The coatings used included Interfill 830 – a high strength and impact resistant epoxy – as well as a new topcoat system from our International range, One UP and Toplac Plus.
Adds Jody: “These products didn’t just give the Bedford a high quality finish, their superior flow also meant they could be applied using a brush or roller, which made it quicker and easier for the NEMT team to use.”
The NEMT believes the vessel is the only complete example in the world of an evolution in lifeboat design, which includes her wooden wheel carriage, oars, and life-saving equipment.
Commenting on the collaboration, the NEMT’s Dave Parker says: “We were thrilled when AkzoNobel approached us and offered to donate the coatings. The Bedford is an integral part of our maritime history and we’re delighted that the restoration has been completed. I can’t thank the AkzoNobel team enough for all their expert guidance and support during the project.”
The Bedford has now been put into safe storage until a permanent location is found for public viewing.