Interlux Fiberglass Bottomkote Antifouling Boat Paint, Bronze, Gallon
Fiberglass Bottomkote is the world's most widely used antifouling paint. It provides excellent season long protection and is compatible with any other antifouling paint.
Interlux Bottomkote™is ideally suited for cruising and power boats that desire very good, dependable protection. Soft, eroding finish, enables easy cleaning and minimal paint film build up. It has a universal application over all types of properly prepared bottom paints and surfaces (except Aluminum). Dependable, low-cost protection.
All paint colors shown here are for guidance only. Due to differences in screen displays that are beyond our control the colors on these pages cannot be guaranteed to match the actual color in the can.
GETTING THE RIGHT COLOR
Along the waterline the antifouling will often look dirty or faded, and can even turn green. This is due to the reaction of the paint with oxygen forming green copper oxide. For these reasons you should try keep the paint as close to the true waterline as possible.
The type of antifouling you choose should be tailored to the fouling challenges in your boating area. Different water qualities and temperatures produce different types and breeds of fouling. Even in a small area the differences can be quite dramatic, due to outfalls, pollution, inflows from rivers and streams, the speed of flow of the water - and even shading from cliffs, trees and buildings.
It is vital to protect your boat through antifouling as once fouling has a hold on your hull; it will rapidly colonize the surface, making it difficult to remove. Prevention is therefore much better than cure.
THREE KEY REASONS ANTIFOULING GROWTH SHOULD BE PREVENTED:
Protection: Prolonged fouling growth will damage the substrate of the hull. For example, the natural glues organisms use to attach to the hull damage wood and fiberglass.
Speed & Efficiency: Fouling causes drag, which slows you down and increases fuel costs.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF ANTIFOULING PAINTS
CONTROLLED SOLUBILITY COPOLYMERS or CONTROLLED DEPLETION POLYMERS - These types of antifoulings are partially soluble which means that as water passes across the surface of the coating, it wears down much like a bar of soap would wear away. The physical action of the water over the surface steadily reduces the thickness of the paint at a controlled rate, which results in always having fresh biocide at the surface of the paint throughout the season. For this reason these types of antifoulings have the capability to perform in the areas of highest fouling challenge. Boats painted with Controlled Solubility Copolymers can be hauled and relaunched without repainting since the biocides are chemically bound to the paint film and are only active when in the water. The longevity of these coatings is related to the thickness of the paint.
ABLATIVE ANTIFOULINGS - Ablative antifoulings wear away with use like the controlled depletion polymers but at a much less controlled rate. Ablative antifoulings are affected more by water temperature, salinity and alkalinity than are the controlled depletion polymers and generally wear away faster. They are less expensive than controlled depletion polymers and they provide excellent antifouling protection but they don't last as long as the controlled depletion polymers or controlled solubility copolymers.
HARD ANTIFOULINGS - The technical term for these types of antifouling paints is 'contact leaching'. The paint dries to a porous film that is packed with biocides, which leach out on contact with water to prevent fouling growth. This leaching is chemically designed to release biocide throughout the season, but the amount will steadily decrease until there is not enough biocide coming out of the paint film to maintain fouling protection. Once the biocide is exhausted, the hard paint film remains on the boat. Hard antifoulings do not retain their antifouling ability out of the water and cannot be hauled and relaunched without repainting. One of the main benefits of this type of antifouling is its resistance to abrasion and rubbing. This makes it ideal for fast powerboats, racing sailboats or boats where the owners have the bottoms scrubbed regularly. Most hard antifouling paints can be wet sanded and burnished prior to launch to reduce drag and improve hull speed.
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