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Antifouling and Zincing a Kiwi Prop
I just purchased a Kiwi Prop for my Beneteau 343 which I need to get on the boat this weekend. I have some Micron Extra to apply to the unit and am wondering how you think I should do this to the stainless steel hub. The blades are easy, I'll just lightly sand the composite material and apply the paint directly without primer. For the hub, I probably need to prime the metal surface before brushing on the paint. Do I need to buy marine primer or could I just use a household metal spray primer? Would rather not spend $35 for the marine stuff when I'll only need a brush or two of it.
Also, the fixed prop that was on the boat had a cone type zinc at the end of the shaft and the new Kiwi doesn't have any accommodations on the unit for a zinc. I read somewhere that the Kiwi doesn't need a zinc because of its stainless and composite construction. Is this true? Does the shaft need any protection? There is very limited space between the bearing and the prop, and I am thinking that there isn't enough space on the shaft for a collar zinc.
Your sage input is greatly appreciated. Thanks!