Adaptive Surface Technologies, Inc. Announces Product Availability of SLIPS® Foul Protect™ N1x Marine Bottom Paint

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Environmentally friendly anti-biofouling bottom paint provides fuel savings and multi-season performance for freshwater and saltwater vessels

Adaptive Surface Technologies, Inc. (AST), a Cambridge, MA-based industrial technology company that produces the SLIPS® line of materials and coatings used for a wide range of industrial, marine, and medical applications, today announced the availability of its newest product, SLIPS® Foul Protect™ N1x. Designed for both freshwater and saltwater vessels, structures, and other equipment, SLIPS® Foul Protect™ N1x sets a new performance standard for non-toxic and environmentally friendly marine bottom paint. The product uses AST’s patented modular fouling-resistant coatings technologies to create an ultra-smooth, slippery surface that algae, barnacles, mussels and other fouling typically present on submerged surfaces are reluctant to adhere to and are easily removed by natural water flow or during regular maintenance.

“SLIPS® Foul Protect™ N1x represents over two years of product development and global testing to create a superior product that lasts multiple seasons, improves fuel efficiency, and isn’t harmful to the environment like so many of the existing copper-based solutions today,” said David Ward, CEO of Adaptive Surface Technologies, Inc. “We want boat owners to spend more time on the water and less time hindered by downtime incurred by cleaning, maintenance and general upkeep, and we are incredibly excited to launch this product and get N1x onto the hulls of recreational and commercial boats around the globe.”

SLIPS® Foul Protect™ N1x provides marine vessel owners and operators a number of benefits above existing solutions on the market today, including:

  • Fuel Savings: SLIPS® Foul Protect™ N1x’s superior performance and smooth surface helps boaters go faster and save up to 8% of fuel use.
  • Multi-Season Performance: N1x does not have any copper or other ablative biocides that deplete over time, so it is able to maintain peak performance for much longer than traditional anti-fouling paints.
  • An Environmentally Friendly Solution to Biofouling: Since it is non-toxic and does not contain any biocides, N1x does not kill organisms. It simply presents a surface wildlife cannot stick to. Plus, lower fuel consumption means less CO2 being emitted into the atmosphere.

SLIPS® Foul Protect™ N1x is available today for order at The product will begin shipping to customers on April 15.

AST has been supported by the US Department of Energy’s ARPA-E program, which assisted in developing AST’s 2017 first generation SLIPS® Foul Protect™ N1 paint which had successful field trials in 2018. You can see a demo of AST’s first-generation SLIPS® Foul Protect™ N1 product on Vimeo here:

The new SLIPS® Foul Protect™ N1x is one of the second-generation marine products based around the SLIPS® technology, coming from Adaptive Surface Technologies, Inc.

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About Adaptive Surface Technologies
A world leader in repellent surfaces, Adaptive Surface Technologies, Inc. is a Cambridge, MA-based industrial technology company that produces the SLIPS® line of materials and coatings used for a wide range of industrial, marine, and medical applications. Our innovative coatings and cleaning maintenance systems create a slippery, fully liquid layer on surfaces that repel fluids, contaminants, and biological fouling agents. For more information, visit