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bboeri posted 05-08-2002 12:11 PM ET (US)   Profile for bboeri   Send Email to bboeri  
Does anyone have experience with ablative bottom paints? Pros/cons versus non-ablative paints? Can you use an ablative if the previous paint was non-ablative? Yhanks for the info.


andygere posted 05-08-2002 02:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
I'm using an ablative paint on my Montauk, and so far I'm pleased with the results. After six months, I have seen no barnacle/mussel growth at all, and the slime/weed growth does not adhere well and sloughs off easily. I like the ablative paint because it eliminates the need to sand off an epoxy carrier every time you recoat. Also, the paint does not lose its evectiveness if you haul out for a period of time. Epoxy based paints will oxidize, rendering them useless against fouling unless sanded or recoated. I used Micron CSC on top of a sandless primer, and it went on easily. All the manufacturers have compatibility charts for their paints, so it's easy to see what will and won't work with your existing paint.
whalernut posted 05-08-2002 04:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
I will second the nod for Micrn CSC and CSC Extra with Biolux(alge fighter). Jack.
DIVE 1 posted 05-08-2002 09:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for DIVE 1    
We are starting our third season since we used Micron CSC. We do not plan on painting for at least another 2 years.
goldstem posted 05-09-2002 08:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for goldstem  Send Email to goldstem     
we've used ablatives for 5 4 seasons now (after 25 years of bottom paints finally got stripped down).
been very happy with them so far.
LKS posted 05-09-2002 08:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for LKS  Send Email to LKS     
We've always used ablative bottom paint (have been boating on Lake Michigan for the past 12 years). On our first boat, we used SeaHawk and it worked great. We now have a different boat and are using Interlux ACT. Keeps the slime and zebra mussels off. ACT does not seem to wear as evenly as SeaHawk. Still, we've only had to do full bottom paint every 3rd year, with touch-ups in between. From what I understand, the paints are now more compatible than they used to be. Check with your supplier, though.

FYI, we just painted last weekend. If you're thinking of using the new foam paint rollers, don't. You'll wind up with more splatters and they tend to fall apart rather quickly. Go for a regular roller. Also, would recommend the foam sanding sponges over regular sand paper.

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