While death and taxes may be better known, there's a third certainty in life many boat owners face that's often viewed with just as much trepidation. Photo: Frank Lanier. Ever since our first troglodytic ancestor shoved off astride his trusty log, mariners have tried most every concoction imaginable to keep waterborne critters and growth at bay, from mixtures of tar, sulfur, and brimstone, to paints laced with tin, arsenic, pesticides, and even the occasional jar of chili powder. Although environmental concerns have relegated the most noxious mixtures of yesteryear to the dustbin of history, bottom paint still remains a complex topic.
5 Reasons You Need To Ditch The Antifoul Or Bottom Paing ()
Antifoul is also known as bottom paint or antifouling bottom paint. Boaties use it to keep the nasties away — slime, weed, barnacles and other creatures that love to grow under your boat and slow it down or eat it away. Water flow will wear the paint away over time, causing the biocide to leach out. The faster your boat speed, the faster the bottom paint erodes and the more often you must reapply it. Most people use boats because they love oceans, lakes and rivers. The copper in your paint has a purpose — to stop living creatures from making a home on your boat.
Lately, readers have been asking us about which antifouling paints serve well for specific bodiesof water or type of water. So, in this article-our annual spring bottom paint report-we will try to answer these questions with some recent reader survey data and sales reports from the two biggest brands in the U. Pettit Paints and Interlux Yacht Finishes.
VC17m quickly dries to a hard, super smooth, racing finish that would normally take days of Interlux Micron CSC Ablative Bottom Paint Micron CSC multi-season ablative paint provides a controlled release of anti-fouling biocide at the surface that does not lose its effectiveness when the boat is hauled out of the water for extended periods of The product is universal, meaning that it provides the same benefits as both Interlux Trilux 33 Antifouling Bottom Paint Interlux Trilux 33 Antifouling Bottom Paint is a tin-free antifouling paint that has been formulated to provide safe, yet-highly effective protection for aluminum boats, outdrives and outboards.