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Yes, VC 17 does dry very quickly. If you have a good job of painting you may not need to apply every year. Also note that vc 17 changes color very quickly when exposed to the elements.
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Go to WHOLESALEMARINE.com. I bought my bottom paint for $30 less per gallon, with free shipping. Or, when you go to Worst Marine, bring the competitors webpage and they are supposed to match the price.
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I would think she would need a full gallon. When i use SSB on my 22 foot I have a little left over for the drop-down centerboard and the rudder.
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I got in contact with the previous owner, she says that the paint is VC17.
She told me she only uses one small can.
Should I sand or scrub before painting?
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Definetely scrub it down so that bottom is clean before you apply the paint.
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The paint VC17 says that I need to sand it down before painting. Is this necessary? I'm only doing a touch up coat.
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I will be keeping the boat in fresh water lake 4 to 5 months, would painting the bottom really be needed??
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No need to sand. Just use a scotch brite pad and water. If you have any particulary rough areas, wrap some 320 grit wetsand paper around the scotch pad and sand wet. Probably not necessary, though.

Use the search function on this site, as there was recently, within the last 6 weeks, a discussion on applying vc17.

This is one of the easier jobs you'll perform on your boat. I don't know if that's good news or bad news
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I will be keeping the boat in fresh water lake 4 to 5 months, would painting the bottom really be needed??
Yes - you'll get slime and other growth along the waterline and bottom if you don't. Plus - depending on where you are - some crustaceans might adhere to the hull. We used to be in Champlain (fresh water) and even with bottom paint we still got some slime and zebra mussels. I can't imagine what it would have been like without paint.
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