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Ceramic Coating Outriggers
Ceramic coatings offer several benefits for anodized aluminum surfaces in the marine industry. These coatings are known for their durability, resistance to corrosion, and ability to protect against UV rays and harsh environmental conditions. Rupp Marine is a leading manufacturer of sportfishing outriggers and associated hardware who offers factory applied ceramic coating as an option on new outrigger orders.
One of the main benefits of ceramic coatings is their ability to protect against corrosion, mainly by repelling water. The latest generation of ceramic coatings can provide a barrier against corrosion, this is done by preventing the water from sitting on the surface of the metal, which over time can cause surface spotting and discoloration. Although ceramic coatings provide no proven "structural" benefit, they have been proven to reduce maintenance costs by helping to keep the underlying metal looking "like new" for considerably longer than an uncoated surface. It is important to note that virtually all ceramic coatings need to be reapplied every 1-3 years for maximum benefit, this depends on use and maintenance.
Another benefit of ceramic coatings is their ability to protect against UV rays. Exposure to UV rays can cause the color of anodized aluminum to fade over time. However, ceramic coatings can provide protection against UV rays, helping to preserve the color of the surface and prevent it from fading. This is particularly important for boats and other marine equipment that are constantly exposed to the sun. Same goes for stainless steel, ceramic coatings can greatly improve the rust resistance of the base stainless metal.
While ceramic coatings offer numerous benefits, it's important to properly prepare the surface and select a coating that is approved for the type of metal you are coating in order achieve the best results. Surface preparation is critical when it comes to applying ceramic coatings to any surface, including metal. Any surface contaminants, such as oil, grease, wax, or dirt, can interfere with the adhesion of the coating and compromise its effectiveness. Improper surface preparation can result peeling of the coating, which can only be corrected by undergoing a very laborious stripping and recoating process.
For Rupp outriggers specifically, selecting a coating that is approved for use on aluminum is imperative in order to achieve the expected benefits. Using the wrong prep or ceramic coating can result in premature peeling. When applied and maintained properly, ceramic coated marine metals require only an occasional cleaning with water, a mild detergent, and soft cloth to maintain a "like new" look for many years.
By following these guidelines and choosing a trusted coating supplier like Rupp Marine, boat owners and operators can ensure that their equipment is protected and performs at its best for years to come