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12-14-2009 11:08 PM
Fstbttms
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Originally Posted by NCC320 View Post
What is your recommendation?
I have no specific recommendation, I'm just saying that Vivid isn't something different or special. If bright colors are important, drop the big spank for a Vivid bottom. Otherwise, I say just buy any of the major manufacturer's copolymer ablative products and you'll be fine.
12-14-2009 10:22 PM
NCC320
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Originally Posted by Fstbttms View Post
Don't kid yourself- Petit calls Vivid a "hard ablative" but in practice there is nothing "hard" about it. It comes off the boat just as easily as any other ablative.
What is your recommendation?
12-14-2009 01:33 PM
Fstbttms
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Vivid is a hard finish and I like that. That is the one I think I would use if I were going to keep the boat...since I am selling it, I can't decide which would be best..
Don't kid yourself- Petit calls Vivid a "hard ablative" but in practice there is nothing "hard" about it. It comes off the boat just as easily as any other ablative.
12-13-2009 02:06 PM
Jace2 Beautiful.
12-13-2009 01:45 PM
Flybyknight
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12-13-2009 10:31 AM
Jace2 Okay, now what I'm about to say is probably going to sound crazy, and I'm not convinced myself about it. But here goes.

I read an article where an experienced sailor who has used this material stands by it. The material? House paint. That's right, regular old, exterior acrylic house paint. Sounds counter intuitive, but he said it's as good as any marine paint, and better than most. And MUCH cheaper!

I'm a professional painter and have been for over 25 years. I've used lacquer, poly, latex, acrylic, oil, and many others. I used to be a luthier (one who builds and repairs guitars) so I know paints quite well. And yes, the way they are making house paints with many different polymers and other such chemical properties is impressive.

I painted the underside of the metal canopy of a Sonic drive-in restaurant one time. The old paint was flaking and hanging like leaves in the fall. As I always do, I used a good quality exterior acrylic. With paints of this sort, if a small dime sized drop is found dried on a smooth concrete floor, you simply remove it with a putty knife. As a rule, it pops off quite easily. On this particular job, though, we had put in the additive Emulsa-Bond.

As we were loading the spray rig, apparently a small dime sized drop had hit my cousin's concrete porch and dried there. When I noticed it a couple of days later, I tried to remove it with my putty knife like I always do. It's easy. Usually it just pops right up. Not this time. It wouldn't come up. I scraped and shoved the rather sharp edge of the knife against the edge of the drop, and it wouldn't so much as scar. I'm not kidding, I almost had to hit the back of the putty knife with a hammer to remove it! I finally got it up, but its stubborn resistance to separation from the porch impressed me. Enough to put it on the bottom of a boat? Well, I don't know. It just seems wrong to put house paint, additive or not, on a marine vessel.

I guess, when the time comes, I'll check into it further and see just how strong each material is, house paint included ... that is, when I get a boat.

By the way, we checked on the Sonic three years later and the paint looked like it had been done yesterday.
12-13-2009 09:47 AM
msl I've used Hydrocoat for years. It's easy to work with and was effective against marine growth and slime for my boat(s) sailed on inland lakes.
My Catalina 25 would stay in the water from May to November - and be stored on a trailer the rest of the time.
Hydrocoat was still effective the following season.
(one suggestion: my first coat was red. The topcoats were blue. Whenever I see the red color beginning to appear, it was time for blue touchup).
12-12-2009 10:02 PM
Dokoloco I like Top Secret one-part epoxy. Much cheaper than Petite (search on the internet for it).I've had it on a trailered sailboat for 4 years now and have no complaints. Its extremelly durable. The boat has one scratch where I tried to shortcut across an oyster bed but the bunk boards definitely dont scratch it up.

I was painting a Y-fler today with some of it. As cold as the shop is right now, it takes a full day to dry, but its a supepr glossy finish once it sets up.
12-12-2009 01:49 PM
NCC320 Thanks for the suggestions. I noticed at the Pettit website that they also make two other paints that can stay out of the water for long periods without loosing effectiveness: Hydrocoat (water based) and Horizons. Both are ablative. Vivid is a hard finish and I like that. That is the one I think I would use if I were going to keep the boat...since I am selling it, I can't decide which would be best...I'll have the yards give me a quote both ways (not going to do it myself) and the difference in paint cost may become a less significant issue.
12-11-2009 04:43 PM
tommays I like micron extra BUT after it gets wet it turns a different color and wipes off kind of like chalk on anything that touchs it

My friend uses Pettit's VIVID in white is has worked well and does not seem to rub off on everything that rubs it
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