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Vivid Bottom Paint

Has anyone tried vivid bottom paint ? Is it anygood ?


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Liked their porn movies - never tried the bottom paint. Connection?
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Vivid has excellent anti fouling properties but is very ablative. In a moderate-to-high fouling region you will be hard pressed to get more than a year out of it. My opinion is; unless color choice is absolutely crucial to you, stick with a good modified epoxy like Petit Trinidad.
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I ve used Vivid Bottom Paint for 3 years on a race boat, It works well here in Maine but it only lasts a year and we wash the botten befor big races. We use the white paint so its eazy to see when there is slim is growing. On my crusing boat I use Petit expoxy and its a better paint but you can not get white paint. It all depends were you sail and the type of sailing you do.

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A total disappointment....

I painted my boat with Vivid Petit and in six months it was already failing here in the caribbean. Its been now eight months and growth is everywhere. DONT USE IT.
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Used this on my j24 race boat, and it was gone withing 6 months. did a good job and growth was easy to wipe off, but the paint also wiped off and when i cleaned the bottom there was a white slick in the water. I would go with Baltoplate going forward.
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Have used it for the first time this year in Long Island Sound. I moor in somewhat brackish water, and use the boat on average once every 10 days. It seems to foul up faster than Petitt Trinidad SR.

As others have noticed/indicated it is an ablative paint and will slough off.

I will likely go to another paint this year as I am not happy with the results.

But I would imagine it depends upon:
1) boat usage
2) water
3) do you have your bottom scrubbed often....boat bottom that is...

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May I ask, what paint did you apply the vivid paint over ? Practical sailor seemed to like the paint.
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Good response from Petit so far!!

I contacted Petit and they called me inmediately and asked a few questions and said they were going to look into it. It seems like they have a good customer service. I'll see what they say and will post the results.
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Used this on my j24 race boat, and it was gone withing 6 months. did a good job and growth was easy to wipe off, but the paint also wiped off and when i cleaned the bottom there was a white slick in the water. I would go with Baltoplate going forward.
I don't know where you keep your boat, but if it is California, I would avoid Baltoplate like it was the plague. Maybe the worst anti fouling product I have ever had the misfortune to come across.
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