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Old 03-19-2013, 12:14 PM   #1
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When is everyone going to start to bottom paint?

Also, I am changing the color of my bottom paint. What do you guys think looks better black or navy blue? I am going to change the rest of the paint on there to make it match!
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Start now.. scheme colors to match the boat. Not necessary, but you know how boaters are!
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Old 03-19-2013, 12:42 PM   #3
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Start now.. scheme colors to match the boat. Not necessary, but you know how boaters are!

I am def. going to match the boat. I am going to change all colors on the boat to be white and either black or navy blue. I had the boat for a year and the guy before me was horrible at painting and it looks horrible so I am going to re do all of it. It will be a project but it will be worth it.

Whats the best way to get topside paint off?
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I usually paint on a Wednesday after 4 pm...

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I usually do it on a Saturday morning, early.
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Read the can. Almost every paint made will tell you it has to be 50 degrees or above, and dry.

There will be specific times you have to wait between coats (depends on temp), and some paints have a specific amount of time they can sit out of the water before losing their potency.

I use an ablative petit paint. and it's green in color. I've always wanted to put down one coat in red and then another two in green. That way I know when an area has worn off and when I still have paint left. Never have the time for three coats though.
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Just make sure that after painting, you drop boat in water in the appropriate time. There's normally a window of time to drop it in after painting. If you miss the window...your boat will disappear off the face of the planet...I mean you'll have to repaint..
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Read the can. Almost every paint made will tell you it has to be 50 degrees or above, and dry.

There will be specific times you have to wait between coats (depends on temp), and some paints have a specific amount of time they can sit out of the water before losing their potency.

I use an ablative petit paint. and it's green in color. I've always wanted to put down one coat in red and then another two in green. That way I know when an area has worn off and when I still have paint left. Never have the time for three coats though.
Me too. I have a black epoxy coat under my navy ablative and only paint the water line and where the black is showing through. I always used to think you had to repaint the entire bottom.
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I usually do it on a Saturday morning, early.
I usually wait till the Amstels are ice cold.
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I'd go blue, as black is so common and nothing like the white/dark blue on a boat.
Previous posters were right about checking launch time and use of those "flag" colors (different shade underneath). Most manufacturers will have a detailed tech sheet to suggest launch/paint thickness/temp details. Most ablatives are meant to be rolled/brushed right out of can and if your ablative now is compatible (as most are) just scuff, fix up the previous job and you're good to go. See this on how to apply bottom paint over existing bottom paint.
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I'd go blue, as black is so common and nothing like the white/dark blue on a boat.
Previous posters were right about checking launch time and use of those "flag" colors (different shade underneath). Most manufacturers will have a detailed tech sheet to suggest launch/paint thickness/temp details. Most ablatives are meant to be rolled/brushed right out of can and if your ablative now is compatible (as most are) just scuff, fix up the previous job and you're good to go. See this on how to apply bottom paint over existing bottom paint.
I''ve been doing the shark white thing for several years now, looks great for a few weeks then the stains start showing.....too much maintenance.

I like Black but so does everybody else now so I'm going back to Navy Blue.......
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Old 03-20-2013, 04:32 PM   #12
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Thanks for the good responses! I am leaning towards navy blue! something about navy blue and white on a boat looks good

and to the wise comments....really?
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Any one know about water soluble bottom paint? I saw an ad for it but can't remember the brand?
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Hydrocoat is one of several.
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If you have a black bottom already, I would go blue to use the underlying black as a signal coat. Once the blue wears through and you begin to see black, you know its time to paint. As mentioned above, Hydrocoat is the most popular and the only ablative. There are other brands out there of water based products but they are hard antifoulings and cannot be placed over ablatives.
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