Once upon a time, a substandard paint job was difficult to prove. However, there’s now a way for the yachting industry to objectively measure (and ultimately control) surface texture; a major contributor to how a painted surface is perceived. Here, Joop Ellenbroek explains why now is the time to turn to wavescan technology for the perfect finish.
What is wavescan technology?
It all comes down to the finish. A high quality paint finish is described by its brilliance and smoothness, often referred to as DOI (Distinctness of Image). However, while paint technology has delivered very high gloss liquid coatings, there are still problems controlling waviness in the final surface appearance of paint finishes.
When a paint job results in a wavy, light-and-dark pattern hiding somewhere in the paint, it is bad news. The so-called “orange peel” finish is unsightly and costly and time-consuming to fix, especially if the product gets all the way to the owner before being noticed. However, until recently there were no instruments available for objectively measuring the surface texture. It all came down to individual opinion, which could often lead to disputes.