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Howdy!

Some years ago I read in some sailing periodical or other about a copper impregnated plastic film that could be afixed to the bottom of one's boat. It would replace the need for regular application of bottom paint. I was wondering whether or not that rings any bells for anyone and if so, whether or not it, or a similar product, is still maufactured and, most importantly, whether or not it works.

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what you're probably thinking of is either C-Guard or CopperCoat, both of which are hard epoxy-based antifouling paints. They are designed to dry to a film which is 80%+ pure copper by volume, and are meant to be used as a long-term multi-year bottom paint. Both are made in the UK, and neither has a US distributor AFAIK.
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Actually there was an outfit that tried to market an actual glue-on copper film, about 10-15 years ago. I don't remember if it was self adhesive or if you had to apply the adhesive, but it was in rolls copper foil about 6 inches wide.

The plan was to try to update the old "copper plate" bottoms from the days of commercial sailing ships.

Don't recall the company name, but I'd say it never caught on.
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