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Interswift 655

Patented, TBT free, self polishing antifouling system incorporating unique Copper Acrylate SPC (Self Polishing Copolymer) technology.


For use at Newbuilding or Maintenance & Repair.
In European countries where antifouling registration legislation does not permit the use of BMA002, BMA003, BMA004, BMA008, BMA009, then BMA022, BMA023, BMA024, BMA028, BMA029 must be used. Consult separate data sheet.


BMA002-Blue, BMA003-Green, BMA004-Dark Red, BMA008-Brown, BMA009-Black

Finish/Sheen Not applicable
Part B (Curing Agent) Not applicable
Volume Solids 58% ±2% (ISO 3233:1998)
Mix Ratio Not applicable
Typical Film Thickness

125 microns dry (216 microns wet)

Theoretical Coverage

4.64 m2/litre at 125 microns dft, allow appropriate loss factors

Method of Application Airless Spray, Brush, Roller
Flash Point

Single Pack 28°C

Drying Information

  Substrate Temperature
  5°C 10°C 25°C 35°C
Touch Dry [ISO 1517:73] 4.5 hrs 4 hrs 2 hrs 1.5 hrs
Before Flooding 24 hrs 24 hrs 12 hrs 12 hrs

Overcoating Data

see limitations

Overcoated By Substrate Temperature
10°C 25°C 35°C
  Min Max Min Max Min Max Min Max
Intersmooth 7460HS SPC 12 hrs ext 10 hrs ext 6 hrs ext 4 hrs ext
Interswift 655 12 hrs ext 10 hrs ext 6 hrs ext 4 hrs ext


For Intersmooth 360, 365, 460, 465 and 7465HS SPC follow the overcoating interval data given for Intersmooth 7460HS SPC. When BMA002-Blue, BMA003-Green and BMA009-Black are overcoated with themselves a maximum overcoating interval of 1 month must be observed. (see Limitations)



VOC 381 g/lt as supplied (EPA Method 24)
207 g/kg of liquid paint as supplied. EU Solvent Emissions Directive (Council Directive 1999/13/EC)


VOC values are typical and are provided for guidance purposes only. These may be subject to variation depending on factors such as differences in colour and normal manufacturing tolerances.



When used as part of an approved scheme, this material has the following certification:

Product recognised by the following classification societies as compliant with the International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-fouling Systems on Ships, 2001 (AFS 2001):

  • Lloyds Register

  • Germanischer Lloyd

  • Korean Register of Shipping

  • Det Norske Veritas

  • Bureau Veritas

    Consult your International Paint representative for details.


Consult your International Paint representative for the system best suited for the surfaces to be protected.


Use in accordance with the standard Worldwide Marine Specifications.
All surfaces to be coated should be clean, dry and free from contamination.
High pressure fresh water wash or fresh water wash, as appropriate, and remove all oil or grease, soluble contaminants and other foreign matter in accordance with SSPC-SP1 solvent cleaning.


Interswift 655 should always be applied over a recommended primer coating scheme. The primer surface should be dry and free from all contamination, and Interswift 655 must be applied within the overcoating intervals specified (consult the relevant product data sheet).Areas of breakdown, damage etc., should be prepared to the specified standard (e.g. Sa21⁄2 (ISO 8501-1:2007) and primed prior to the application of Interswift 655


Application of Interswift 655 over self:
Clean the entire area with close high pressure fresh water washing using a fan-jet lance held close to the surface

(3,000 p.s.i., 211 kg/cm2) as soon as the vessel enters dock and before it dries out.
Consult International Paint for alternative methods of surface preparation.
Repair corroded areas with the recommended anticorrosive primer system and apply Interswift 655 within the overcoating interval specified for the primer (consult relevant primer data sheets).

Application of Interswift 655 over International Paint TBT-Free, International Paint Intersmooth SPC or competitors antifoulings:

Consult your International Paint representative for specific recommendations.



This material is a one pack coating and should always be mixed thoroughly with a power agitator before application.


Not recommended. Use International GTA007 only in exceptional circumstances and as advised by the International Paint Technical Service representative. DO NOT thin more than allowed by local environmental legislation.

Airless Spray

Tip Range 0.46-0.66 mm (18-26 thou)
Total output fluid pressure at spray tip not less than 176 kg/cm2 (2500 p.s.i.)

Conventional Spray

Application by conventional spray is not recommended.


Application by brush is recommended for small areas only. Multiple coats may be required to achieve specified film thickness.


Application by roller is recommended for small areas only. Multiple coats may be required to achieve specified film thickness.


International GTA007

Work Stoppages and Cleanup

Thoroughly flush all equipment with GTA007. All unused material should be stored in tightly closed containers. Partially filled containers may show surface skinning and/or a viscosity increase of the material after storage. Material should be filtered prior to use.


In the event welding or flame cutting is performed on metal coated with this product, dust and fumes will be emitted which will require the use of appropriate personal protective equipment and adequate local exhaust ventilation. In North America do so in accordance with instruction in ANSI/ASC Z49.1 "Safety in Welding and Cutting."


All work involving the application and use of this product should be performed in compliance with all relevant national Health, Safety & Environmental standards and regulations.

Prior to use, obtain, consult and follow the Material Safety Data Sheet for this product concerning health and safety information. Read and follow all precautionary notices on the Material Safety Data Sheet and container labels. If you do not fully understand these warnings and instructions or if you can not strictly comply with them, do not use this product. Proper ventilation and protective measures must be provided during application and drying to keep solvent vapour concentrations within safe limits and to protect against toxic or oxygen deficient hazards. Take precautions to avoid skin and eye contact (ie. gloves, goggles, face masks, barrier creams etc.) Actual safety measures are dependant on application methods and work environment.


If the following maximum recommended exposure times before flooding are exceeded, antifouling performance may be impaired:
Tropical conditions - 3 months
Temperate conditions - 6 months

If these times are exceeded, close high pressure fresh water wash (at 3,000 p.s.i., 211 kg/cm2) the surface before immersion.
The maximum overcoating interval of 1 month when BMA002-Blue, BMA003-Green and BMA009-Black are applied to themselves may be extended provided that the coating is suitably treated prior to overcoating. (Consult International Paint)

Interswift 655 may be applied at substrate temperatures down to -15°C. Before applications are made below 5°C consult your local IP representative for further detail of application procedure.

Overcoating information is given for guidance only and is subject to regional variation depending upon local climate and environmental conditions. Consult your local International Paint representative for specific recommendations. On immersion, colours will change:
Dark Red -> Light Red/Brown, Blue and Green -> lighten slightly,

Brown -> Dark Brown/Black, Black -> no significant change
At Maintenance & Repair, when overcoating exposed (polish through) areas of tar anticorrosives, a touch-up of Intertuf 203 should be applied prior to the application of Interswift 655
Certain colours require additional mixing with a power agitator prior to application. Consult your International Paint representative for specific recommendations.
Apply in good weather. Temperature of the surface to be coated must be at least 3°C above the dew point. For optimum application properties bring the material to 21-27°C, unless specifically instructed otherwise, prior to mixing and application. Unmixed material (in closed containers) should be maintained in protected storage in accordance with information given in the STORAGE Section of this data sheet. Technical and application data herein is for the purpose of establishing a general guideline of the coating application procedures. Test performance results were obtained in a controlled laboratory environment and International Paint makes no claim that the exhibited published test results, or any other tests, accurately represent results found in all field environments. As application, environmental and design factors can vary significantly, due care should be exercised in the selection, verification of performance and use of the coating.
In the overcoating data section 'ext' = extended overcoating period. Please refer to our Marine Painting Guide - Definitions and Abbreviations available on our website.




Unit Size  
  Vol Pack
20 lt 20 lt 20 lt

For availability of other unit sizes consult International Paint


Unit Size Unit Weight
20 lt 38.7 Kg


Shelf Life
6 months minimum at temperatures greater than 25°C. 12 months minimum at temperatures up to 25°C.
Subject to reinspection thereafter. Store in dry, shaded conditions away from sources of heat and ignition.