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striper swiper posted 10-18-2003 03:07 PM ET (US)   Profile for striper swiper  
The bottom of my 18 is black.do i choose an ablative paint which wears especially a different colorwhich would show wear over the black.or di i choose a typical anti fouling paint?any pros or cons ..thanks,rich
gansett posted 10-18-2003 04:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for gansett  Send Email to gansett     
Do you leave the boat in the water all summer, or do you trailer?

Fresh water or salt?

striper swiper posted 10-18-2003 08:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for striper swiper    
the boat may be docked in salt water next season in L.I.sound.this year prior to my purchase the boat was moored in the hudson river and had barnacle and algae growth.thanks...rich
Bigshot posted 10-20-2003 11:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Just a black albative paint is fine, you'll see when worn off and time to repaint.
doobee posted 10-20-2003 09:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for doobee  Send Email to doobee     
Ablative is your best choice regardless of application. It won't build up, and you don't have to sand between coats (just power wash).

The least expensive brand name ablatives are, Interlux ACT, or Petit Horizon. The big retailers have their own private label paints which are a little less expensive.

Pick any color you want. The only advantage to contrasting colors is for racing sailors who frequently scrub their bottoms.

You will generally need one coat per season (unless you're trailering), and if you have applied it properly, it will not wear through to the layer below(unless you're trailering).

Bigshot posted 10-21-2003 11:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
When buying look for the copper content and go from there. The more the merrier but more expensive. If you live on a fresh water lake for just a season, then it won't make a difference. all year in FL, it better be good stuff.
minimontauk posted 10-22-2003 04:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for minimontauk  Send Email to minimontauk     
I used the West Marine store brand ablative, can't remember the name. I had it moored in Cotuit Harbor on Cape Cod all summer. I gave it a couple light scrubs during the season. Worked great. I used blue over light grey epoxy sealcoat.

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