Awlgrip HDT was put through its paces during the last Volvo Ocean Race

Dutch paints and performance coatings maker AkzoNobel has launched Awlgrip HDT, a single-stage repairable topcoat.

The company says its latest product “passed the toughest of tests when it was put through its paces during the last edition of the Volvo Ocean Race”.

It says Awlgrip HDT – it stands for high-definition technology – is a blend of a hard, durable finish (Awlgrip topcoat) and Awlcraft 2000, a “slightly softer, repairable finish that contains lower volatile organic compounds than traditional topcoats”.

Awlgrip HDT can be supplied in any colour through AkzoNobel’s Awlmix centres.

It is a “high-performance, mirror-like, single-stage coating which allows owners to protect their boat with a stunning, long-lasting finish,” says Jean Michel Gauthier, AkzoNobel’s Global Business Director for Marine, Protective and Yacht Coatings. “Awlgrip HDT will give yacht owners a longer lasting and easier to maintain finish.”

Available now in North America and Europe, the launch of Awlgrip HDT follows last October’s introduction of Awlgrip HDT polyurethane clearcoat can be used over the full range of Awlcraft SE basecoats.

Amsterdam-based AkzoNobel markets paints and coatings worldwide under a broad range of brand names. It is active in over 150 countries and employs 34,500 people.