Join Date: Mar 2007
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Ablative Paint Mix-N-Match
It's that time of year ago here in New England, Spring Launch. Well almost.
Last season I used Micron 66 Ablative paint and it faired pretty well, but I used my boat a lot and most of it is gone. I had the boat in the water from May 1 to November 13th and probably sailed/motored her 1100 miles. I really like Micron 66 as when I pull the boat, the bottom is clean and growth free. Some boats that I have seen come out of my same area have hideous growth and barnacles.
Because of the uses and the minimal amount of ablative left, I just can't touch her up, so I will need to repaint her again. A gallon of this stuff (Micron 66) is expensive and just barey covers the bottom of my 33' boat (11' beam, deep fin, 28' waterline). The PO suggest that high waterflow areas such as the bow, water line, leading edge of the fin, skeg and entire rudder, should have and "extra coat" on it as they will wear fast.
Instead of buying anotyher quart of Micron 66, I want to buy an "inexpensive" ablative and use that as my high water flow "top coat".
I know that one can do with Like-Like chemsitries, i.e more fresh Micron 66 on top of fresh Micron 66, but what about say WM Ablative, or some other, on Fresh Micron 66? I know you can put different chemistry New ablative paint over older previous and spent paint, but a little unsure of the Fresh on Fresh effectiveness.