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Lotus effect glass. Is any being used on yachts?

Discussion in 'Technical Discussion' started by Codger, Mar 28, 2007.

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  1. Codger

    Codger YF Wisdom Dept.

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  2. GrahamF

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    Hi Codger.

    I have not heard of this been used on yachts. I know there is a company in Europe that does glass treatment on glass that is very effective and lasts for a long time. It works on the same principle as the lotus effect.
  3. Ken Bracewell

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    What a great concept!
    I have a couple of deck crew who would be willing to invest in this idea.

    We have full walk-around decks, but some of the boats with full-beam decks and windows at the extremeties would greatly benefit from this technology (i.e. Calixas 105).
  4. GrahamF

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    Hi Ken

    The system does work very well i am in process of getting the agentcy here in Spain. They have agents in France aswell. I want to come to the States to see some boats and i might knock on your door first :D . If you want some more info please let me know and i will send you a private mail.
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    Graham,
    I would definitely be interested in more info. And feel free to knock on our door anytime.
    Best,
    Ken
  6. MaxResolution

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    Fascinating. This explains how I wrecked my Jeep windscreen with a shoddy silicon product that was supposed to keep the rain off.
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    Hi Max
    Yip silicone products that are out there are not always what they say, but unfortunately that was the only solution for many boats and cars. Just be careful the silicone products turns glass yellow with continuous usage and the you have a problem getting the glass back to normal.
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    Good point. I'm ambivalent about silicon anyway. Sounds like the problem associated with Windex on computer cases, -turns yellow. Amonia is my favorite choice, at least at first..?

    BTW, nothing but water is recommended for the plastics on rear-projection TV's, but that's the last thing the Mfg's want you to know. It used to be a TV could last 15 years. By 1994, the Mitsubishi's got real fancy and their caps wouldn't survive 7-8 years, but their sales appeal was stronger than ever. By 2001, they lined the back fences of every repair center like dinasaurs, and they have rightfully lost market share.
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    Just be careful of any acidic products on windows as it damages the glass. I use to use vinegar water on the boats windows as many boats do and yes it does clean it but you are damaging the glass. Glass has pores if you look under a microscope then it looks like the moon. This is a big problem with glass. I was doing some Specialized Glass Treatment on a 75 meter boat that is 10 years old and they used the silicone product (wont mention the name) :D about 2-3 times a year as it is a charter boat. I took me nearly an hour on some windows just to get the glass back to original glass. It is easy to see how bad your glass is just blow on it with your breath and you will see the dirt even after you have used glass-ex /windex or other cleaners