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Q: What is Ship-2-Shore dielectric anti-corrosion film?

A: Ship-2-Shore is a dielectric fluid thin film that cures as a dynamic and non-hardening, dripless and self healing coating. Ship-2-Shore films make excellent general purpose anti-corrosion, water proofing, penetrant, anti-sieze, high pressure lubricant.

Q: Dynamic and non-hardening?

A: Ship-2-Shore fluid thin film remains wet (wet film), never hardening, allowing base metal to expand and contract without cracking or separation. Ship-2-Shore films migrate to fill cracks, scrapes, joints, seams and voids. Native electromagnetic attraction to base metal ensures Ship-2-Shore films displace moisture and penetrate corrosion and contaminants.

Q: Dielectric to 40,000 volts?

A: Ship-2-Shore PLID will not conduct current at 40,000 volts (S2S Industrial tested to 9800 volts) or less nor permit electrolysis. Ideal for electrical, electronics, lighting, wire, motors, tools, machinery, insulated pipe, oil & gas, etc.

Q: What are Ship-2-Shore films best used for?

A: Corrosion proof, waterproof and lubricate: electronics, electrical, circuit boards, lighting, radios, wire, connectors, switches, motors, machinery, transformers, tools & equipment, chain drives, vehicles, semi-trucks & trailers, firearms...nuts, bolts & fasteners, joints, seams, welds, cracks, crevices, voids, insulated pipe, steel, steel alloy, stainless steel, galvanized, aluminum, tin, iron, copper...

Ideal for marine: vessels & barges, deck equipment, bilge, keel, voids, drive shaft tunnel, engine compartment, lazzarette, sponsons, fore peak, rudder (float coat), anchor chain, chain locker, winch...

Q: Will Ship-2-Shore films stop electrolysis between dissimilar metals?

A: Yes. Ship-2-Shore films are dielectric to 40,000 volts and shut down electrolysis between dissimilar metals.

Q: How do I buy Ship-2-Shore films?

A: OptiSeal Australia is in the process of setting up a supply chain in Australia through specialist distributors capable of adequately servicing key market segments. We import the product in bulk and are happy to assist in helping you identify the best source of supply. We are happy to receive enquiries from companies with an interest and capability to service key markets for the S2S range. Current options are:

  • Ship-2-Shore PLID aerosol 180 g can – 12 per Box (Thin & Industrial)
  • Ship-2-Shore PLID bulk 20 litre pail (Thin, Industrial & HD)
  • Ship-2-Shore PLID Wrap 50mm x 9.1M

Other formats to follow including Wipes, contact us at Optiseal to discuss your requirements.

Q: 100% Satisfaction Guarantee?

A: We strive to ensure your complete satisfaction with our product and performance. If you have any concerns or are not completely satisfied, please let us know. We'll try our best to make it right and if we can't will cheerfully refund you on return of product.

Q: How is Ship-2-Shore applied?

A: Apply Ship-2-Shore films with aerosol spray as supplied or brush, airless paint sprayer, roller or mop.

Guide for Estimating Required:

PLID Thin FilmPLID IndustrialPLID HDPLID Float Coat
Coverage M2 per Litre6.53.524.6
Thickness in Microns0.025 to 0.050.20 to 0.250.45 to 0.500.025 to 0.05
Salt Spray Test Hours/Years lasting100/1300/31000/10500/5

Q: What preparation is required?

A: Little preparation is required. Ensure no loose debris present and apply. Ship-2-Shore can be applied to damp surfaces - displaces water - and will penetrate existing scale. Heavy flaky rust scale and loose paint should be removed as it will start falling off after a few weeks/months taking S-2-S with it leaving a dry, unprotected surface which may require a touch-up.

Q: How long will Ship-2-Shore films last?

A: Ship-2-Shore films are well known to be long lasting. Depending on the environment and specific application PLID aerosol can last up to two years, PLID bulk up to five years and Industrial 10 years or longer. There are many applications Ship-2-Shore Industrial continues to perform after more than 20 years.

Q: Environment friendly?

A: Yes. Ship-2-Shore films are non-hazardous, non flammable nor toxic to fish in low concentration. They contain only a small percentage solvent (9%) with 91% active ingredient. Ship-2-Shore PLID aerosol uses propane as a propellant. Propane is flammable and can explode, as with any aerosol product. Handle with care. Refer to PLID Aerosol MSDS.

Q: What is PLID Float Coat?

A: PLID float coat is the bulk fluid and method used to apply PLID rust inhibitor to difficult or unsafe to access voids, tanks, rudders, etc. Ship-2-Shore PLID has an attraction to steel much like a magnet. It can be "floated" into or on water to coat those areas (sides and tops) that are difficult to access or apply a rust inhibitor coating.

Q: Will Ship-2-Shore remove rust?

A: Ship-2-Shore is not formulated to remove rust. When applied Ship-2-Shore will stop oxidation 100%. It will penetrate rust and corrosion scale to the base metal, loosening and easing removal.

Q: Will Ship-2-Shore films eliminate condensation?

A: No. But, Ship-2-Shore films can be applied to those surfaces and areas prone to condensation and dampness to prevent rust and corrosion occurring.

Q: Can I apply Ship-2-Shore films to a painted surface? Will it harm the paint?

A: Ship-2-Shore PLID or Industrial can be applied over paint as a "wet film" corrosion protective coating for deck equipment on vessels or equipment operating in other corrosive environments. Ship-2-Shore films migrate into cracks and chips in paint to prevent rusting. While PLID looks red in the bottle and Industrial brown, both cure transparent. Ship-2-Shore films will not fade or discolour paint.

Q: How do I get Ship-2-Shore film off if I want to repaint later?

A: Ship-2-Shore can be removed with a good bio-degradable cleaner, high alkaline detergent, mild solvent and high pressure washer.

Q: Are Ship-2-Shore films suitable for hand guns and firearms? Fishing reels?

A: Ship-2-Shore PLID aerosol makes an excellent light duty gun oil for regular cleanings after use. Use Ship-2-Shore Industrial as your heavy oil for more thorough cleaning that requires a superior corrosion inhibitor and lubricant. An excellent, long lasting, corrosion & waterproofing lubricant for fishing reels as well.

Q: Can I weld after having applied Ship-2-Shore?

A: Of course it's always best to weld before applying Ship-2-Shore films but unfortunately stuff happens. Ship-2-Shore films require up to 48 hours for solvent to "flash" off, dissipate and the film to cure. Ensure enclosed spaces are properly ventilated. Once the product has cured it is safe to weld. However, it is always advisable to have a fire watch and undertake appropriate precautions when welding metal coated with Ship-2-Shore films.

Q: Are Ship-2-Shore films hazardous, flammable or toxic?

A: Ship-2-Sore films are rated non-hazardous, non-flammable and non-toxic to fish (96-HL C50 bio-assay). They are a class 3 flammable with no special precautions required. *Please note - Ship-2-Shore PLID Aerosol use propane as the propellant. Propane is flammable and can explode, as with any aerosol product. Handle with care. Refer to PLID Aerosol MSDS.

Q: Are there materials Ship-2-Shore films are not compatible with?

A: Ship-2-Shore films are not compatible with oxidizing agents: eg. chlorine, liquid nitrogen and others. Natural rubber such as found in car door seals and butyl, which can be used to hold and seal auto windshields in place. Other rubber products such as seals may swell slightly but no deterioration should occur. A slight amount applied to old or hard rubber seals may help to rejuvenate them.

Q: Can Ship-2-Shore films be used to prevent corrosion on electronics and other electrical devices?

A: Yes, PLID has been sprayed onto computer boards, into alternators, generators, fuse panels, breakers etc. with excellent results, corrosion has been prevented and these units continue to operate fine. Industrial or PLID applied in electrical plugs has prevented corrosion and eliminated intermittent electrical problems. CAUTION: When applying with Aerosol the propellant is flammable, ensure electrical devices that may cause a spark are turned off when applying. A spark may cause an explosion or fire. b. Avoid spraying friction devices like drive belts and clutches. c.Avoid computer screens and speakers.

Q: Can Ship-2-Shore films be used as wire rope dressing?

A: Yes. Ship-2-Shore Industrial makes an excellent wire rope dressing. It will penetrate to the core of the wire, inhibit rust and provide lubrication.

Q: Can Ship-2-Shore films be used as lubricant?

A: Ship-2-Shore PLID is an extreme pressure lubricant and is suitable for high load applications such as chains, fishing reels etc. Ship-2-Shore Industrial is a good general-purpose lube not only lubricating but preventing rust at the same time. Deck Winch gears and such.

Q: Can Ship-2-Shore films be painted over?

A: Not recommended. A light coating of PLID or Industrial can be painted over using a spray application; the paint will not be tightly adhered so it should not be done where abrasion or foot traffic is expected. A very successful practice has been to: hand tool prepare the metal (wire brush or needle gun), apply a porous primer, then top coat with Industrial. Industrial soaks through and prevents rusting of the metal under the paint.

Q: Once applied, how long can Ship-2-Shore films be expected to last?

A: Ship-2-Shore Industrial in an aggressive environment exposed to constant water wash, estimate four years. When exposed to direct all day UV's (sun), three to five years or more. Ballast water tanks, four. When ballast tanks are empty some water usually remains in the bottom splashing around with the motion of the ship causing water wash, the bottom and one or two feet up the sides may require reapplication every four years. Preparation before reapplication should be minimal. Inside the hull of a barge or ship: twenty-five years Rust FREE and counting. Ship-2-Shore PLID "Float Coat" is utilized in hollow rudders, sponsons and other.

Q: What is the recommended coating thickness?

A: Coating thickness: Ship-2-Shore Industrial 0.05 to 0.25mm (50-250 Micron). Surfaces free of rust scale and heavy dirt, 0.05 to 0.12mm (50 to 120 Micron). Aggressive environments like direct sun exposure, rain and wind may need a heavier coat of 0.12 to 0.25mm (120 to 250 Micron). When old, very dry looking metal is coated, ensure a little extra Ship-2-Shore is applied as it will soak into the pores of the old metal. When applying or floating through a small crack or opening several applications may be required as the necessary volume of material cannot get through the opening at one time to cover the entire inside surface. It is best to use the Thin Film for penetrating cracked or open surfaces (like wire ropes) and then, once penetrated adequately, can cover with a thicker version, if so required.

Q: How do Ship-2-Shore films stop rust and corrosion?

A: A rust cell is similar to a battery; there is an anode, cathode and a path for current. A transfer of electrons takes place causing reduction in the metal thickness. Ship-2-Shore films eliminate the path for electrons (water for instance), scavenging oxygen from the surface leaving an ultra-thin, semi liquid, dielectric barrier coating that acts as a liquid insulator. preventing the transfer of electrons and thereby shutting down the rust cell.

For further advice about the range of Thin Film, Industrial Thick Film, Thick Film, Float Coat or PLID Wrap, give us a call on (03) 9587 6022 or drop us a line!

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