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Black Pearl by Name, Black Pearl by Color


Following the owner’s request to build and coat their latest yacht with a Tahitian black pearl finish, Diverse Projects NZ chose Awlcraft SE, the Awlgrip effect topcoat system, to achieve these wishes. The successful launch of the stunning 31.5 m “Black Pearl” superyacht marks the first significant application of Awlcraft SE in the Asia Pacific region.

New Zealand’s Diverse Project build team spent over 200,000 man hours, 5 staircases, 3 decks and over 3,000 litres of Awlgrip products to build the “Black Pearl”. To create the perfect foundation for the finish, Diverse Projects applied the full Awlgrip exterior finishing system which included Awlgrip primers (High Build Epoxy Primer & Ultra Build Epoxy Primer), Awlgrip fillers (Awlfair LW & Awlfair Surfacing Filler) and Awlgrip Surfacers (High Build Epoxy Primer & Awlquik Epoxy Primer). Along with these Diverse Projects also used the revolutionary Awlcraft SE Topcoat system to provide the pearl effect finish.

In order to ensure the ultimate finish on “Black Pearl”, Brent Gribble, Technical Sales Representative-NZ in conjunction with Michael Stacey, Yacht Business Manager NZ, delivered extensive training on Awlcraft SE with the staff and application crew of Diverse Projects. As well as training and technical advice Brent also regularly reviewed and refreshed all aspects of the painting process with Diverse Projects, creating a close working relationship that will continue to deliver more yachts like “Black Pearl”.

Awlgrip is proud to have been able to contribute to the success of this project and we look forward to other exciting opportunities with Diverse Projects in the future.