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Email or call Interlux, they usually get back to you with-in 48 hours. I recently asked a question about Brightside and got a response the next morning.

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There is..

There is no paint that I know of that is water proof, not AwlGrip not AlexSeal, not Imron, not Bilgekote. Interprotect 2000 is as close to waterproof as you can get and it bonds to the substrate at nearly 2000 PSI.

Even Interlux will tell you BilgeKote is NOT waterproof. If you live in a warm climate where it never freezes you might avoid lifting and peeling for a period of time but in the Northeast or colder climes when the paint is permeated by moisture and the moisture behind it freezes it expands and separates the paint from the fiberglass. Ask me how I know..?

For me it's gelcoat or Interprotect in wet areas of the bilge..

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Wow, thank you all for the help and input!
It sounds like bilgekote is an acceptable product. But, I think I will go with the interprotect 2000E just to be safe. They recommend 2-3 coats for above water application and 4-5 for below water, so I am guessing that I should probably go with the 4-5 coats.
No, you shouldn't need to use Epiglass resin as a base coat.
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As well, they say that you need to first use epiglass resin as a base coat before using the 2000E, is this necessary? I am using unwaxed resin.
No, you can paint directly on top of the IP2KE. It is actually used as a primer in many cases.

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Finally, do you need to overcoat the 2000E with another type of paint to seal it up? Or can you just leave it bare? Thanks again!
Sorry about all the questions, this has been a HUGE job, and I only want to do it once, as well, I have been very precarious and making sure to have everything looking good, so I don't want to muck it up with the paint :P
Remember, wash the surface, de-grease/de-wax and then sand.

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