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If you've got an ablative paint on your boat, don't scrub it with a scotchbrite pad... you'll take a lot of the paint off unnecessarily doing that.
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If you've got an ablative paint on your boat, don't scrub it with a scotchbrite pad... you'll take a lot of the paint off unnecessarily doing that.
Completely dependant on the degree of fouling. Ablatives aren't special, they get just as dirty as anything else and a dirty ablative bottom isn't going to be cleaned with a piece of carpet any better than an epoxy bottom would. But ablatives are soft and you do need to take care with them, regardless of what you clean them with.
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Any advice on changing zincs? My diver has become unreliable, and I am thinking about doing it myself until I can find another one....
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I scrub my own bottom periodically and change my own zincs. I bought one of those T-handle allen wrenches specifically for the zincs. Easier to hold on to while wearing gloves and something to tie a lanyard on to. When I do my shaft zincs, I scrape the shaft to make sure it's clean, tighten the zinc down snug then tighten each side in increments to keep it even. After all that, I bang on it with a hammer to make sure it's really seated and then tighten it again. I'm an amateur though, so if fastbottoms does it differently, he's probably right.
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Any advice on changing zincs?
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...if fastbottoms does it differently, he's probably right.
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I use one of those pads with a hand grip used to clean barbeque grills. Similar to a rough Scotchbrite pad but much easier to hold onto.
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fstbttms (or anyone else) - what cleaning schedule would you recommend for warm fresh water (central TX)
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fstbttms (or anyone else) - what cleaning schedule would you recommend for warm fresh water (central TX)
Fresh water? Sorry, I don't have a clue.
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I use a soft sponge for my ablative paint. Scotch bright works for the prop and shaft but seems too harsh for the rest of the bottom. A soft sponge willknock off most stuff and doesn't remove that much paint. Again my bottom is ablative. It can be done with a snorkle but I scuba dive and it is much easier that way. I stress that you do not want to scrub off the paint!!!! The whole ideal of an ablative paint is that it comes off easily so that nothing hard can attach to your hull. Once you start getting hard growth the boat needs to be hauled and repainted. Hard paint is different. Once the copper leaches out the paint is useless and stuff will grow. I have never found any hard growth on top of ablative paint. The sponge is just to remove the slimy soft growth that will slow you down.

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