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Micron CSC vs Micron Extra --- Mid-Chesapeake
I stay in the water and paint every 2 years, generally mid-summer. On my last boat I used Micron CSC Extra (which I'm guessing is not made anymore) the last few times (I forget before that) and was semi-pleased with the results. Toward the end some scrubbing was required, and if I didn't do it, I got slow, paint built-up, and there were some adhesion problems (spots under pads that weren't preped, I think).
My current boat was originally Micron CSC. I then used Micron 66 (2 coats lasted 24 months), which was the best paint I have used (little build-up, clean bottom, no adhesion problems). I followed that with MIcron Extra, after postings scared me away from Micron 66. But it's not doing as well as the Micron 66.
So, what is the local knowledge re. Micron CSC vs. Micron Extra? Micron CSC claims a harder surface, which sounds like more build-up to me, and in a Practical Sailor test, Micron CSC was rated a tick lower.
I'm really thinking of going back to Micron 66. I stay in Deale, MD in a marina that is at local Bay salinity (little freshwater flow into the creek). I'm told that the salinity soon after launching is critical, and the last time I immediatly left on a trip around the Delmarva. Additionally, the Bay is more saline in late summer. The local Interlux rep told me that folks that use their boats a lot, scrub, and minimize build-up have been successful at mid-Bay, while others have had failures.
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