Flexcrete Biodex HB – a high build, matt finish, hygiene coating with encapsulated biocide and silver ion technology – has been chosen for one of Asia’s leading scuba diving resorts. The state-of-the-art coating was specified for protection of the walls and ceilings of the kitchen and restaurant areas at the five star El Galleon Beach Resort in Puerto Galera, Philippines. At Puerto Galera there are said to be more varieties of fish than can be found in the entire Red Sea, as well as a greater variety of corals than in the Great Barrier Reef, so El Galleon and its Dive School attracts visitors from all around the world.
El Galleon has a restaurant which extends to the water’s edge, and as the resort was first opened some 20 years ago, an effective refurbishment solution was required. Puerto Galera has a humid, tropical climate with high temperatures in the Summer months, so it was important that the chosen wall and ceiling covering could withstand the extreme conditions and provide effective hygienic protection for many years.
Biodex HB could be safely applied over the existing painted surface to provide a hygienic, seamless, easy clean finish. The coating is elastomeric and vapour permeable, so doesn’t crack or flake when subjected to condensation or temperature changes and allows for moisture vapour release – an important consideration in this project. It also affords excellent adhesion to the existing substrate, requires no primer and remains unaffected in conditions of elevated humidity. Biodex HB is proven to combat against the growth of mould, bacteria and yeasts, slowing releasing biocidal ingredients into the coating film, and because it is waterborne and non-toxic, it could be safely applied in the kitchen and restaurant areas with no hazards to the guests in the resort. Down-time was kept to an absolute minimum and the restaurant was up and running within 24 hours of application of the coating.