Having a good summer

G’Day again folks,

Today we are talking about the importance of “Anti-Fouling” paints.

Depending on if you leave your boat in the water for the summer you should consider anti-fouling paint or you can decide to take your boat out of the water every 2 to 3 weeks to clean it with bottom cleaner. If you decide to put your boat in the water without anti-fouling paint, after 2 to 3 weeks the under neat of the boat will start to grow algae, small under water crustaceans start to develop and after a while they are very, very, difficult to remove from under the boat.

Deciding to use bottom cleaner you have to be careful, if it is a galvanized trailer, that you cover your trailer because there is acid in the bottom cleaner product. This acid will eat away at the galvanize on the trailer, after a while your galvanized trailer will start to rust.

If you have a aluminum hull on your boat it is even more important to protect the aluminum, because the aluminum has a small coating to protect the aluminum from corrosion, when algae starts to form it eats away at the protection on the aluminum, it is preferable to protect the aluminum before this starts to develop.

There are different sort of anti-fouling paints;

• You can consider a polishing type paint, meaning that as you use your boat the paint rubs of as the season goes along, this paint is a little more expensive at the beginning but in the long run it is a lot less work because you only have to redo the complete boat every 5 years. Each year you will see where the paint is rubbed off and you only have to do those patches. You want to put 2, coats the first a different color than the one that you want to be shown on the bottom, so that when it does rub on you will see the change.
• From http://www.yachtpaint.com:

“Uses Micron® Technology to provide excellent, long lasting antifouling protection against all types of fouling. Controlled polishing rate reduces build-up of old coatings and minimizes sanding.. Haul and re-launch without repainting. Micron Technology uses less copper more efficiently than old fashioned high copper bottom paints.
• Suitable for all power and sail, in all waters
• Proven performance for over 20 years
• Lloyds Register certified as TBT-free.”

• You can use a self ablative paint, this paint is sort of similar to the polishing paint but it has to be applied more often than the polishing paints. It also rub off during the season when your boat is underway. Reducing the paint build-up that forms with the other paints.
• From http://www.yachtpaint.com:

“ACT uses Ablative Technology to provide excellent season-to-season protection. Ablative Technology enables it to erode away with use and eliminates the build-up of old spent coatings and the heavy sanding needed to remove them. ACT provides excellent protection against all forms of marine fouling in waters with moderate to heavy fouling and can be used in fresh, salt and brackish waters.
• Best value ablative antifouling protection
• Eliminates paint buildup and sanding
• Flexible application schedule, paint in the fall and launch in the spring”

• If you have an aluminum boat you can get what is called “Tri-lux” paint especially formulated for aluminum hull but it is also compatible for fibreglass hulls.
• From http://www.yachtpaint.com:

“A unique copolymer paint specifically formulated for aluminum crafts and related surfaces. It is equally compatible with fiberglass, wood, steel and lead.
• Available in bright colors including white
• Developed for aluminum, compatible with fiberglass
Tri-Lux II is ideal for aluminum outdrive and outboard motor lower units, provided application instructions are followed.”

• You can get regular “Bottomkote” paint, this paint with every year of application make a layer. This layer will grow thicker every time that it is applied. After a while it becomes a very thick layer that you will want to remove because pieces of old anti-fouling paint fall of with its thickness growing every year. But it has it advantages that it can be applied and launched the same day because of its fast drying abilities.
• From http://www.yachtpaint.com:

“Fiberglass Bottomkote is a hard modified epoxy, fast dry antifouling paint with clean stable colors that has been developed to provide effective season-long protection on all power and sailboats. The fast dry formula allows the boat to be painted and launched in the same day. Fiberglass Bottomkote® is recommended for use on the underwater areas of fiberglass, wood, and properly primed metal (except aluminum) boat hulls. It can be used in fresh, salt and brackish waters.
• Proven all purpose antifouling protection.
• Fast dry, paint and launch the same day.
• Overcoats any existing bottompaint.”

• You can get “Botomkote XXX” for those of you that are cost conscientious. It will protect your boat all season long. It also can be applied and launched the same day. It will also build up after a while to the point that you may want to consider removing it.
• From http://www.yachtpaint.com:

“Bottomkote® XXX is specially formulated for the cost concious boat owner requiring a good general purpose antifouling paint.
• Traditional Antifouling Protection for Most Areas
• Soft Eroding Bottom Paint for Cruising Boats
• Fast dry allows recoating between the tides
Particularly suited for fiberglass, wood or steel boats with displacement hulls.”

• Some anti-fouling paint manufactures have also developed a water based anti-fouling paint for those of you that are more environmental conscientious.
You will want to consider putting the anti-fouling paint on before you put your boat in the water for the season.

There is great variety of anti-fouling paints out there you have to do your research to find the one that will suit your needs.

Hope this will help you chose the right paint.

If you are interested you can go to our http://romeosmarine.com/RM-Specials.html page grab the coupon to get a 10% on our anti-fouling paint that we have in stock.

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