also preventing the fading, ‘chalking’ and general degradation usually caused by UV light.

TRIBOS® for Gelcoat

Designed specifically for epoxy and polyester gelcoats, to give a long-lasting, durable shine, provide exceptional water repellence and reduce the many degrading effects of UV light penetration, such as fading, ‘chalking’ and yellowing.

The formula contains amino functional silicones and silicone resins that bind strongly to the surface. They then cross-link together, chemically, over 2 hours to form a tough barrier that repels water and oils. Silicone waxes are also included in the formulation to to fill any surface scratches or cavities and prevent water entering — or staying on the surface of the gelcoat.

To protect against the UV light in solar radiation, the Tribos gelcoat barrier incorporates two special ingredients developed for us by industry leading specialists. The first of these are very fine titanium oxide particles which reflect UV away from the surface like a mirror. As titanium oxide can cause yellowing in some plastics, they are encapsulated in AL203 — to keep them inert — and then treated with a silicone compound which enables them to anchor firmly to the gelcoat. This gives the surface the water repellence it needs to ensure protection over many wash-downs. The titanium oxide particles in Tribos are so small (200NM) that they become invisible when applied.

The second UV protector absorbs the energy of the UV light and re-emits it as heat, which is harmless to gelcoat. They are miscible with the silicone polymer layer, so the entire TRIBOS® barrier becomes strongly anchored to the painted surface, ensuring genuine longevity.

As with Tribos for paint, these dual features of water repellence and UV protection allow the finish to remain glossy for significantly longer periods of time than has ever been possible before, while also preventing the fading, ‘chalking’ and general degradation usually caused by UV light.

Tribos is a registered trademark of Tribos Coatings (International) Ltd