- Is the Sea-Shield System like regular wax?
No. For many years, boat owners and detailers have relied on products from 3M™, Meguires® and Collinite Wax for boat detailing and waxing, but those products were designed primarily for cars. SEA-SHIELD is designed specifically to restore and protect watercraft from the harsh conditions caused by constant exposure to salt water and damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays. Unlike wax, SEA-SHIELD uses a propriety technology developed to restore surfaces to like-new condition.
- Is Sea-Shield System the same as a Cleaner Wax?
No, the Sea-Shield System is a step-by-step process to restore a surface to like-new condition. We do offer Sea-Shield Cleaner Wax that could be used to deep clean-polish and protect paint and gel coat, but like all cleaner waxes, it does not offer a like-new finish on aging paint or gel coat.
- Can anyone learn the Sea-Shield System?
Yes, even though we have skill technicians that can perform the work for you, we have also developed a support program where anyone can learn how to restore varies surfaces with the appropriate system and willing to put some work into it.
- Is the Sea-Shield System throughout the U.S. and different countries?
Yes, we work with a network of professionals around the world to offer the Sea-Shield System. On larger projects, our in-house surface specialist supervisor travels to the location to assist and supervise the project.
- So, what are the protection products?
Choosing the right protection for one’s needs is determined by the type of surface it will be applied to, and how long it needs to last. Sea-Shield offers 3 different types of protection:- SEA-SHIELD® Nano Coating: multi-surface coating with UV inhibitors and hydrophobic properties that hydrate and protect surfaces.- SEA-SHIELD®EXHAUST GUARD®: a resin-based surface sealant designed to seal and protect finishes from black streaks, engine exhaust, industrial fallout, salt air, acid rain, and UV rays. It also seals and protects paint, gel coat and hypalon, as well as provides an amazing wet look shine.- SEA-SHIELD® Ceramic: a non-toxic surface coating for marine vessels and land vehicles in harsh environments with EXHAUST GUARD® Technology. This product handles temperatures up to 1000 degrees Fahrenheit, and permanently bonds to most surfaces. It protects from UV rays, corrosion, hard water, salt and exhaust build up while providing a super gloss and mirror-like shine.
- What specific product would you recommend for a brand new superyacht?
For new paint protection, we recommend SEA-SHIELD Exhaust Guard. We also offer Exhaust Guard® Ceramic for water lines and boats with heavy exhaust issues. This is permanent, but it can be buffed out or lightly sanded to remove in case you need to touch up the paint.
- Can it be applied to brand new paint without preceding steps?
Yes, Exhaust Guard® can be applied to new paint without any preparation as long the paint is clean and shiny.
- What’s in the product? What makes it work? Polymer? Ceramic?
Exhaust Guard® Sealant is a polymer-acrylic based surface sealant designed not only to protect an exterior finish and repel black streaks, but to give a deep, mirror-like shine. What makes it work is a proprietary formula that creates a dry, hard finish instead of regular polymer sealants and natural waxes that stay sticky and absorb contaminants. The Exhaust Guard® Ceramic is a Nanotechnology Ceramic Coating that provides a strong mechanical bond to the surface which creates a hard shell resistant to chemicals and exhaust residue to which nothing sticks.
- How is it applied? What is the procedure?
The Exhaust Guard® Sealant can be applied by hand, or you can use a slow RPM dual action polisher with a soft pad to help spread the product on large surfaces then wipe off excess. The product is best applied in 3 to 5 sq meter sections and wiped off section by section.The Exhaust Guard® Ceramic should be applied to a clean, shiny surface with our applicator towel in small sections, and excess should be wiped off after application within 1-3 minutes. We have found that 3 coats with 30-60 minutes in between performs the best. Please note that after 8 hours, it cannot be re-coated, as nothing will stick.
- Can it be applied by the crew or only professionally?
Exhaust Guard Sealant can be applied by the crew, and we actually encourage reapplication as often as the schedule allows. The Exhaust Guard Ceramic is dry to the touch in about 1 hour, but takes it approximately 5 days to complete the curing process for a more scratch-resistant surface. In fact, it is currently being used by many yachts for maintenance in areas like cap rails, water lines, flat tops. etc. Areas like side brows or large surfaces are best to have professionally applied, as any excess product not buffed out during the first 5 minutes will require a fine polish to remove it.
- How long does it work for?
In typical marine conditions, understanding that it depends on how the yacht is used etc.The Exhaust Guard® Sealant applied to a yacht with moderate usage will last about 6 months. However, we encourage crews not to wait until the product is not performing at its best or gets dirty. We recommend a fresh surface application as often as schedule permits, realizing different areas of the yacht get more sun exposure than others and application may be necessary more often in some areas more than others. Exhaust Guard Sealant is easy to remove with any solvent for a repainting process.Exhaust Guard® Ceramic could last 1 to 2 years, depending on the area, and it can be lightly polished and reapplied. The surface is resistant to chemicals and light abrasion, and it is such an effective product, even heavy exhaust soot will not stick to the paint and it will not crack like other ceramic coatings.
- Can it be over coated with itself or does it need to be fully removed before re-application?
Exhaust Guard® Sealant can be re-coated at any time, unless it has deteriorated, or hard water marks, salt or exhaust are visible, in which case surface preparation is necessary. This product can be easily removed by hand on newer paints using any type of solvent. Exhaust Guard Ceramic can be re-coated when the surface has aged 6-12 months.
- Do you offer any guarantees in terms of results and longevity?
We have considered offering a warranty, but have unfortunately found it challenging to do, as there are factors beyond our control, such as crew using chemicals to prematurely deteriorate the surface protection. While we don’t offer a formal warranty, we have built our business on happy, repeat clients, and will do what it takes to keep you coming back and train your crew appropriately to ensure maximized use of our products. Competitors offer weak warranties that can leave customers unhappy in the long run, whereas we will try our best to fix the problem to your liking.We can also restore fender marks, faded paint jobs and offer our SEA-SHIELD Paint Restoration System, which is a multiple-step process that restores shine and protection on older paint to buy more time between paint jobs. (And of course swirl free)Also, do you have a datasheet for the protection product?Yes, here is the Data Sheet for EXHAUST GUARD® Sealant: https://www.sea-shield.com/images/datasheet/exhaust_guard.pdf