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Just finished my bottom w/ VC-17m

I spent the warm, sunny day yesterday at the yard applying two coats of VC-17m bottom paint to my Irwin. I used a ketchup-bottle to apply the VC directly to the roller to avoid evaporation. It seemed to work fairly well, except that the paint was unevenly distributed on the roller...but it all worked out well in the end. I'm a fan of VC for the Great Lakes since it provides a nice smooth bottom, good slime protection and doesn't require hours of messy sanding and prep.

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Wow. That bottom looks great. Mine is a sort of ablated blue ablative... thing. Now I think I want to paint it red.
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lol daydreamer... the VC turns black/gray when it's submerged. It's copper powder I believe.
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Yup, D030 is right. There's a packet of copper powered that's added to each quart of VC-17 before painting. After she's been in the water for a while, it the paint will darken to a deep brown/gray. VC is great stuff because it's so thin, smooth and easy to apply. However, I think it's only protection comes from the copper and "Biolux" for slime prevention, so Interlux recommends other paints if you're not in freshwater or low-fouling seawater.
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