TECHNICAL BULLETIN – 7/10/2017


Light Amplification

1. The sun can reflect off gel-coat surfaces causing damage to the product.
For certain applications and under certain conditions, the product applied in the cockpit and other areas with vertical surfaces and/or reflecting off hardware/stainless, etc., can expose marine decking to temperatures above the operational temperature of 165°F (73°C).
2. Lighter colors reduce the Light Amplification problem. However, it will not be covered under our standard warranty if Light Amplification occurs. Other material problems will still be covered.

3. After installation, the preferred method of storage is that the boat (or any other surface of application) be covered.

These non-skid decking pads are very durable, but they will last longer and the colors will fade more slowly if they are not exposed to the elements when not in use. Examples include keeping the boat; in a garage, covered with a canvas boat cover, in a covered boat slip, etc.

Situations to Avoid:
Inflatable pool toys or water bottles stored long-term on marine decking, or placing it near reflective surfaces or beneath glass installations. These objects can refract/reflect light, thereby concentrating the beams to a level which can be destructive to the anti-slip decking.

Example of Light Amplification effect occurrence.

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Reflection at certain angles

Concave areas of the gel-coat are where the occurrences are most likely.

Due to the geometry of certain surfaces, a focal point can develop.

The angle doesn’t matter. If the angle changes, the focal point can change as well.


Solution/Workaround for when these scenarios may be applicable to your application:

The problem can be stopped with the use of our product in the problem areas using simple geometry as shown in the application below.

During each design consultation of your project, our Design Consultation Specialist will assess your project to determine if there are any areas of concern, and determine whether or not additional steps need to be taken in order to reduce the possibilities of Light Amplification from occurring.