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ePaint - Environmentally sound antifouling?

http://www.epaint.net/index.shtm

So, anyone have experience with this paint or opinions on if it is truly better for the environment. I'll be bottom painting probably next year, just doing some research..


Edited to include link to other sailnet discussion. Still need this thread as I don't feel my questions were answered there.
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i seem to remember reading something about it not being very effective, but don't recall the source. have you tried googling?
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For some reason, I cannot grasp the concept of a bottom paint that is effective at killing or repelling sealife, also being safe for the environment. Isn't this an oxymoron? I'm too lazy to read the "testimonials", or perhaps just not gullible enough to believe them - but, how is this possible?
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The epaint doesn't kill or repel sealife IIRC. It is designed to be too 'slick' for the sealife to latch onto...so it doesn't get growth on it... that's why it is eco-friendly... I'm not too sure how well it would work in reality... especially if the boat is a dock queen.
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Nope sailingdog - this releases hydrogen peroxide, which isn't a persistent toxin unlike the
usual 'pesticide' or 'toxic metal' paints were the crap just stays in the water forever.
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Related - found this url in my search regarding envirnmentally friendly strippers (hahaha, paint strippers...) - http://www.franmar.com/practical.html

btw, Practical Sailor supposedly put this paint in the top 4 of 54 tested for antifouling paints of all types a couple of years back. I'm looking for the review online and will post it if I find it.
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A was told a number of C.G. small boat stations were using it but never heard what results they experienced. You might try calling the one local to you to inquire if they do in fact use it you don't get an answer here.
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Related - found this url in my search regarding envirnmentally friendly strippers (hahaha, paint strippers...) - http://www.franmar.com/practical.html
Re: the "stripper" article - I can back up the Aqua Strip testimonial. Used it this past spring on some topsides stripes and it worked quite well despite being well below the recommended temperature. I'm sure had the temperature been warmer it would have been less labour intensive.
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Practical Sailor does have reviews/info available of lots of bottom paints including epaint but not for free so I don't feel comfortable sharing their opinions here.

I will say that the report is decent, I wouldn't call it great or bad. I think one benefit is they do these every year so it's interesting to see how the products fair each year. The tests are done with static samples, ie they don't move.
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