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Cliff posted 08-02-2001 03:10 PM ET (US)   Profile for Cliff   Send Email to Cliff  
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.

Thanks
Cliff
Richmond, Virginia

JohnT posted 08-02-2001 04:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnT  Send Email to JohnT     
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?

dgp posted 08-02-2001 05:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for dgp  Send Email to dgp     
Use non-metallic antifouling paint.
sport15er posted 08-02-2001 05:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for sport15er  Send Email to sport15er     
Not that this would prevent growth, but my manual says to periodically clean the transducer face with liquid detergent.
OutrageMan posted 08-02-2001 06:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
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.

Brian

70_Katama posted 08-02-2001 07:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for 70_Katama  Send Email to 70_Katama     
My manual suggests painting the bottom of the transducer with anit-fouling paint. I did so with no problems. Its in salt all season.
Dan posted 08-02-2001 08:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dan  Send Email to Dan     
My Raytheon 365 was painted with special transducer paint from my local supplier -- that's what I'd recommend.
sthoms posted 08-02-2001 09:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for sthoms  Send Email to sthoms     
West Marine sells a transducer paint. West Number is 128225

Steve T

Cliff posted 08-03-2001 10:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for Cliff  Send Email to Cliff     
Thanks for all the great reply's.....
sorcerer posted 08-03-2001 11:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for sorcerer    
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!
Bigshot posted 08-03-2001 12:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
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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