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non bottom paint for inflatables

I read some were things you can use to replace bottom paint on inflatables ? does any body have idea please post or in the long run go the same way every body else goes to the bottom paint with all the copper thanks mochasail
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There are bottom paints made specifically for use on inflatable dinghies.
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mocha...I think you may be referring to the clear liquid bottom coating that was available a couple of years back...it was called go fast bottom paint by dolphinite and was designed to improve the efficiency or "slickness" of the power boat hull through the water. It has been discontinued due to problems as a speed coating.
As a side benefit, it was found that barnacles and such had a hard time sticking to it. I used this product on my RIB fiberglass and hypalon and it worked OK...it delayed the time between bottom cleanings by a few months AND since it was not paint...did not get all over my boat when we put the dinghy on deck.
BUT...it does not work anywhere near as well as a real bottom paint...so plan on scrping and cleaning if you use it.
This stuff 'repellin" looks similar to what I used.
Repelin Bottom Coating for Inflatable Boats & RIB's. Super-Hydrophobic, Non-Fouling Bio-Release Barrier Prevents Osmosis Blisters and Protects Against Attachment of Algae, Barnacles & Zebra Mussels

But...before you invest in this...here's the full story on the dolphinite product...so buyer beware!
BoatUS. com Consumer Protection Bureau
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