For osmosis treatment, the existing gel-coat is removed from the side of the boat. There
are several ways of removing the gel-coat from the hull. Sand blasting, flexing, sanding,
heat peeling or using a special milling tool. The special milling tool which we use has the
clear advantage over all other options in that it leaves a completely smooth surface after
peeling (the milling depth can be precisely set and maintained during milling), and the use
of fillers is reduced to a minimum.
If the osmosis has progressed to such a severe degree that the laminate is badly weakened
following the milling process, or is too thin due to individual bubble formations,
we will reconstruct the hull
side using additional, new laminate layers. This is not
usually necessary, since osmosis is usually treated long before this stage is reached. It
is very important that prior to reconstruction, the open laminate is thoroughly washed out
with water, in order to remove all trace of acids and resin residues, and that it is completely
dry. Here, it is of no consequence whether the boat has 6 months or 6 days to dry. The only
important factor is that the laminate is completely dry. We are able to monitor this process
using special measuring devices.
For osmosis treatment, we use West System materials. Epoxy resin is mixed in an optimum
manner with the different additional components in order to construct the hull underbody.
Among other things, for the layer construction using an additional aluminium blocking layer,
which guarantees absolute water tightness.
When constructing the hull underbody, it is important that if appropriate, the required
filler is applied directly after the open laminate is sealed,
and not at the end, since this is then also covered in an absolutely watertight way by the
subsequent reconstruction using several layers. Naturally, the filler also has an epoxy basis.
Removal of the layers affected by osmosis
We provide a guarantee of six years on every hull underbody which we have treated for
osmosis! We can make you an individual offer regarding the prevention or treatment of osmosis
for your yacht.