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Re: Looking for pointers on painting the bottom
Ditto on using a Scotchpad on vc17. I prefer to use it wet, either by dipping it in a bucket of water now and then, or hosing the bottom of the boat. No sense in exposing yourself to any copper dust...the water keeps it out of the air and your lungs.
When it comes time to apply another coat of vc17, of course you'll find plenty of into here on Sailnet. The beauty of vc17, as another poster pointed out in this thread, is that vc17 can be applied very thin, and therefore you avoid buildup. After years and years of applying vc17, you can still have a nice, smooth bottom without a bunch of buildup.