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Gold Coast Marine Expo 2015

Norglass will be an exhibitor at the Gold Coast Marine Expo May 21st – 24th at the Gold Coast Marine Precinct located on Waterway Drive, Coomera, Queensland, Australia.

Come and see us at site no. 28 (opposite the Fish Tank Display) for our expert advice on Marine Coatings.

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Norglass at 2014 Geelong Wooden Boat Festival

Look out for the Norglass Stand at the Geelong Wooden Boat Festival from 6th – 9th March 2014 at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Saved from the scrap heap

This boat was sent to us from Inspirations Paint Gold Coast.

Destined for the scrap heap, this runabout is gliding across Gold Coast waters with a little help from Norglass Paints & Specialty Finishes products.

If it’s time to give that boat a new lease of life, drop in to your nearest Norglass stockist, the results will be as good as new.

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Northane... the perfect solution for your fishing boat

Norglass Northane is the optimum 2 pack paint for your fishing boat because it is totally non toxic and non tainting when cured. In addition to painting your boat it is also ideal for bait tanks, bilges, burly gear and other fishing aids.

Because Northane is a waterproof coating there is nothing to leach into the water and repel the fish you are trying to catch.

When used in the bilge of aluminium boats it also prevents electrolysis from occurring if a stray piece of copper wire, or sinkers, swivels, hooks, coins etc. accidentally find their way into the area.

With fibreglass boats, oxidising gelcoat and boat polishes can be as much of a deterrent as anti-fouling paint in a fishing zone, so using Northane can be considered a “Stealth” coating.

Northane is available in 16 standard colours including black, white & clear.

Our “How To” guides detail all the application data for every boat surface, and you can search for your nearest Norglass stockist via your postcode.

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A Minefield of “Expert” Misguided Information

A current discussion forum on the National 125 Sailing Association website produced some classic comments to a request for a recommendation about using a 2 pack paint for a 125 hull – see web link.

At the outset let me state that a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing… When soliciting information, there is no substitute for the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Whilst some of the suggestions made are sincere, others can put the user into a minefield of confusion, and result in an expensive repair and repaint, because of misguided comments.

It appalls me to hear and read such “professed statements” around the waterfront. It’s rife with “self-styled experts”, and it’s not just the cost of the product system used, it’s the multiplier costs of the rectification incurred. Just because someone says “I’ve been a painter for 20 years” does not validate their advice on the use of a product. Manufacturers of products have professionally qualified people to quantify, research, evaluate and design compatible systems for the substrate to be treated… with decades of expertise behind them.

Brand selection is a subjective choice, and can be made on availability and price, but the most important decision must be made on what the chosen manufacturer states in their literature. Accept the information and reject any user comments, no matter how well intended they may seem. Be wary of supplier comments or recommendations also, as these are often off the mark too. Confirm their statements with the manufacturer’s printed material, before proceeding. Often we get consumer calls with problems, where they have been sold, or used general purpose thinners instead of our stated one, and ended up having to rectify the job by re-coating. Do not mix and match different brands on the same job either, as incompatibility will render any manufacturers warranty void.

As the saying goes… when all else fails – read the instructions.

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Norglass brings the boat "How Bizarre" back to life

Hi Norglass, Thanks for the assistance and advice on the paint, the boat is finished at last using mainly Northane products, the 2 pack goes on beautifully and the roller worked fine on the deck to get the texture. Regards Greg H.

Thanks Greg, nice work!

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Visit Norglass at Australia's premier event for woodworking

Norglass will be exhibitors at the Sydney Timber & Working with Wood show, to be held from Friday 27th – Sunday 29th July, at The Dome, Cnr Showground Road and Murray Rose Avenue, Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush.

Visit us at the Wooden Boat Association stand and see how our products can enhance and protect your project.

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Winter is the best time to bring an old favorite back to life…

Whether you have a 40 foot yacht or an old wooden dinghy, the winter months are the perfect time to drag her out of the ocean & give her the once over she deserves.

A bit of elbow grease, the right product, advice & a systems approach will help the average “Do It Yourself” amateur achieve results every bit as good as the experts.

Because of the hundreds of variables over different types of boats and the climates & conditions they are exposed to, how to begin a repair & the technical details around it are vast. Getting it wrong can prove very expensive, however the right product and simple common sense advice will help avoid those DIY disasters that are all too common.

  • As a first step to achieving great results, make sure you understand the material you are working with, and the conditions in which you generally use your boat. Your boat may be made of timber, fibreglass, aluminium, steel or other, and each surface will react differently to the climate & conditions in which it is used. Established Marine brands, such as ours have informative “how to” guides on all surfaces available via this website. This will help sort out what your initial approach should be and the products required for the repair.
  • Don’t mix various paint company products. Where possible stick with the one brand all the way through for better, more cohesive results.
  • Preparation is key. Read surface preparation instructions carefully, these are on the label of the products you are using. If you do not understand the instructions, only take qualified advice, rather than accept hearsay advice. You can call our technical support line or speak to a qualified person at the store you purchased the product from.
  • Do not substitute solvents, use what is recommended. If using a 2 pack paint do not alter mixing ratios.
  • Do not cut corners or skip stages, use the number of coats recommended, and wait the recommended time between coats. Be aware of the conditions you are painting in, temperature and humidity can alter the characteristics of the paint.

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Dragon boats wear our colours

All Norglass products were used for the Redland Bay dragon boats in Queensland.

This sport is reputedly the second largest in the world with more than 50 million participants. The international governing body is campaigning for it to become an Olympic sport.

The origins of dragon boating extend back to over 2000 years ago in China. Qu Yuan, a poet and a patriot, protesting against corrupt government officials, drowned himself in the Mi-lo River. In China, on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month dragon boat festival events are held in honour of Qu Yuan. This custom has been adopted by the western world.

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Rosman Ferries use Norglass and look fantastic

Rosman Ferries fleet have been industry leaders for close to 90 years… A quote from their management says:

The Rosman boats are easily recognised because of their distinctive colour schemes and we take pride in their sparkling paint and rich varnished timber work.

These vessels ply Sydney Harbour 7 days a week on ferry services, charter cruises and island excursions… and are protected with Norglass Paints!

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Crossing the ditch with Norglass

With more than 2000 km of treacherous seas and dangerously unpredictable weather and currents, it was little wonder no-one had successfully crossed the Tasman by kayak. Two young Sydney-siders, James Castrission and Justin Jones, reached the sand at New Plymouth – and a place in history – on the 13th of January 2008, 62 days after they’d set off from Foster on the mid-north coast of NSW. And their kayak featured supreme endurance coatings from Norglass!

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