A few years ago, we wrote about a new water-based sealant that was supposed to be used on boats, and since then it’s been a big hit.
It’s a sealant called T-Phenol (pronounced t-PEE-lee-oh), which is water-resistant, chemically stable, and pretty much odorless.
It can be used to seal out the worst of water pollution and mold from a boat, as well as prevent odors and other contaminants from leaking into the cabin, or to protect paint from water damage.
The problem with T-phenol is that it’s a very light, water-repellent material.
You can’t even get it wet with any regular water, let alone soak it for a couple of hours.
So, you have to apply it to the boat itself.
And once applied, T-phenol is quite difficult to remove.
That’s the point.
Water-resistant and easily absorbed, T. phenol can be quite expensive.
That makes it even harder to justify its purchase.
That, in turn, has led some to question whether the sealant was worth the money.
To test the effectiveness of T-phiol as a sealer in the water, we decided to apply T-philol to a sample of a large-size sailboat.
We were told that the boat would be tested for water clarity and other characteristics after we’d applied the sealants.
Unfortunately, after only 15 minutes of testing, TPH-1 was able to penetrate the boat’s hull, and when we tried to remove it with a standard spray, we discovered that it was impossible.
The test boat was also not equipped with a sealor.
In short, TPD-1 (pronoun-PRAY-uh) is just a water-resisting water-proofing sealant, which is pretty bad news for those of us who like to have our boat thoroughly sealed.
In a follow-up test, we used TPD2, which has been the most popular sealant on boats.
It has similar performance characteristics to TPD1, but it is a much lighter, water resistant, and more water-efficient sealant.
And for those interested, TPE-1 is also water- and dust-resistant.
And TPD5 is a slightly better choice, because it’s available in both water-absorbent and dustproof formulations.
So let’s talk about how the sealers work.
Water and Dust Solubility.
TPD, TPh, and TPE are all water-absorbing materials.
TPH is water repellent, which means that it will absorb moisture from the environment and stay wet even if the water gets really cold.
TPE, on the other hand, is a very, very strong, water repelling material.
It doesn’t absorb water at all.
That means that if the boat is submerged in water, the sealer will not only hold it in place, it will also hold it very well.
So why do we care about water absorption?
Because it can actually prevent some of the worst effects of the water pollution we’re all living with on the oceans.
That includes odors, which tend to come from dirty, old boats and boats that have accumulated pollution, as shown in the photo below.
As you can see, TPO-1, TP-1 and TPD are all excellent at holding their shape and their properties as they soak into the hull.
But, TPR-1 has the best water absorption properties, at least when it comes to odors.
And if you’re a boat enthusiast, you know what this means: you can get an excellent sealant for your boat that’s not only waterproof but also very effective.
It just so happens that this particular sealant also happens to be the most water-neutral of all of the sealings we tested.
And that means it’s also water repeller-resistant too.
This is important, because if you apply TPH to a boat without a seal, you’re probably using it on the hull, which can lead to water contamination.
If you apply a TPH sealant to the hull of a boat you’ve been cruising, you’ll likely find that the hull is not only more water resistant but also more water repelled, and thus less likely to get into your boat’s waterlogged areas.
But that’s what happens when you’re not using the seal that’s in the boat, so you’re using a seal that hasn’t been properly sealed.
Water Absorbent Sealants, Dust-Absorbent Seals, and Other Water-Soluble Sealants Water-solubility is important to seal the hull from water.
That water is the most likely thing to contaminate it.
And when you put it into a water tank or a container, you can