Boat Bottom Paint

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Kolor™ Bright Color Bottom Paint
    When you leave your boat in water, scum, algae and barnacles can eat away at the bottom of your boat. Protect your precious investment with a couple …
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    Interlux Fiberglass Bottomkote Classic Antifouling Paint
      Prevent underwater deposits on your boat with Fiberglass Bottomkote Classic! This anti-fouling paint comes in clean stable colors and works like …
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      Copper Shield™ Ablative
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        Copper Shield Hard™
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          Copper Shield SCX™ Boosted Ablative
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            Copper Shield Uno™
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              Copper Pro SCX™ Hard
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                Fiberglass Bottomkote With Irgarol
                  Features:Hard type antifoulingProven all purpose antifouling protectionIrgarol®™ improves antifouling performance by reducing slimeSolid …
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                  Copper Pro SCX™ Boosted Ablative
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                    Trilux 33 with Biolux Antifouling Paint
                      Don’t let fouling affect your boat’s performance and safety. The Trilux 33 with Biolux Antifouling Paint effectively prevents your boat …
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                      Pettit Paint Pontoon Pro
                        Pontoon Pro is an excellent pontoon paint and acts as an anti-fouling paint and protects the aluminum from even the most basic forms of corrosion. It …
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                        Fiberglass Bottomkote Aqua Antifouling Paint
                          Premium Yacht Enamel is a fast drying, high quality topside finish. It has superior hiding characteristics and excellent adhesion to properly …
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                          Interlux Fiberglass Bottomkote ACT Antifouling Paint
                            ACT uses Ablative Technology to provide excellent season-to-season protection. Ablative Technology enables it to erode away with use and eliminates …
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                            Ultra with Biolux Antifouling Paint
                              Ultra is formulated for high fouling areas & provides excellent long-term antifouling protection. The fast dry formula of Ultra allows your boat to …
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                              VC17m Extra With Biolux Antifouling Paint
                                VC®17m Extra with Biolux® is a thin film antifouling paint for racing sailboats and powerboats that is formulated with Fluoro microadditive …
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                                Pettit Horizons Ablative Antifouling Bottom Paint
                                  Features:Ablative Technology Reduces Coating Build-up Launched and Relaunched without Repainting Economically Priced for Multi-season Protection …
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                                  Interlux Micron 66 Antifouling Paint
                                    Micron 66 is a long lasting Self Polishing Copolymer with Biolux® formulated to provide a level of antifouling protection not previously …
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                                    Interlux Micron CSC Antifouling Paint
                                      Uses Micron® Technology to provide excellent, long lasting antifouling protection against all types of fouling. Controlled polishing rate reduces …
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                                      Interlux Micron Extra VOC with Biolux Antifouling Paint
                                        Uses Micron® Technology to provide excellent, long lasting antifouling protection against all types of fouling. Micron Extra includes Biolux, to …
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                                        Interlux Pacifica Plus Antifouling Paint
                                          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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                                          Duplex Boosted 67 Antifouling Blue Water Marine Paint
                                            Duplex Boosted 67 - Multi-Season - Dual Resin Boosted Ablative / Hard (67% Copper, 2% SCX) Duplex™ Boosted 67 uses a dual resin technology that …
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                                            Duplex Boosted™ 45 Antifouling Blue Water Marine Paint
                                              Duplex Boosted 45 - Multi-Season - Dual Resin Boosted Ablative / Hard (45% Copper, 2% SCX) Duplex™ Boosted 45 uses dual resin technology that …
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                                              Duplex™ 45 Antifouling Blue Water Marine Paint
                                                Duplex™ 45 - Multi-Season - Dual Resin Ablative / Hard (45% Copper) Duplex™ 45 uses dual resin technology that provides a durable, fast …
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                                                New England Copper™ Antifouling Blue Water Marine Paint
                                                  New England Copper™ - Full Season - Ablative (25% Copper) New England Copper™ provides full season antifouling protection against …
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                                                  Coronado Antifouling Blue Water Marine Paint
                                                    Coronado - Multi Season - Waterbased Copper-Free Ablative (5% Zinc Pyrithione) CORONADO™ is a high performance waterbased antifouling that …
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                                                    Gold Coast SPC Antifouling Blue Water Marine Paint
                                                      Gold Coast SPC™- Multi Season - Self Polishing Copolymer (39% Copper, 3% Zinc Pyrithione Gold Coast SPC™ is a Self Polishing Copolymer ( …
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                                                      Aqua Shield Antifouling Blue Water Marine Paint
                                                        Aqua Shield™ - Multi Season - Waterbase Ablative (45% Copper) Aqua Shield has a high copper content (45%) in a water base ablative technology. …
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                                                        Aquagard Waterbased Anti-Fouling Bottom Paint
                                                          Bottom Paint Waterbased Anti-Fouling Marine paints for Fiberglass & Wooden boats. Aquagard Bottom Paint Ablative action repels barnacles & other …
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                                                          Aquagard Alumi-Koat Waterbased Anti-Fouling Boat Paint
                                                            Alumi-Koat Water based Anti-fouling Paint for Aluminum Hulls Creates invisible barrier to stop slime build-up, barnacle & marine growth For use on …
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                                                            Interlux Fiberglass Bottomkote NT Antifouling Paint
                                                              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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                                                              Aquagard Waterbased Anti-Fouling Bottom Paint - 2 Gallon - 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 180 Wash & Dewaxer - Quart
                                                                  180 Wash & DewaxerFor Fiberglass & AluminumFeatures: Formulated to strip mold release agent from fiberglass surface Removes grease and wax from …
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                                                                  About Boat Bottom Paint

                                                                  Boat Bottom Paint Essentials

                                                                  Article courtesy of Tim Banse
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                                                                  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 quality boat bottom paint. But the big question is with the different types of anti-fouling lining the shelves of marine chandler's which one is the best choice for your boat? The answer is that in order to sort through the many offerings, 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 boat bottom paints. Unfortunately there isn't room to cover the myriad of brands and offerings.

                                                                  Types of Bottom Paint


                                                                  Let's begin at the beginning. Know that there are two basics types: ablative and hard, each one boasting distinctive properties. Soft ablative boat bottom 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 coat goes away. This characteristic reduces 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 boat bottom paint. It's loaded with copper (60%) and also dual biocides (slime resistant Irgarol) lending multi season protection.

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                                                                  In sharp contrast to ablative blends, hard bottom paints rely on contact leaching. Once it 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 a hard anti-fouling coat is resistance to abrasion. Due to its low drag resistance, hard bottom products are an excellent choice for high performance boats.

                                                                  Another offering is Pettit Trinidad SR, it's a hard anti-fouling blend offering multi-season protection thanks to dual biocides backed up with a high copper load. 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 boat 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.

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                                                                  No matter what type or brand 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 antifouling paint, which provides the foundation, must be in good condition - without flakes. Sand the entire bottom with 60 or 80-grit sandpaper, roughening the surface and lending the new coat 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.

                                                                  Do It Right The First Time


                                                                  Make sure the old anti-fouling and the new bottom paint are compatible. Consult the manufacturers chart. Thoroughly stir paint before and during application. Usually, the store will perform an initial shake-shake-shake with its 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 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 product to dry thoroughly before applying another coat and before launching. If you don't, you risk the specter 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 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.