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Has anyone used painted coatings with electrodes as a form of antifouling?

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We have a 3 year old Dufour anthe time is approaching for us to haul her out and antifoul her for the med waters.

She has previously been painted with Hempel antifouling but we had decided to take the plunge and coppercoat her this year for longevity. However someone mentioned a new system whereby you apply a paint with electrodes in it which causes a vibration that we cant feel but stops marine growth but didn't know more about it.

I can't find anything about it online. Does anyone know anything about it, if so please enlighten me as to who makes it and whether it works!

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You have been misinformed. What you need to be looking for is ultrasonic anti fouling. It is not "paint with electrodes in it" but rather a system of hull-mounted transducers that produce ultrasonic vibrations that, in theory, reduce fouling. It must be used in conjunction with an anti fouling paint. I have never seen convincing evidence that it is anything more than snake oil however.
Based on local anecdotal results of ultrasonic and personal experience with Coppercoat, I wouldn't recommend either. YMMV however.
I believe it does exist but the major paint company's own its and won't release it to protect their bottom line.
Conspiracy theory much? :rolleyes:
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