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Best bottom paint???

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  1. Curt


    Joined Jun 6, 2010
    88 posts, 0 likes
    Catalina CApri 18
    US Buffalo
    Happy new year everyone,
    I did try to search the forum for info but came up with nothing. Possibly my lack of ability. In any event it is mid winter and cold in Buffalo so I was pondering my spring projects and one is to paint the bottom of Chingaletta. I do it every year and always wonder if I am using the best product available. Our boat is moored in the fresh water of Lake Erie and is used as a day sailor. What is the best (subjective, I know) bottom paint to use. First and foremost has to be ease of application. The West Marine ablative paint I used last season went on like glue.

    The manufacturers information I read the more confused I get. So first hand experience is always best in my book. Collectively there are hundreds of years of experience available on this forum alone. What say ye? As always, thanks in advance for the helpful input as well as the wise cracks.
    Cheers, Curt

  2. Justin_NSA


    Joined Jul 7, 2004
    4,051 posts, 451 likes
    Hunter 30T
    US Cheney, KS
    If you already have bottom paint, first and foremost will be knowing which ones are compatible with it unless you plan to remove or prime it and start over.

  3. Davidasailor26


    Joined May 17, 2004
    934 posts, 110 likes
    Beneteau Oceanis 37 LE
    US Havre de Grace
    Agree, and since you used an ablative last year for the most part you'll be stuck using ablatives going forward until you strip it all down. There might be a couple of exceptions but generally hard paints can't go over ablatives. Having said that many ablatives can provide multi-season protection against fouling, so especially in fresh water you might not need to do anything this spring depending on current quality.

  4. Sanfelice


    Joined Jan 21, 2009
    170 posts, 3 likes
    Catalina 30
    US Lake Perry, KS
    I keep my boat in fresh water and pull every 3 years and my lake does freeze so similar to Erie. I have been happy with Hydrocoat which is water based. Easy to apply. It is an ablative paint but is very hard and will do well on a trailer. Slime will powerwash off and a light scuffing with coarse drywall screen and ready to paint again after washing down. It will go over just about any previous paint.

  5. BillL Capri 22

    BillL Capri 22

    Joined Jul 18, 2013
    28 posts, 0 likes
    22 Stella Maris
    I've been very happy with the results from VC17 in cold fresh water, fast too.
    Probably gotta start with epoxy or gel coat though, so no fun removing your previous years' ablative.

  6. fstbttms


    Joined Feb 26, 2011
    1,040 posts, 73 likes
    Achilles SD-130
    US Under a boat in the San Francisco Bay Alameda, CA
    Not "probably." Vinyl paints are not compatible with anything else but vinyl paints, which the OP does not have.

  7. Warren Milberg

    Warren Milberg

    Joined Dec 1, 1999
    2,316 posts, 74 likes
    Hunter 28.5
    US Chesapeake Bay
    I, too, have been very happy with Petit Hydrocoat. Water-based, easy to apply and clean up, long-lasting, and can usually be bought on sale at West Marine or other outlets. Works for me.

  8. Justin_NSA


    Joined Jul 7, 2004
    4,051 posts, 451 likes
    Hunter 30T
    US Cheney, KS
    Hydrocoat here too. Pettit has rebates in the Spring

  9. jssailem


    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    3,744 posts, 852 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    I asked my boat diver about bottom paint. He said he had just dived on a boat that the paint was incredible. Called Intersleek 1000. Said the bottom had 5 months growth. The barnacles could be flicked off, with his finger, as he ran a cloth across the paint. Then he could rub the remaining rim of the shell and it would float away leaving a bright shine surface. It was as if nothing had been there. He has never seen such a product.
    No idea where one can buy it or how much, but the owner told him it was pricey.
    Might be an option for the adventurous.

  10. Meriachee


    Joined Aug 1, 2011
    2,106 posts, 448 likes
    Catalina 270
    CA Edmonton, Ab Wabamun - on the orange ball
    Intersleek 1000 looks to be from the industrial arm of InterProtect, the people who market IP2000E and various antifouling coatings.

  11. Hayden Watson

    Hayden Watson

    Joined Apr 5, 2009
    379 posts, 54 likes
    Catalina '88 C30 tr/bs
    US Oak Harbor, WA

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