Sherwin-Williams Sher-Release Silicone Fouling Release Coating System Delivers Fuel Savings, Offers Environmentally Responsible Solution to Hull Protection

Fouling release solutions work with nature for fuel savings from six to ten percent

Cleveland, Ohio (December 17, 2009) – Sherwin-Williams Sher-Release Silicone Fouling Release Coating System is an effective, non-toxic alternative to conventional antifouling coatings.  

A U.S. Navy patented solution, the Sher-Release System causes marine organisms to be released from surfaces at slow speeds and light water pressure, a solution that works with nature, not against it. It offers better adhesion, abrasion resistance and scratch resistance compared to standard silicone systems. 

“Not only does the Sher-Release System provide superior biofouling protection, work boats, passenger vessels and commercial ships can realize fuel savings as much as six to ten percent,” said Brad Rossetto, Vice President, Marketing, Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings. “It is a cost-effective alternative that has been tested side by side with other fluoropolymer/silicone to ASTM 5618 Barnacle Adhesion, and delivered the best performance of all systems, up to 50 percent better than competitive systems.” 

The Sher-Release System is self-cleaning with constant water flow during regular use. The hull is also easily cleaned by water jet under normal pressure. Cleaning and recoating are easily achieved during normal drydock scheduling, providing maintenance savings.
  
Sher-Release System incorporates a three layer tie coat formula. An epoxy anti-corrosive layer substrate and the tough, protective silicone topcoat are effectively interlocked by a unique elastomeric formula, creating superior adhesion and durability. The technology increases the toughness and adhesion properties of both the epoxy and silicone coatings, creating a system more durable than anything else currently in use.
  
Easily applied by trained staff with airless spray equipment, the Sher-Release System contains no heavy metals or biocides and has low levels of VOCs. It poses no hazard to marine life.

Sherwin-Williams is a global protective and marine coatings company that delivers smarter asset protection and unmatched service and specification support to its customers from more than 5,500 locations worldwide. The company offers a complete line of time-tested, high performance coatings and systems to combat corrosion, supported by the largest group of NACE-certified coatings inspectors in the industry. With more than 140 years in business and a culture of product innovation, Sherwin-Williams today is the single source of supply for coatings solutions made to your specifications and delivered on time, every time.

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