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as Tegolin needs her bottom paintng, and being more than somewhat environmentally aware, i were wonderin'' if any of you out there knew of, or had used, a non- toxic bottom paint?
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If you mean non-toxic to EVERYTHING, then just used exterior-grade, water-based, house paint. If you want anti-fouling properties, you''ll have to pick among paints with some biocides in them.

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Isn''t the phrase "non-toxic bottom paint" an oxymoron?
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Despite what a few sailing Einsteins have posted here previously, there are many nontoxic alternatives to traditional anti fouling paints. E-mail me backchannel and I''ll give you contact info for a few.

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Yea. Oxymoron for sure. I''ve been told by those what knows that adding some cyan pepper to the mix helps the paint''s anti-fowling properties. How much is up for discussion. I suppose that you could get some “lower impact” bottom paint and “kick it up a notch” in an environmentally friendly fashion.
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Dolphinite is a non-toxic bottom paint. Unfortunately, due to the fact that it dosen''t work, it makes a pretty poor choice. See their website:http://www.dolphinite.com/bottompaint_release.htm

When a non-toxic paint is introduced that works as well as copper based paints, I''ll use it.
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Please post your info on the "many alternatives" here for us all to see. The so-called non-toxic paints I''ve seen all require regular scrubbing to keep off growth. Bare fiberglass would work as well given that treatment. Note that any bottom paint or treatment will still consist of various chemicals that no doubt will be toxic to something. As a long time gardner, I just chuckle when someone asks for a non-toxic insecticide (if it''s not toxic how can it kill the bugs???)-- thus my earlier oxymoron comment. But if there''s something truly non-toxic out there that works, please enlighten us all.
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Hi All,

There is a non-toxic solution, look at: www.sealcoats.com, a system consisting of glass hairs applied to a wet layer of epoxy via ionised air, downside is you can''t apply it yourselve.
I''ve seen boats having this on for 5 years, and these sailor have a non-removeable smile when everybody else is grinding and painting.
It can even be patch-repaired if something would come off.

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Anti fouling coatings do not need to be toxic to be effective. Of course, a non toxic coating will not kill marine growth, but that''s not how they work. And to claim that bare fiberglass will stay clean with regular scrubbing indicates that you have never tried to keep an immersed and unpainted surface clean. It WILL get foul and you CANNOT stop it from doing so. That being said, here are some of the non toxic anti fouling products currently available. Most are "foul release" types, meaning that they are too slick for fouling organisims to attach to. I make no claims about effectiveness:
Adsil, Sea Life, Seal Coat, Sea Nine, Kiss Cote, CeRam Cote, Aquagard, Dolphinite
There are probably more but these are the ones I have some familiarity with. So there are at least eight products you can go out and buy today. I suggest you do a Google search on each name and educate yourself about the future of anti fouling. If you own a boat 10 years from now you''ll be using one of these or something similar.
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