If your next bath or spa purchase isn’t coated with Gelcoat, then you’re simply purchasing an inferior product.
Baths and spas have traditionally been coated with Acrylic which although being cost-effective, is prone to wear, chips, crazing, blistering, scratches and fading over time, resulting in the need for expensive repair, resurfacing, reglazing or even complete bath replacement.
At AQVA we have addressed the shortcomings of Acrylic by fabricating our baths and spas with Gelcoat.
Commonly used in marine craft and aircraft industries, Gelcoat is a material used to provide a high-quality finish on the visible surface of a fibre-reinforced composite material.
Gelcoats are modified resins which are applied to moulds in the liquid state and once cured, form crosslinked polymers and are subsequently backed with composite polymer matrices, often mixtures of polyester resin and fibreglass or epoxy resin with glass. Simply put, this results in a bath or spa with stronger structural density that provides a typical lifespan of 20-30 years as opposed to Acrylic’s 5-10 years.
The manufactured component, when sufficiently cured and removed from the mold, presents the gelcoated surface. This provides a glossy surface which improves the aesthetic appearance and durability of every AQVA bath and spa.
Applied during the final stages of fabrication, we apply Gelcoat evenly to create an outer layer, typically 0.5 mm to 0.8 mm thick. This results in a bath or spa that is resistant to the typical wear that affects other manufacturing processes, is easily polishable, UV and fade resistant and is designed to shine “bright white” for life.