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Yeah, that sounds like vc17...can't say for sure. I see you're from Ohio and vc17 is certainly popular there.
I've used it for years here on Lake Michigan. Don't thin it. Just open the can and mix in the powder from the packet in the lid. Not a bad idea to wear a face mask...I'll bet that powder's nasty.
You can just pour it into your roller tray and apply it with your foam roller. Work quickly. It's expensive and it evaporates likes a son-of-a. No point in pouring the entire can in the pan. Roller it on quickly and don't spend time re-rolling in a single spot if it doesn't seem to have gone on well. Re-rolling an area right away will tend to remove what you've already put on. It dries really fast. I always make sure I'm totally prepped, nuthin' in my way, ready to rock and roll (or at least roll) before I pour it in the tray. Then....MOVE. I like to put it on thin, and work fast. You can come back and put on another thin coat later, paying more attention to the areas that look like they may need it. That's what I do, anyway.
I paint my bottom every year. Because I keep my coats thin, I never get any buildup. At the end of the season when they haul my boat, I'll have some areas, like on the leading edge of the fin keel, where the coating is worn off. Probably from going through the weedy side of Muskegon Lake on the way to Lake Michigan. I've never had any Zebra Mussels or algae form.
Prep is easy. You can just go at it with a bucket of water and a scotch brite pad to clean and smooth the old finish. Or wet sand it with some 400 grit. I tend to use a combination of both. If I think there's an area with a little buildup, I switch to the 400 grit. Just wrap it around the Scotch pad. I probably don't spend more than 10 or 15 minutes prepping the hull. There's just nothing to it. If I see that I'm going through the vc17 just a little as I'm flying along....fine. Keeps the buildup away.
When I'm done rolling, I get the tricky parts, like around the prop and rudder, with a foam brush. Fast. The vc17 may have a tendency to eat up the foam brush, so have a couple-three of 'em handy.
I've heard that some folks like to mix up their vc17 and instead of pouring it in a tray, the fill a squeeze bottle like a ketchup bottle. They hold the roller in the tray and squirt some vc17 on it. Keeps the evaporation down. I just prefer to pour it in the tray and work fast.
My boat's 31 feet and doing the bottom with vc17 is not work. I find it to be less work than washing and waxing the topsides.
Again, don't sweat it if you've got some thin spots. I've found that as long as the bottom has some vc17 on it, it'll be just fine in fresh water.
As I said, I paint it every year...thin. If I totally miss a spot (unlikely but possible), there's still last year's coating to protect me. I only paint all the way up to the boot stripe every other year. That way I only have to tape it every other year to keep the coating fresh up there. On the off years, I just paint up to about an inch away from where I taped the previous year.
Not a bad idea to have some acetone with you in case you goof and need to wipe some vc17 off your topsides.
Bottom line....this stuff's easy to put on. Expensive, but easy.