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Blue Fiberglass Bottomkote NT Antifouling Paint, Gallon - Interlux
    Fiberglass Bottomkote® NT uses a dual resin technology that provides a universal durable, fast dry antifouling paint that delivers the benefits …
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    Blue Fiberglass Bottomkote NT Antifouling Paint, Quart - Interlux
      Fiberglass Bottomkote® NT uses a dual resin technology that provides a universal durable, fast dry antifouling paint that delivers the benefits …
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      AQUA SHIELD™ WATER BASE ABLATIVE - Royal Blue Qt - Blue Water Marine Paint
        Aqua Shield™ has a high copper content (45%) in a water base ablative technology. This coating will provide multi-season protection for high …
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        AQUA SHIELD™ WATER BASE ABLATIVE - Royal Blue Gal - Blue Water Marine Paint
          Aqua Shield™ has a high copper content (45%) in a water base ablative technology. This coating will provide multi-season protection for high …
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          GOLD COAST SPC™ SELF POLISHING COPOLYMER - Royal Blue Qt - Blue Water Marine Paint
            Gold Coast SPC™ is a Self Polishing Copolymer (SPC) antifouling which releases biocides via a hydrolysis reaction of an acrylic polymer with …
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            GOLD COAST SPC™ SELF POLISHING COPOLYMER - Royal Blue Gal - Blue Water Marine Paint
              Gold Coast SPC™ is a Self Polishing Copolymer (SPC) antifouling which releases biocides via a hydrolysis reaction of an acrylic polymer with …
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              CORONADO™ COPPER-FREE ABLATIVE- Royal Blue Qt - Blue Water Marine Paint
                Coronado™ is a high performance water based antifouling that uses a high end technology of Zinc Pyrithione and Zinc Oxide. Coronado™ …
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                CORONADO™ COPPER-FREE ABLATIVE - Royal Blue Gal - Blue Water Marine Paint
                  Coronado™is a high performance water based antifouling that uses a high end technology of Zinc Pyrithione and Zinc Oxide. Coronado provides …
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                  NEW ENGLAND COPPER™ ABLATIVE - Royal Blue Qt - Blue Water Marine Paint
                    New England Copper™ provides full season antifouling protection against barnacles, algae and hydroids in salt and fresh water on boat bottoms …
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                    NEW ENGLAND COPPER™ ABLATIVE - Royal Blue Gal - Blue Water Marine Paint
                      New England Copper™ provides full season antifouling protection against barnacles, algae and hydroids in salt and fresh water on boat bottoms …
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                      DUPLEX™ 45 ABLATIVE / HARD - Royal Blue Qt - Blue Water Marine Paint
                        Duplex™ 45 uses dual resin technology that provides a durable, fast dry antifouling paint that delivers the benefits of both hard and polishing …
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                        DUPLEX™ 45 ABLATIVE / HARD - Royal Blue Gal - Blue Water Marine Paint
                          Duplex™ 45 uses dual resin technology that provides a durable, fast dry antifouling paint that delivers the benefits of both hard and polishing …
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                          DUPLEX™ BOOSTED 45 ABLATIVE / HARD - Royal Blue Qt - Blue Water Marine Paint
                            Duplex™ Boosted 45 uses dual resin technology that provides a durable, fast dry antifouling paint that delivers the benefits of both hard and …
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                            DUPLEX™ BOOSTED 45 ABLATIVE / HARD - Royal Blue Gal - Blue Water Marine Paint
                              Duplex™ Boosted 45 uses dual resin technology that provides a durable, fast dry antifouling paint that delivers the benefits of both hard and …
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                              DUPLEX BOOSTED 67 ABLATIVE / HARD - Royal Blue Qt - Blue Water Marine Paint
                                Duplex ™ Boosted 67 uses a dual resin technology that provides a durable, fast dry antifouling paint that delivers the benefits of both hard …
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                                DUPLEX BOOSTED 67 ABLATIVE / HARD - Royal Blue Gal - Blue Water Marine Paint
                                  Duplex Boosted 67 uses a dual resin technology that provides a durable, fast dry antifouling paint that delivers the benefits of both hard and …
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                                  Aquagard Waterbased Anti-Fouling Bottom Paint - Gallon - Teal
                                    Bottom PaintWaterbased Anti-Fouling Marine paints for Fiberglass & Wooden boats.Features: Ablative action repels barnacles & other growth Fast drying …
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                                    Aquagard Waterbased Anti-Fouling Bottom Paint - Gallon - Horizon Blue
                                      Bottom PaintWaterbased Anti-Fouling Marine paints for Fiberglass & Wooden boats.Features: Ablative action repels barnacles & other growth Fast drying …
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                                      Aquagard II Alumi-Koat Anti-Fouling Waterbased - Gallon - Blue
                                        Alumi-Koat SprayAnti-Fouling Marine Spray Paint for Aluminum & other Non-Ferrous Materials. Aquagard Alumi-Koat is the only TRUE CLEAR ANTI-FOULING …
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                                        Aquagard Waterbased Anti-Fouling Bottom Paint - Quart - Horizon Blue
                                          Bottom PaintWaterbased Anti-Fouling Marine paints for Fiberglass & Wooden boats.Features: Ablative action repels barnacles & other growth Fast drying …
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                                          Aquagard II Alumi-Koat Anti-Fouling Waterbased - Quart - Blue
                                            Alumi-Koat SprayAnti-Fouling Marine Spray Paint for Aluminum & other Non-Ferrous Materials. Aquagard Alumi-Koat is the only TRUE CLEAR ANTI-FOULING …
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                                            Aquagard Waterbased Anti-Fouling Bottom Paint - Quart - Blue
                                              Bottom PaintWaterbased Anti-Fouling Marine paints for Fiberglass & Wooden boats.Features: Ablative action repels barnacles & other growth Fast drying …
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                                              Aquagard Waterbased Anti-Fouling Bottom Paint - Quart - Teal
                                                Bottom PaintWaterbased Anti-Fouling Marine paints for Fiberglass & Wooden boats.Features: Ablative action repels barnacles & other growth Fast drying …
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                                                Blue Pacifica Plus Antifouling Paint, Gallon - Interlux
                                                  Pacifica Plus - is designed for those looking for a copper free antifouling. Pacifica Plus is a dual biocide antifouling that uses outstanding copper- …
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                                                  Blue Micron Extra VOC Antifouling Paint, Gallon - Interlux
                                                    Uses Micron® Technology to provide excellent, long lasting antifouling protection against all types of fouling. Micron Extra includes Biolux, to …
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                                                    Blue Micron CSC Antifouling Paint, Quart - Interlux
                                                      Uses Micron® Technology to provide excellent, long lasting antifouling protection against all types of fouling. Controlled polishing rate reduces …
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                                                      Blue Micron CSC Antifouling Paint, Gallon - Interlux
                                                        Uses Micron® Technology to provide excellent, long lasting antifouling protection against all types of fouling. Controlled polishing rate reduces …
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                                                        Blue Fiberglass Bottomkote Aqua Antifouling Paint, Gallon - Interlux
                                                          Fiberglass Bottomkote® Aqua provides a colorfast, durable, low emissions finish that will provide premium protection from algae, slime, barnacles, …
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                                                          Blue Fiberglass Bottomkote Aqua Antifouling Paint, Quart - Interlux
                                                            Fiberglass Bottomkote® Aqua provides a colorfast, durable, low emissions finish that will provide premium protection from algae, slime, barnacles, …
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                                                            Kolor™ Bright Color Bottom Paint, Royal Blue, Quart - Blue Water Marine Paint
                                                              Powerboat Reports Winner Blue Water anitfoulants dominated in 6 month paint tests conducted independently by Powerboat Reports in March, 2009. Blue …
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                                                              Copper Shield™ Ablative, Royal Blue, Quart - Blue Water Marine Paint
                                                                Powerboat Reports Winner Blue Water anitfoulants dominated in 6 month paint tests conducted independently by Powerboat Reports in March, 2009. Blue …
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                                                                Copper Shield™ Ablative, Royal Blue, Gallon - Blue Water Marine Paint
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                                                                  Bottom Paint Essentials

                                                                  Article courtesy of Tim Banse

                                                                  You already know that without bottom paint dutifully protecting the bottom of a boat that barnacles, zebra mussels, weeds and slime would proliferate dragging down acceleration, top speed and helm response. And that in order to inhibit marine growth we rely on bottom paint. But the big question is with the different types of anti-fouling lining the shelves of marine chandleries which one is the best choice for your boat? The answer is that in order to sort through the many offering it's vital to understand the basic differences between them. Only then can you intelligently pick the right product for your boat and its geographic area of operation. In this story we'll cover the basics and suggest a couple of paints. Unfortunately there isn't room to cover the myriad of brands and offerings.

                                                                  Let's begin at the beginning. Know that there are two basics types of anti-fouling paint: ablative and hard, each one boasting distinctive properties. Soft ablative paints release biocide at a constant rate throughout their life span, scrubbed away with use much like a bar of soap. One benefit to this scrubbing action is that as the biocide is used up the paint goes away. This characteristic reduces paint buildup, which in turn reduces the amount of surface preparation required before applying a new coat.

                                                                  Pettit Marine Paint's Ultima SR-60 is an example of ablative bottom paint. It's loaded with copper (60%) and also dual biocides (slime resistant Irgarol) lending multi season protection.


                                                                  In sharp contrast to ablative blends, hard anti-fouling paints rely on contact leaching. How it works is as simple as the sea is salt. Once the paint dries, the bottom is blanketed with a porous film saturated with biocides. The biocide releases in steadily decreasing amounts. Once exhausted, the hard film remains. Generally speaking, boats with hard anti-fouling coatings cannot be hauled and launched without repainting. One benefit to hard anti-fouling paint is resistance to abrasion. Due to its low drag resistance, hard bottom paint is an excellent choice for high performance boats.

                                                                  Another Pettit offering is Trinidad SR, a hard anti-fouling, a blend offering multi-season protection thanks to dual dual biocides backed up with a high copper load. Tip: copper content is why gallon buckets of bottom paint are so heavy. Left in the water, a bottom painted with Trinidad SR will enjoy years of protection.

                                                                  So far we've given examples of ablative and hard bottom paints. How about one that incorporates all the benefits of both ablative and hard paints in one? That would be Pettit's multi-season Vivid offered in a palette of bright colors, including white, blue, green, yellow black and red.

                                                                  Think whiter whites and blacker blacks. Primary colors can be applied as-is, or blended to create a custom color. Its hard, smooth surface withstands trailering and is easily burnished for lower drag, a godsend on high performance boats. When applied over the recommended priming system Vivid can be used on aluminum hulls and outdrives.


                                                                  No matter what type or brand of anti-fouling you decide on it's crucial to painstakingly follow directions. Read the label, paying careful attention to the part about surface preparation. At a minimum the existing anti-fouling paint, which provides the foundation for the new paint, must be in good condition, meaning without flakes. Sand the entire bottom with 60- or 80-grit sandpaper, roughening the surface and lending the new paint a foothold. Question: Is this dirty, time-consuming surface preparation a Do-It-Yourself endeavor? Not if you can afford to pay the boatyard to do it.

                                                                  Make sure the old anti-fouling paint and the new coating are compatible. Consult the manufacturers chart. Thoroughly stir anti-fouling paint before and during application. Usually, the store where you buy the paint will perform an initial shake-shake-shake with its paint shaker. For good reason marine supply stores will only shake cans that have never been opened. That said, even when you stir by hand with a flat wooden paint stick, five or 10 minutes should be sufficient to get all the biocide in suspension. The first few strokes with the stick will be difficult because the heavy compounds settle to the bottom. Be patient. And be sure to scrape down the sides of the can and the bottom to flow all of the ingredients into suspension. Stir the paint frequently during application to prevent settling.

                                                                  It's absolutely critical that you follow over-coating times and immersion times. In other words, allow the paint to dry thoroughly before applying another coat and before launching. If you don't, you risk the specter of the paint detaching from the hull, and all the time, energy and money you'll have spent will have been wasted. Finally, when finished, dispose of the empty paint cans in an environmentally friendly manner. If you're in doubt about how to do this, any boatyard will be able to tell you the proper procedure.

                                                                  Tim Banse is a marine engines expert and has written about propulsion for Popular Mechanics, Yachting, Motor Boating, Boating Industry and other publications around the world. His current pet project is www.MarineEngineDigest.com, a source for free information about outboard motors, stern drives and inboards. Tim's articles will be seen here and in the iboats.com blog, plus at www.MarineEngineDigest.com.
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