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Old 05-11-2018, 10:35 AM
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My boat currently has a black bottom. It is black Pettit Vivid over an unknown epoxy barrier coat.

I'm thinking about going to a white bottom. One with a bit glossier or slicker finish. It is rarely in the water overnight and very rarely for more than a few days. Almost always trailered.

What are my options?

I'm guessing I will have to have the bottom soda blasted or sand the bejesus out of it? Is there a hard bottom paint with more gloss than the Vivid?

Most seem to be very matte and chalky looking.

Seems most top side paint is OK in the water for a day or two. I suppose I could paint over the barrier coat once the Vivid is removed?

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Old 05-11-2018, 07:04 PM
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Old 05-16-2018, 09:17 AM
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Vivid is chalky by design. It is an ablative paint which is designed to slough of while the boat runs through the water. If you decide to repaint the bottom with a non ablative paint you will need to remove the Vivid. Soda Blasting is a good option. sanding you self is a b*^$#h, bit cheaper. I am not aware of any antifouling paints which are glossy after they go in the water. VC make a vynil based anti foulant which is a hard bottom paint. We used to spray it on and burnish it with XXX bronze wool for a boat called the Speed Merchant. The color was blue and would have a sheen after we burnished it, but the copper in the paint would come out. They have black too, but it get coppery when burnished. If you simply paint the bottom with Awlgrip, it can blister if left in the water too long. If it were mine, I would simply paint it with Vivid the color you want.
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Old 05-17-2018, 09:22 AM
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Huh. I wouldn't consider the Vivid to be ablative? Certainly doesn't seem to slough off. At least it hasn't over the last 4 or 5 years since I painted it. It's been durable and looks decent, just too matte.

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Old 05-17-2018, 12:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Evan B View Post
Huh. I wouldn't consider the Vivid to be ablative? Certainly doesn't seem to slough off. At least it hasn't over the last 4 or 5 years since I painted it. It's been durable and looks decent, just too matte.

Thanks for the feed back!
Looks like it is a hybrid-something I have never heard of. I would say hard ablative maybe. Interestingly it says it can be polished. I have white Vivid on mine and it is soft. Maybe this stuff will last longer than what I have. Good Luck.
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Apparently I'm afflicted with an inability to leave things alone

My boat currently has a black bottom. It is black Pettit Vivid over an unknown epoxy barrier coat.

I'm thinking about going to a white bottom. One with a bit glossier or slicker finish. It is rarely in the water overnight and very rarely for more than a few days. Almost always trailered.

What are my options?

I'm guessing I will have to have the bottom soda blasted or sand the bejesus out of it? Is there a hard bottom paint with more gloss than the Vivid?

Most seem to be very matte and chalky looking.

Seems most top side paint is OK in the water for a day or two. I suppose I could paint over the barrier coat once the Vivid is removed?

Thanks!
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