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Re: Bottom Paint
Clearly, there are original coats that are detaching and being painted over. This is like an Alzheimer or MS diagnosis. You can probably live with it for now, but today is the best day of the rest of it's life. Hope that wasn't too morbid an analogy.
When I get a new to me boat, one of the earliest things I do is have the bottom taken down to the gelcoat. Build the barrier, primer and paint back up properly, sand and recoat on a proper routine and I've never had this problem. Is it cheaper that way? It depends on how long one will own the boat and the time it will take to constantly patch up the failing bottom paint. There is no doubt a proper bottom paint job will perform better.
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