Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: British Columbia
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Oil based paints banned in September
I've just heard that, in BC, all oil based pants will be banned as of September first. I have asked both the feds and the provincial governments, and they snuck it in so secretively, that neither one will tell me which is responsible.
Latex paint on your hull ,anyone?
It shouldn't surprise anyone, if the paint manufacturers encouraged the move. If the only paint you can buy is paint which falls off, they get to sell you more paint.
In Canada, every MP has a toll free number you can call him at, for free.
Here, in this area it is 1-800-667-8404. For the BC provincial government, you can call 1-800-663-7867, and ask to be connected to the premiers office or the environment ministers office. They can possibly clarify things for you. I dont know if the ban includes urethanes, but with urethanes, when you want to recoat, you have to sand some glass hard surfaces, or the next coat wont stick, and it takes ideal condtions to get it to work well.
Oil based paint was easy and forgiving to use, year round, and affdordable.
Amazing that, while they encourage crude oil laden super tankers to run thru some of the most pristine and sensitive cruising grounds in the world , which are also the most dangerous, they have some major "Environmental concerns " about the linseed oil in our paint, and want to restrict us to using stuff which is completely useless as a hull paint. .
Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"