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Preventing growth on Transducer
|Author||Topic: Preventing growth on Transducer|
posted 08-02-2001 03:10 PM ET (US)
What is the best method to prevent growth on a lowrance transducer.....is there a product on the market that will prevent or reduce the chance of this occuring.
posted 08-02-2001 04:44 PM ET (US)
Smart-aleck reply: the device to use is a trailer. :-)
Serious reply: I really don't know, and would like to find out from an expert, but it seems to me that if your transducer is capable of being mounted either on the transom or in a thru-hull configuration (like my inexpensive Humminbird transducer is), it follows that the transducer shouldn't be hurt by a coat of bottom paint.
I note that this is theoretical, as I didn't/haven't painted mine on the bottom, and I clean it off periodically. Actually, come to think of it, if a transducer can shoot through a hull without any problem, it can probably shoot through things growing on it (though barnacles might pose a special problem).
That's my $.02 . . . Anyone else want to venture an opinion?
posted 08-02-2001 05:31 PM ET (US)
Use non-metallic antifouling paint.
posted 08-02-2001 05:36 PM ET (US)
Not that this would prevent growth, but my manual says to periodically clean the transducer face with liquid detergent.
posted 08-02-2001 06:27 PM ET (US)
Every transducer I have ever seen has the express warning to NEVER paint it..
The only thing you can do is to clean it by hand regularly.
posted 08-02-2001 07:36 PM ET (US)
My manual suggests painting the bottom of the transducer with anit-fouling paint. I did so with no problems. Its in salt all season.
posted 08-02-2001 08:57 PM ET (US)
My Raytheon 365 was painted with special transducer paint from my local supplier -- that's what I'd recommend.
posted 08-02-2001 09:03 PM ET (US)
West Marine sells a transducer paint. West Number is 128225
posted 08-03-2001 10:22 AM ET (US)
Thanks for all the great reply's.....
posted 08-03-2001 11:09 AM ET (US)
MDR waterbase transducer anti-fouling paint, it even has a brush built in to the top. Can be found at most marine stores. This or the Stabrite brand are what the transducer manufactures recommend. It works!
posted 08-03-2001 12:57 PM ET (US)
Just reiterating others points: My manual says NOT to paint it unless it is transducer paint. The stuff Steve & Sorcerer are talking about is the woo. Not cheap but works. I painted my entire transducer with bottom paint except the bottom where it transduces? which I use the special stuff.
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