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Re: First time bottom painting
I'm curious what is on there now? Is it just bare gelcoat? If not, compatibility might be a concern.
If she will stay in the water for the season, you might consider a base coat of epoxy barrier. Not so much for blister protection, but it makes a better base for adhesion. Nothing worse than seeing expensive anti-foulant that is peeling off.
If starting from zero, I would put a base coat in one color and build a different one above it. This way you'll see the base showing through and know you are losing coverage.
Lastly, do you plan to throw a coat on every year or do you want a multi-year paint? Personally, I prefer one fresh coat per year. However, if I was trying to get two or three years, I would probably start with more.
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