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Old 10-06-2020, 07:12 AM
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Any recommendation of what brand of bottom paint around NY..NJ waters.. I may be on a rack for the first year but plan on going in water the next.. I just don't know if its better to paint when the hull is clean or wait the year. I never used bottom paint .

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Old 10-06-2020, 08:40 AM
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I'm in Keyport NJ (Raritan Bay). I've been using Interlux paints for 10 years. I used to use Micron CSC and over the past few years, I have switched to Micron CF. The CSC is copper based and the CF is copper free. The CF appears to be a bit smoother paint and still lasts. I paint the bottom every other year and touch up in the off years.

As for timing, it's more about temperature. From what I understand, you need to paint when the temperature is above 50 degrees. I would wait until you are planning on slipping the boat. Either way, you will have to properly prep the bottom. Some recommend an epoxy barrier coat while others recommend a good sanding and then paint. I'll leave this to others who are more knowledgeable than me.

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Old 10-06-2020, 10:28 AM
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^^What he said it's temperature dependent, I would use an epoxy barrier coat for sure. I personally like Pettit Hydrocoat for the ease of working with a water based paint, but paint is area and boat (speed) dependent.
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I just got mine done from clean fiberglass. The boat was from florida with none. The prep is the key. The marina did the sea hawk epoxy undercoat on mine. First they sanded the boat clean and dry before applying the barrier coat. After a couple coats of barrier they used a different colored bottom paint then the final one. They go on the final layer with the bottom paint color that you want. This way when the outer layer starts to go and you see the different color underneath , thats your cue to re apply a new coat of bottom paint.
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Old 10-07-2020, 07:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Turtlebull View Post
I just got mine done from clean fiberglass. The boat was from florida with none. The prep is the key. The marina did the sea hawk epoxy undercoat on mine. First they sanded the boat clean and dry before applying the barrier coat. After a couple coats of barrier they used a different colored bottom paint then the final one. They go on the final layer with the bottom paint color that you want. This way when the outer layer starts to go and you see the different color underneath , thats your cue to re apply a new coat of bottom paint.
I did this after having mine blasted three years ago. Seahawk all the way, barrier coats, guide coat and final. It is all holding up extremely well.

I was at the marina today and a bunch of boats had already been hauled, You can tell who uses good paint and who does not. Those who "saved money" will be spending days dealing with barnacles, not to mention the money they spent on fuel running on a dirty bottom.

I am of the belief that having biocide and copper in your paint works the best.
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Originally Posted by Turtlebull View Post
I just got mine done from clean fiberglass. The boat was from florida with none. The prep is the key. The marina did the sea hawk epoxy undercoat on mine. First they sanded the boat clean and dry before applying the barrier coat. After a couple coats of barrier they used a different colored bottom paint then the final one. They go on the final layer with the bottom paint color that you want. This way when the outer layer starts to go and you see the different color underneath , thats your cue to re apply a new coat of bottom paint.
Do this. Advice is spot on!
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Hydrocoat SR but its near impossible to find due to supply issues. I was able to secure some from West Marines warehouse

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