Two Oceans Aquarium

VIP partner A.B.E was asked to develop a waterproofing solution for the new marine aquarium in Cape Town – Previous attempts at coating with other materials had failed

VIP partner A.B.E was approached to submit a recommendation for the waterproofing of this new open top aquarium tank to house various seawater fish and sharks. The entire system had to be solvent-free and suitable for aquaria. The Aquarium had experienced failures before, with Polyurethane and fiberglass liners .The project was a real challenge climatically as the structure was less than 50 m from the ocean. Cape Town is also renowned for rapid weather changes including wind. Onshore wind also brings salt fret, which would contaminate the surface.

After acceptance of the system recommendation by the customer the waterproofing system was applied, the tank was tested and put into operation in following steps:

  1. Substrate preparation
  2. Primer with solvent-free 2K primer
  3. Application of aromatic Polyurea QuickSpray Industrial with a layer thickness of 3mm
  4. Application of UV and colour-stable QuickFloor 500 in a two-layer process
  5. Hardening for 7 days, then filling with fresh water
  6. Fresh water test for watertightness: The fresh water was drained and replaced with sea water, then the fish were placed in the aquarium
Reference profile

Reference profile

Sealing of a seawater aquarium

Cape Town

South Africa


680 m²

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Two Oceans Aquarium


A.B.E & Local Applicator team


pictures from the project

VIP systems in this project


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