One of the most environmentally damaging aspects of traditional boating maintenance involves the periodic need to apply anti-fouling paint to your vessel’s hull.
The first step in this process usually involves removing the old paint.
Various methods have been used to accomplish this task, and until recently they all had a very negative environmental impact.
Sanding and sandblasting are one of the most widely used techniques to remove old bottom paint. This technique almost always produces a toxic cloud that is difficult to keep from drifting into the nearby waterways, and of course the atmosphere.
Heat guns have been used with varying degrees of success, however, heating a substance like paint to the melting point produces all sorts of noxious fumes.
Applying chemical compounds designed to weaken and dissolve paint so it can later be scraped off is another frequently used means of removing old paint.
Needless to say, these traditional strippers were designed with very little thought to how they would affect the environment. The active ingredient in most of them is methylene chloride, a known carcinogen.
Using good old fashioned ingenuity, however, a group of folks have harnessed compounds crafted by Mother Nature to create a product that works as well or better than the toxic, synthetic versions.
Made in America by the good people at Franmar, SOY Gel™ Paint & Urethane Remover is soybean-based and does a nasty job with ease.
More importantly, it works without causing harm to the environment or those folks using it. hulls. It has no odor, and a very low evaporation rate.
Franmar SOY Gel™ Paint & Urethane Remover is a clean, green, and simple solution to remove Paint & Urethane. Coverage area – up to 200 sq. ft. per gallon horizontally and up to 150 sq. ft. per gallon vertically.
This Solvent based remover with NO Methylene Chloride, Caustics, Acids or MEK’s. Leaves no chemical residue, needs no neutralizing. Stays wet for extended periods of time. Will not harm gel coating. Will not burn or blister the skin. Meets EPA National Clean Marina Guidelines.
A Story of Invention and Innovation…
Soy’s ability to replace highly toxic and expensive petrochemicals provides a safer, more economical world. Using natural products that do the job, safely and affordably fuels a change- for the better – to cleaning techniques and philosophies throughout the planet.
Today, many call this “Green.”
Franmar has now gained worldwide acclaim for its effective, economical, and safe product lines—all developed to benefit workers and their environment.
Owners Frank and Marilyn are still very involved in the company. They work closely with their executive team to keep the deep-rooted values of hard work and service excellence as a company priority.
Throughout its 25-year history, Franmar has worked closely with the United Soybean Board, even occasionally receiving some USB research and development funds.
Farmers participate in the USB soybean checkoff, whereby they collectively invest a portion of their profits to fund soy research and promotion.
With assistance from USB checkoff funds for R&D, combined with Franmar’s own R&D and marketing funds, Franmar has very successfully increased the market for products made from soy oil.