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I need to bottom paint my boat and I am 1st- wondering what is best to use and 2cnd-for that type of paint how soon I need to get it in the water after painitng? Will be sailed up the east to as far as Halifax this coming summer then settling in the Carolinas for the next couple of years with shortish trips to the Bahamas.
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you need to find out what is on there already as the paint you put over it has to be compatible unless you intend on taking it down to the barrier coat first. Practical Sailor does extensibe tests on bottom paint every year. They are a great resource. Personally I use an ablative called Micron CSC. Its a multi-season paint. Depending on how often you haul a multi-season may be the way to go for you.
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That occurred to me today as I contemplated a response. The paint on there right now I was told is Trinidad and the boat will likely be hauled on a bi-annual basis and I don''t fancy taking what''s there completly off. Does this mean Trinidad by default?
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Trinadad is a good paint Petit has been in the paint game foe a long time. Go to the Interlux site or on West Marine or Boaters World site all three places have information. I am not sure but CSC may go over Trinadad and CSC is a real good paint as long as you are not going to stay in tropical waters for a long time then you may want Micron plus or extra because of the rapid groth you get down south.Any way call Interlux if you don''t find the info you need they will be glad to tell you what you can use.
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Ok this is an update.
Interlux says as long as the paint that is on the hull is holding ok not so gone it is pealing off or slufing off you can apply most of thier paints right over the old stuff. They also have a primer you can paint on and then apply the new paint.
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I just found out that I have Sea Hawk Tropicoat on my hull this is a hard finish they say is scrubable and is epoxie. I looked on the Seahawk site and they said compair to Trinidad, Interlux Ultra, and one other paint all seem to be harde non ablative paints. I had groth on three weeks last year while in the Tampa Bay and the Keys. I scraped the bottom twice while on that cruise. The paint was old already and had been scrubed allot every two weeks for maybe two years. So I guess it held up well I am looking at the Interlux Ultra with Biolux in it as a new paint for the boat just for the slime resistance. Here in New Orleans slime is heavy in the Lake but I am not sure it is the best for southern waters. The Sea Hawk has my note that it has almost the same properties as the Interlux and is cheeper.
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