Welcome to the Propspeed Business Resource Centre


We are dedicated to supporting our customers in growing their business, delivering industry best applications, and adding value to their customers.

 

For over 21 years Propspeed has thrived in this industry, and now more than ever we want to support your business to thrive too! Not only do we want to provide you with a leading product range, we also want to equip you with information and tools to ensure that Propspeed is a successful part of your business.

 

 

Experts in Our Field

Our team of passionate, technically skilled and personable professionals will go above and beyond to support you.

Industry-Leading Products

The original and still the best underwater asset coatings on the market.

The Benchmark Brand

Trusted by thousands of satisfied customers around the world.

Business Tools for Success

Add value to your business through our industry-leading training programs and resources.

We pride ourselves on our people and the passion they bring to their work.

 

Contact your regional sales manager today for any and all Propspeed related business enquiries.

Sales Director EMEA

Matt Forbes


Swanage, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 7766 056 911

Email: matt.forbes@propspeed.com

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At Propspeed, we understand the true value our brand and products have on a business, and the opportunities they open up. We want to share these strategies, information and resources with you. Our training programs will build your team’s confidence in our products. From business owners, general managers, sales managers, service writers and applicators, we have a selection of programs relevant to your entire team. We are here to support the integration of Propspeed as a value add to your business and your customers boating lives. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Sales

Is Propspeed expensive?

The short answer is simple, Propspeed is a high-value product, with over 21 years of being the best performing running gear coating available on the market. The long answer is also simple. If you take into consideration the cause-and-effects of barnacles and marine growth attachment to all metal areas below the waterline - increase in fuel burn, a reduction in RPM’s and speed of which increases the need for more fuel and the unseen wear and tear on the engine due to an increase in demand for more horsepower - the cost involved in an application of Propspeed in comparison is minuscule.

As a boatyard operator, you can always advise your customers that Propspeed will save them more money than it will cost them in one or two seasons of operation (all dependent on their boat usage). If the customer is looking to spend less money for similar work, 21 years of experience in the industry and hundreds of applicators globally, tells us that what is currently on offer in the market simply does not meet expectations, and will result in costing more in the long-run.

Does Propspeed work on outdrives?

Propspeed works on all underwater metals as long as the proper guidelines are followed. Click here for the downloadable application guide. 

As a fresh-water marine service facility, should I be recommending Propspeed to my customers?

Absolutely. While it’s true a fresh-water boater might not experience the hard-shell marine growth attachment like boaters in salt-water, your customers certainly experience other marine-growth attachment, such as slime, vegetation, and zebra mussels. Propspeed will prevent any growth attaching to underwater metals and also inhibits the transfer of invasive species to new waterways.

Additionally, it is important to also communicate the fact that Propspeed’s hydrophobic characteristics will help reduce fuel burn and increase speed at typical running RPMs. Protecting the waterways, saving cost on fuel burn, and giving your customer enhanced performance and protection of their investment.

How much product do I need?

This depends on the amount of surface that requires coating. We have created an application guide that you can download here, to help with understanding the coverage rates of the Propspeed product line. We also have an online training course called “The Business of Propspeed” where we talk through the application process and how to make the most out of offering Propspeed as a service in your yard.  Additionally, if you need any further support or guidance, please contact one of our Sales Managers as they are happy to help.

What do you say to customers that are hesitant about cost?

To a boat owner:

How much did you spend last year in fuelling your boat? Once launched with fresh bottom paint and clean running gear, when did you first notice the engines not hitting their specified RPM’s for maximum speed? How much further did you have to push the throttle down to get to your regular cruising speed? Were you paying attention to your fuel gauge at the same time? At that particular point in time when out cruising to your favorite spot, you will recall the conversation the service manager tried to have with you about Propspeed, and how Propspeed could actually keep your running gear and propellers free of fuel-robbing marine growth.

Weigh the cost of how much money you spent last year on fuel with the cost of a Propspeed application and I think you’ll agree, Propspeed is the only way to go.

To a boatyard operator:

The cost and work involved to prepare the running gear for either Propspeed or regular anti-foul paint is the same (e.g. making sure the surface has been sanded clean of all existing coatings while ensuring the sanded surfaces have been properly cleaned of any oils or other contaminants). Both products require the exact same procedure. At this point the scope of work for surface preparation is equal, regardless of which type of coating system you apply. There’s no doubt Propspeed is an added-value proposition for the boat owner and for you, the boatyard operator, as well. The owner is willing to pay additional money for something he knows works and adds value to his boat, and for you, you sell a top-tier product that has been tested and validated in the market place for over 21 years.

The boat owner will undoubtedly see the difference when using Propspeed over the life of the coating by realizing a reduction in his fuel-burn, of which, has a price. For you, the difference in selling the boat-owner a traditional AF system versus a Propspeed system you could increase your margins on every boat you haul-out and apply Propspeed to by as much 100%.

Additionally, you are promoting an industry-leading product that has been time-tested with a proven track record behind its name, plus unequalled factory support in the field.

Is Propspeed used only on motor-vessels?

Propspeed is used on both motor-vessels and sailing-vessels with a huge degree of success. Sailing-vessels, which are more dependent on nature’s variances, realize the benefits of a clean propeller as does the motorboating crowd, if not more so. The additional benefit of an increase in speed and reduction in fuel burn might not be top of mind for the sailing-vessel owner at the time of application, but they will certainly ‘feel’ the difference when they engage their motors when pulling away from their mooring’s following an extended idle time.

What can Propspeed do for my business?

Propspeed is a high-value product for everyone involved. It is the highest performing solution available on the market today, which results in happy customers through increased performance, protection, and cost savings.

(1) Brand loyalty and Superior Product Performance - Providing a product that works, supported by the manufacturer, means happy customers. Propspeed has become the standard, and you will become a one-stop-shop for underwater coatings. This results in return customers to your business.

(2) Specialized Coating – Propspeed is not like regular bottom paint and in turn, has a higher retail value than traditional anti-foul coatings. This results in better margins for your business. A business can estimate they will realize an increase in their margins by 100% on an equivalent boat had they used an anti-foul coating system on.

(3) Maximizing Value of the Lift - Propspeed is a great product line to add a profitable revenue center that drives repeat business through happy customers that are seeing an increase in performance, protection, and cost savings.

Is Propspeed limited to use on propellers only?

No. In addition to propellers, Propspeed can be applied to all underwater metal substrates such as; shafts, struts, rudders, trim-tabs, trim-tab actuators, thruster propellers, thruster propeller arms, swim platform armatures, swim-ladders, sea strainers, sea-chests, keel-coolers and in-take grates. Any metal underwater assets that require protection and enhanced performance, Propspeed is the answer.

What do you say to customers that mention competitors?

There are basically 2 types of competitors to Propspeed.

(1) Fast-Followers - these are products that are new to the foul-release coatings industry with minimal experience. These companies have tried to copy our success with products that have limited in-service trials and in some instances no experience at all. The products are promoted as a cheaper alternative to Propspeed; however, it means that the boat owner must compromise performance for a lower cost. The savings are often forgotten once these products fail within months and sometimes weeks, with no local support to manage these failures.

(2) Traditional Anti-Foul Products - Traditional anti-foul systems that comprise of an epoxy primer and a hard anti-foul coating overcoat have been used in the boating community for years and have proven themselves to be less than reliable or durable. Many of these coating systems do not even last through a single season of boating. It is important to note, that this segment of competitors do not offer all of the other benefits that Propspeed does as a foul-release coating. Propspeed has a hydrophobic surface for greater water dispersion, provides insulation from corrosion, and does not leach toxins into the ocean etc.

Application

Can Propspeed be pressure-cleaned?

Yes, Propspeed can be pressure-cleaned. We suggest the tip of the pressure cleaning wand be held no-closer than 12” from the painted surface and use only the wide-fan when high water pressure is being used.

What is the maximum application temperature for Propspeed?

Two key temperature measurements are monitored during a Propspeed application. The most important of the two is the air temperature and the humidity rating, the second is the surface temperature of the metal. Both of these temperatures play a role in the coating window and the dry time.

The maximum application temperature is 95°F air and 95°F surface temperature.

View the application temperatures here.

What is the best solution for cleaning the metal prior to application?

Propspeed manufactures 2 products that are specifically designed for cleaning the metallic surfaces that are to be coated with the Propspeed system.

Propclean is a cleaning agent designed to remove any organic oils and other impurities left on the metal surface ensuring a clean application surface.

Propprep is a metal conditioning solution incorporating phosphoric acid and a surfactant (soap). The role of the surfactant is to perform a preliminary cleaning of the metal by helping to remove loose metal dust, dirt, light grease and oils that may be present on the metal surface after sanding and cleaning with Propclean. The phosphoric acid reacts with the metal surface and creates a thin homogenous metal-phosphate layer all over the substrate. The importance of the phosphate layer can be described as follows:

This phosphate layer is porous and provides a matrix in which the corrosion inhibiting pigments and polymer’s present in the etch primer can attach to.

The phosphate layer is transitional between the metal substrate and the components of the etch primer. In other words, it provides superior adhesion compatibility that is not present if applying the etch primer directly to sanded metal.

By its nature, the phosphate layer is also a corrosion inhibitor by itself that works in tandem with the metal etch primer.

What is the minimum application temperature for Propspeed?

Two key temperature measurements are monitored during a Propspeed application. The most important of the two is the air temperature and the humidity rating, the second is the surface temperature of the metal surface. Both of these temperatures play a role in the recoat window and the dry time. 

The minimum application temperature for a Propspeed application is 50°F air and 50°F surface temperature.

View the application temperatures here.

Can I use acetone to clean the metal?

No, acetone is not recommended for 2 key reasons.

(1) Alcohols do a better job in dissolving a variety of oils and organic impurities in comparison.

(2) Alcohols work better due to the slower evaporation rate when compared to acetone. In a practical application, this allows the applicator sufficient time to wipe clean the surface, removing all of the organic contaminants. Acetone flashes too quickly and does not finish the cleaning procedure properly. This is especially important in warm and humid temperatures.

Propspeed has developed 2 products that are specifically formulated for cleaning and conditioning the metal surfaces that are to be coated with the Propspeed system. 

Propclean is a cleaning agent that removes any organic oils and other impurities left on the metal surface, ensuring a clean application surface.

Propprep is a metal conditioning solution incorporating phosphoric acid and a surfactant (soap). The role of the surfactant is to clean the metal by helping to remove loose metal dust, dirt, light grease and oils that may be present on the metal surface after sanding and after cleaning with Propclean. The phosphoric acid reacts with the metal surface and creates a thin homogenous metal-phosphate layer all over the substrate.

Is there an easy way to remove last season's Propspeed?

There are two ways that this can be done. One option is to mechanically remove the old coating by sanding by hand or using a dual-action sander.

The other option reduces the amount of labor required, by using a specialized Propspeed remover called Propstrip. Propstrip makes removing Propspeed easy, especially in hard to reach areas such as underwater swim platforms, trim tab hinges or propeller nuts. It is also a great alternative removal process for textured surfaces that have Propspeed applied.

How long does the typical Propspeed application take?

The time it takes to complete a Propspeed application depends on (a) how much of the underwater assets are being coated (running gear, propellers, trim tabs etc), (b) how large (dimensions) the areas being painted are, (c) how many people are working on the application, and finally, (d) what the ambient temperatures are when the application is taking place. As you can see, there is no one-answer-fits-all solution. 

Why must I start from bare metal when applying the Propspeed system?

The Propspeed coating is formulated to adhere to a bare metal surface. Over-coating an existing coating will not allow the metal Etching Primer to properly bond, both mechanically and chemically, to the substrate if applied over another coating. Any existing Propspeed must be fully removed before starting a new application.

How long do I have to use the Propspeed Etching Primer once the Hardener has been mixed with the Base?

Once the Etching Primer Hardener is added you have 6 hours to use the catalyzed product. After such time, the product is inactive. Regardless of any liquids found left in the can, once the hardener has been added if the 6-hour window has been reached the product must be discarded and not used.
 
Propspeed products have a shelf life of 3 years from the date of manufacture. The best before date is located on the Etching Primer Base can, and Etching Primer Hardener bottle.

Click here for more information shelf lives of the Propspeed product line.

When can the boat be launched after application?

View the re-coat window and drying times here.

Product Information

The Propspeed has worn off the tips of the propeller blades, but the rest of the coating is fine. Can I touch it up without having to start again?

Yes, you can. The Propspeed system is unique in the sense that any damage caused to the coating will remain isolated to that area. This allows for continued in-service life until such time the vessel can get hauled again for repairs. A new application of the Propspeed coating can be applied to the bare metal areas that require protection.

For more information on how to repair Propspeed, contact your local Sales Manager and they will be happy to help.

What should I tell a boat owner who needs to know about proper maintenance of their fresh Propspeed application?

Propspeed does not contain biocides, it works because it is slippery. Propspeed is a foul-release coating that requires water moving across the surface with some degree of frequency. Alternatively, a diver may be required to clean it with a soft glove.

The boats I service are hauled for storage after the boating season. Will this affect the Propspeed coating?

No, this will not affect the Propspeed coating. Many believe that Propspeed is like traditional anti-foul (AF) coatings that will dry out once on the hard, thereby reducing the AF's toxicity levels the following season. This is not the case for Propspeed! 

Propspeed's performance is not adversely affected when hauled for extended periods of time and is a 'multi-season' coating in many parts of the world. We recommend covering the coated surfaces to protect from damage when the vessel is in storage.

How long does the product last on the shelf and once it has been opened?

Please see the table for detailed information regarding the Propspeed product line.

Will Propspeed cause the propellers to 'sing'?

No, when applied correctly, Propspeed will not cause the propellers to sing or harmonize.

What is the difference between Propspeed, Lightspeed and Foulfree?

The critical differences in the three different application systems are (1) the way the surfaces are prepared for coating purposes, and most importantly, (2) the cleaning agents found within each kit perform a specific function pertaining to the surface to be coated. Using the correct product and following the correct preparation and application instructions provided is critical to maximize performance across our range of products.
 
Propspeed
- For protecting any metal surfaces.
- The Propspeed system has everything required to protect underwater metals in the harshest of marine environments.

Lightspeed
- For protecting underwater light lenses and housings.
- Lightspeed has been tested to be underwater light safe and will not cloud of fog lenses.

Foulfree
- For protecting transducers; measuring equipment below the waterline.
- Foulfree has been tested and is AIRMAR certified to result in no loss of transducer performance.

We have included all of the required components in each one of our product kits to make it easy for your business to charge out one billable item. E.g. 1 x Foulfree kit has everything you need to complete the job. Simple, easy, and valuable. 

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