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Old 11-02-2009, 04:56 AM
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1. What is the best way to keep barnacles off a boat when it's kept in the water ?
2. Does mixing hot chili powder in paint really help ?
3. Does the paint with copper in it really help ?
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1. What is the best way to keep barnacles off a boat when it's kept in the water ?
2. Does mixing hot chili powder in paint really help ?
3. Does the paint with copper in it really help ?
1. Hire a diver to clean it as necessary. Or do it yourself.

2. I doubt it but someone will drop by soon and swear it's the best thing since sliced bread. My thought is that if this really worked, the commercial paint formulations would already have this in them.

3. Yes it does, that's the standard treatment for boats kept in the water. There are severaal different types of bottom paint and you can find out more in your West Marine catalog or by doing a web search.
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1. What is the best way to keep barnacles off a boat when it's kept in the water ?
2. Does mixing hot chili powder in paint really help ?
3. Does the paint with copper in it really help ?
Good paint on the hull. I used Micron CSC two seasons ago with just a spot touchup this year and my hull looked great when hauled after the whole season in the water. Not one barnacle on the hull and the slime powerwashed right off.

The outdrive , bracket and lower unit are another issue. I used Interlux clear antifouling spray and it didn't help a bit ( and it was $30 a spray can). A few folks have posted that the paint on (non spray) anti fouling products work better such as Interlux 33 aluminum paint.. The old zinc chromate worked well but has been banned. The newer zinc phosphate doesn't work as well


Chili powder doesn't help at all. A lot of old timers at my club have tried it to no avail

For transom transducers, I have had good luck with water based transducer paint that comes in a small bottle.
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There IS a patent for using chili powder in anti-fouling.
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Good paint, I just pulled my boat after 19 months of being in the water. No growth at all. Start with good paint, then get it cleaned at least every three months, you may need to clean it more if you don't use your boat much. Running the boat is the best thing you can do to keep the bottom clean.
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We have a 58 ft boat and pull it every three years. The last time we pulled the only growth was on the prop the hull had no growth and after pressure washed as clean enough to repaint. One of the most popular in the PNW is Peditt Trinidad which has high copper content. On the prop use prop speed, but it wears off quickly especially with a high tuning prop.
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I forgot! Ever 6 months I have a diver check/replace the zincs and clean the through hulls, the prop/running gear and the heavier growth areas. We pull every 3 years to have the hull inspected for insurance purposes, we have gone for 5 years but that was really pushing it and a lot more work.
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Not sure if you have tried it...i did *********Inappropriate language removed*******Paid from that day after.....

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Paid from that day after.....
I'm not sure that language is appropriate for a family oriented forum, and it's certainly not necessary.
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It would be helpful to know the general area where your boat is kept as it seems the efficacy of many brands is dependent on local water conditions. ie, an anti-fouling paint that works well in Southern FL may not be as effective in Long Island Sound.
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I also tried the really hot sauce mixed with wax on my trim tabs and it didn't work. But this year I put Desinex diaper rash oinment with zink on my props and shafts and it worked great, I did have some algae but very little barnacles.
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Some people put an insecticide in the bottom paint to improve performance. You can purchase it at a paint store in a small bottle. Just pour it in paint. Used normally to prevent spiders, bugs, etc from your home ceilings & walls especially in garages.
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You will need antifouling paint. Biggest issue is WHERE you are docked/moored. Temperature, salinity and current all play a role as well as how often you use her.

Further south you are on east coast the worse it is and higher quality (expensive) anti fouling paints are needed. These have the highest copper content.
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There IS a patent for using chili powder in anti-fouling.
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Explain that a little more.
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Just remember that these bottom paints are designed by experienced people. Anything you add to the paint carries with it the danger of reducing either the effectiveness of the paint or it's ability to remain attached to the surface it's applied to.

If you're spending $200.00 per gallon for engineered bottom paint and think it's a good idea to add chilli powder or hot sauce to it, do yourself a big favor - ask the paint manufacturer if this is a good idea.
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i have put 7-dust powder in anti foul paint . i think it helps. i am just getting my boat repainted this week. last time was july 2007
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