Clear System is a two-step process to ensure timber work can handle outdoor environments. This system provides long term protection with the correct preparation. It may require recoating after two or three years to ensure long term protection. This is achieved using BOTE-COTE Marine Epoxy System with non-yellowing hardener; as a waterproof coating and the AQUACOTE polyurethane which has excellent UV Resistance to achieve a clear finish that will last a several years in full sun with minimal loss of gloss.
BOTE- COTE Sealing coat
BOTE- COTE Marine Epoxy System is the Australian developed and manufactured epoxy. The Epoxy preserves timber's natural beauty and warmth. The BOTE- COTE with the non-yellowing hardener is used to enhance clear exterior finishes and seals the timber making it waterproof and stabilising the timber with a minimum of three coats applied. BOTE- COTE is an easy to use 2:1 mixing ratio, which is a low toxic formulation free of amine blush under all climatic conditions. A major safety feature is that it is solvent free and therefore is non-flammable. Epoxies have no UV resistance and must be over coated or it will start to deteriorate within 3 to 6 months.
AQUACOTE Clear Topcoat
The topcoat is a water based two pack polyurethane called Aquacote. Aquacote is very tough and scratch resistant with very high UV resistance. At least three (3) coats of Aquacote are required for longevity of the finish and the more coats applied the higher the gloss achieved. It takes approximately four days to fully cure and is so tough it can be buffed. It is an advanced technology product which has proven itself under test conditions at Townsville with the report that it has achieved 5+ years with minimal loss of gloss in full sun. These results are based on correct application of the Bote-Cote and Aquacote.
The items below are a laminated tiller & Teak seat from the yacht SYLVARA. Both are sealed with Bote-Cote Non-Yellowing Epoxy Resin then sanded to 240 grit sand paper, and coated with 3 coats of Clear AQUACOTE. These will now provide several years of service in full sun without the worry of failure or recoating, unless the surface is damaged or there was inadequate thickness of Bote Cote in the sealing coat and moisture finds its way into the wood.
Information Fact Sheet
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- 4~ AQUACOTE TIPS
- Working With Modern Technology Epoxies
A Teardrop Caravan built with Clear System. Photo Taken after three years use.
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In February 2017, DRIVE Marine sponsored the Novice Canoe Build at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival. Multiple teams were tasked…See the Project
Finished with Aquacote and Clear System The Customer who built the Dolphin 12 in the photos above and below came…See the Project
A Bedside Table created for another HSC major project achieved a Band 6! It was manufactured from 3mm MDF and…See the Project
I thought you might like to see the canoe completed recently by a year 12 student at my school. I…See the Project
One of our customers makes solid timber musical instruments using our products. He is a school teacher who teaches music.…See the Project
The above two images of the Chess Table was created as a students HSC major work and achieved a Band…See the Project
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A few impressive before-and-after photos of a very proud customer's 125 sailing dinghy. This customer had no previous boat building…See the Project
The Computer hard drive cover shown above was another students HSC major work and achieved a Band 5. It was…See the Project
A new build from plans only of a 19ft trailerable sailing dory, of timber and ply construction, fibreglass and epoxy…See the Project
Gary built and designed this canoe made out of 1.5mm hoop marine ply and carbon fibre 50mm tape for the…See the Project
The Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) was created for HSC and features a sunrise over the water. The student achieved a…See the Project