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New paint could mean lighter workloads - and lighter ships: The Navy is hoping that a new paint slatheri... #navy

New paint could mean lighter workloads - and lighter ships: The Navy is hoping that a new paint slatheri... #navy

ABOARD THE DESTROYER ROSS IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC OC — The Navy is hoping that a new paint slathering its way into the fleet will mean a little less chipping and painting for sailors. The sailors on the Ross have begun using the new polysiloxane topside coating — more complex than the classic haze gray. It’s a two-step paint that includes a resin and hardener that requires mixing and extra care when it’s applied — and it can last more than seven years. “It’s basically the same stuff they put on water towers so that graffiti can just be wiped away instead of repainting the whole thing every time,” said Ensign Anthony Joseph, the Ross’s first lieutenant, whose crew paints the bulk of the ship’s hull. “But you have to prep the surface correctly.” Joseph said when using the new paint, you have to rough-sand the surface to get it to stick. “Otherwise,” he said, “you can go back a...

Full article: http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140629/NEWS/306290029

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