You are unsure as to which system is best suited to your boat? This short introduction will hopefully provide a helpful overview.
Paints usually have three main tasks;
One component products consist exclusively of binding agent molecules that are held apart by solvent molecules. Once the 1-C product is applied the solvent escapes into the air leaving the binding matter to form a dry film. This process is reversible, meaning the binder can be disolved again and again…
Two component products are also made up of binders and solvents, however, they can only be put to use in combination with a curing agent. Otherwise they will not be able to dry adequately. The 2-C product is applied to the surface and the binding molecules react with the curing agent, forming a dense, non-reversible, web of particles. As a result 2-C products are very resistant.
Hardeners, or curing agents, are not all the same. For every type of binder there is a „tailor made“ hardener which must be applied in the correct dosage.
There are a number of 1-C products that also have a non-reversible drying process, reacting chemically to the absorbtion of oxygen. Products such as alkyd paints and aqueous acrylics fall into this category.