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Ray posted 03-24-2003 10:31 PM ET (US)   Profile for Ray   Send Email to Ray  
My local Boaters World guy said that I can save 40 to 50 bucks by going with Pettit bottom paint instead of Interlux which I have always used. I am considering a substitute for Micron extra which took quite a price jump this year. Does anybody have any strong opinions on which manufacturer is better with comparable paints?
doobee posted 03-24-2003 11:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for doobee  Send Email to doobee     
Results vary depending on region and how much you use the boat. Cuprous Oxide content and binder are the key factors. Generally speaking, higher cuprous oxide is better, and ablative binders are better.

Micron is a multi season ablative paint. You could save some money by going to a single season ablative such as Interlux Fiberglass Bottomkote ACT or Petit Horizons. I've also had good luck with the West Marine Brand ablative paint (made by Interlux), though the colors can be inconsistent.

witsendfl posted 03-24-2003 11:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for witsendfl  Send Email to witsendfl     
Why are you bottom painting? You are not in salt water. If you pull the boat, clean and wax why paint? Do not bottom paint unless necessary. Is there already bottom paint on the boat?

These answers would help w/ upcoming opinions

witsendfl JimK

Ray posted 03-25-2003 09:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ray  Send Email to Ray     
Good point. I bottom paint because I am on the Black River, South Haven, Michigan. Algae and slime and other guck is awful. Several years ago I waxed and put my 21 outrage in to find within 4 weeks it would hardly plane. I have bottom painted ever since. I sure miss the old TBTF stuff but mother nature certainly doesn't.

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