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Would anyone be willing to share their experiences with barier coats. I''m inclined to put an epoxy barrier coat on my boat and then a bottom paint like Interlux''s VC-17. Are these going to be compatible? Time spent at the Interlux web site did not provide a conclusive answer. Would appreciate your insights and experiences.
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Rick,

I have three experiences with barrier coats. The initial contact was applying a West System epoxy in 1988. It finally got tired in 2004. At the time of application, the popular wisdom was about 4-6 mils of thickness. Over the years of applying ablatives and sanding for prep, I am sure the thickness decreased, especially locally. The remnants were extremely tough to remove.

Went back on with an honest 8 to 10 mils of Interlux 2000. This has been followed with two coats of Micron CSC with Biolux. Can''t say enough about Interlux technical support and the anti-slime additive (Biolux). This is not a racing bottom. We did not burnish the barrier coat or the CSC. Many race bottoms don''t look as good!

The race boat had an Interlux 2000 barrier coat applied in the mid-90''s. Last spring we stripped an ablative and applied VC Offshore. We wet sanded to #600 grit. Fastest bottom in the fleet. It was a ton of work!! We considered VC17 but felt we could get multi-year service with the VC Offshore. Interlux said there were no compatibility issues with 2000 and VC Offshore or VC17.

Like I said, the Interlux response, either by phone, fax or e-mail has always been great. It has been well worth the cost premium over the store branded stuff.



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John

I have found a great place to get epoxy. Yeap it''s right here local in the Salt Lake City area. It''s called Alta Paints and coating 137 West 3300 South. They provide epoxy paint to Delta Airlines. I used the stuff on Argo this past season It''s a hard shell coating and looks great. They also told me that is is not as susecptible to sunlight breakdown as most any other product. Look them up and give them a call Get it from the horse''s mouth.. BTW it''s always nice seeing you here. Keep your spring in 2006 ready to help me splash Argo...
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