How UV Tech™ Works
Materials like Hypalon®, PVC, fiberglass, roto-molded plastic, and other materials are damaged, bleached and ultimately destroyed through use and by sun exposure. UV Tech protects and rejuvenates surfaces, reducing cracking, helping to block sun damage and restoring your boat’s original good looks.
Product Application Tips
Clean surface and shake contents. UV Tech will act as a cleaner on non-porous surfaces. Test before use. Apply UV Tech with a non-abrasive damp cloth, turning cloth often. Re-apply UV Tech as needed and do not freeze. Additionally, UV Tech cannot be used on cotton or glass surfaces. It may also darken leather.
Why do materials degrade?
Synthetics such as vinyl, Hypalon®, neoprene, fiberglass, plastics and nylon all degrade over time, but this degradation can be dramatically slowed. All of these materials have special oils inherent in their materials called plasticizers. Latex products have their own set of similar oils. These “plasticizing” oils are an essential structural component of the material. Over time, plasticizers migrate to the surface of the material and evaporate; this is called “outgassing.”
As these plasticizers are lost, the material degrades and it becomes brittle, developing cracks and losing elasticity. Often colors will fade, yellow or become chalky. These are signs that the useable life of the product is being shortened. Latex products, such as dry suit seals, degrade in a similar manner.
UV light from the sun rapidly accelerates this process and also causes colors to fade. Summer heat is also a factor. This physical damage is unsightly and results in premature and expensive product replacement. We experience this degradation in many products including diving suits and gear, river rafts, inflatable boats and towables, float tubes, kayak skirts, PFD’s, pool and boat covers, automobile dashboards, convertible tops, fiberglass and plastic boats and canoes.
Are there other benefits to using UV Tech?
Yes. UV Tech makes materials resistant to dirt, ozone and other contaminants. Using UV Tech will make subsequent surface cleanings much easier.
How safe is UV Tech on different materials?
UV Tech is safe on all kinds of synthetic and latex materials including fabrics coated with urethane or silicone - see the lists below.
How often should I use UV Tech?
For best results, use UV Tech once every 30 to 45 days of sun exposure, though even a single coat of UV Tech is helpful. For latex dry suit seals, apply after every dive and before long-term storage. Products stored away from sunlight will not need to be treated as often (as in winter). The protection provided by UV Tech will survive several washings.
What are examples of items that benefit from UV Tech protection?
- Latex seals on dry suits
- Auto, RV and boat
- Dashboards and bumpers
- Wetsuits and fins
- River rafts and tubes
- Nylon Tarps and awnings
- Convertible auto tops and windows
- Auto and motorcycle seats
- Fiberglass kayaks and boats
- Pool covers
- PFDs and BCDs
- Boat covers
- Kayak spray skirts
- Outdoor furniture
- Nylon and vinyl inflatables
- Windsurfing sails
- Nylon and polyester flags and banners