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Bottom Paint - Should I, & Brand / Product Selection
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posted 05-08-2002 10:42 AM ET (US)
I need to repaint the bottom of my 2000 18' Outrage and am looking for advice in selecting a paint. I have a trailer and a mooring (Cape Cod) and will be trailering much of the time, and using the mooring for weekends and a few multiple week periods. The boat currently has old bottom paint applied by the dealer when bought new by the original owner but was trailered all last year and is probably no longer effective.
Q1: Given my use should I repaint it or leave it, how much can grow on a bottom in 3 weeks?
Q2: If I paint, Is there a paint out there that does not mind being out of the water? I looked at Interlux Micron CSC and it sounds like it will fit the requirements, but would like to hear anyone elses thoughts.
posted 05-08-2002 11:16 AM ET (US)
A lot in 3 weeks in the summer on the Cape.
Petit ACP50 Ultimate, multi-season ablative.
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posted 05-08-2002 04:37 PM ET (US)
Micron CSC Extra. Good stuff!! Jack.
posted 05-10-2002 06:12 AM ET (US)
You should check with the old dealer as to what he used and the life of it.The paint should last longer than that. Unless you just want to spend the money.
posted 05-10-2002 07:48 AM ET (US)
Great to see you found a boat. Best of luck with it.
posted 05-10-2002 10:07 AM ET (US)
Quickie lesson in bottom paint.
The paint might last but the effectiveness is generally good for only ONE season with most ablative paints.
In addition ablative paints must be launched in a specified time frame and if hauled will loose effectiveness particularly if you scrub the bottom.
For short summer stays in saltwater such as found off Cape Cod for that matter NE, a hard semi-epoxy paint which is scrub'able though will have to be renewed with a light sanding and re-coat every so often is a good choice. Those newer multi-season ablative paints that don't loose effectiveness when hauled seasonally is the other choice best suited for this situation (eventually this paint will have to be re-done, for larger boats one will generally do the first coat in a light color and the top coat/s in the color of choice when you see the first coat then time to re-new). The brand makes little difference (just some seem to hold up and are more effective -relative statement --- than others)
Dealers of Whalers usually use a single season bottom paint like Interlux, which has to be renewed annually whether hauled or left in the water to maintain effectiveness, unless the owner specifically request a paint.
The least expensive method would be to use a compatible paint to what you have on it BillD, your prep work is minimized but you'll be forced with annual re-paints finally accumulating into a full bottom strip down and starting again after a number of years of this build up.
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