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Old 07-08-2015, 00:10   #1
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Trilux 33 dissapointment

Has anyone else used this product?
I used Trilux 33 antifouling my boat last year and am totally dissapointed.
A year later and Im inundated with barnacles. Its asif there wad no antifoul at all.
Never again!
Talk of expensive junk!
Do yourself a favour and avoid hard "antifoul"

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Old 07-08-2015, 01:30   #2
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Re: Trilux 33 dissapointment

I have micron extra 11 months, 2 layers, and bottom has to be cleaned by diver every 4 to 6 weeks. Hoping to get extra 6 mths but white patches already present here and there.

Wonder what will happen if I just employ diver to do it on 2 week basis and forget anti-fouling ....
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Old 07-08-2015, 03:26   #3
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Re: Trilux 33 dissapointment

Trilux 33 is specialist antifoul for aluminium (and other metal) boats ... not sure why you are using it on a fiberglass boat! There are better cheaper products out there for that.

It works ok for me ... if I'm not using the boat lots I still need to dive on it every so often to clean it ... but the barnacles seem to come off OK.
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Re: Trilux 33 dissapointment

I find bottom paints do not do the job very well and ESPECIALLY if the boat is not constantly moving but sitting at a mooring, on anchor or in a slip.

Bottom paint must help... but you really need to dive and scrub the bottom regularly and that depends on the local waters. Where we are moored it means a dive once a month or the bottom is covered with little critters. I recently pulled and cleaned the speed impeller only to find that the hull around it was so foul that it either immediately re fouled or the flow was so impeded that the speedo could no register properly. Had the bottom cleaned in late June! And so the speedo is telling me that the bottom paint is not very effective - Trinidad.

I think perhaps the approach is to use a hard paint every 2 yrs and spend your money on regular... every 3 or 4 weeks on a diver.
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Old 07-08-2015, 07:13   #5
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Re: Trilux 33 dissapointment

I've had excellent results using Trilux 33 (non-spray) on my props and sail drives for many years. But you have to be disciplined with the metal preparation, etching, and priming before even opening the Trilux can.

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Re: Trilux 33 dissapointment

Seems to me a good antifoul doesn't eliminate the need for a good bum scrub. It may increase the interval a small amount though.

The real and practical benefit is removing the growth is much, much easier. Which at my age means I can free dive the job myself. An important consideration on my budget.

I've no proof of this, but it seems the larger the barnacles get the weaker the bond becomes. Could this be from copper diet? Also the color of the barnacles seems to shift towards a grayish look, as if they are dying.

My first haul out was in January. Spent several hundred dollars on paint and did the work myself. A few weeks after splash I doubted the need for paint until I dove and wiped barnacles off with a gloved hand.
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Re: Trilux 33 dissapointment

Been using Pettit Trinidad since the 1970's and have always had good service from it. This in Florida/Bahamas. Sometimes go four years between paint jobs.
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Old 12-08-2015, 22:50   #8
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Re: Trilux 33 dissapointment

Wonder why it didnt eork for me? I put it on with a roller in two coats a year ago.
I only used it because the marina recommended it as z good allrounder.
On the two metal stern drives and props it made hardly any diference and on the fibreglass its totally useless.
I have to redo it all again. Any recommendations are very welcome.
Might try the trusted Pettit Trinidad next!
I think its a hard antifoul and only works if the boat moves a lot. Coujd be wrong but that's what it looks like to me.


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Re: Trilux 33 dissapointment

Trinidad is also a hard antifoulant. There are good hard paints and good soft paints. Trilux 33 is primarily for aluminum boats and has little copper. It is a compromise and usually doesn't work as well as higher copper paints. Talk to other boaters in your area and see what they are happy with. Different regions seem to like different paints.

I like to use paints with slime blockers. It really makes a difference in how long you can go without scrubbing.
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Re: Trilux 33 dissapointment

This year I put on the cheapest stuff I could find over here in italy. It's working great. No growth so far after only one coat and the stuff costing only $200. It's the ablative type.

I do my own diving and bottom work.
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Re: Trilux 33 dissapointment

Kenomac did you use Veneizinai paint as yes that's cheap but a good paint for the bottom in the Italian waters and Ironman what is your cruising boat speed and what does every one else around you use. As Trilux 33 is only good really on steel ally and works well if boat speed is around 18 knots speed
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Re: Trilux 33 dissapointment

I used one coat of International Cruiser Uno EU.
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Re: Trilux 33 dissapointment

Trilux 33 is an extremely soft, short-lived anti fouling paint. I have never found it to provide good performance for more than a year.
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Re: Trilux 33 dissapointment

What are opinions about International Micron Extra?
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Re: Trilux 33 dissapointment

In Greece and Turkey that's all I will use I have it on my yacht here and it's not holding up to well although since anti fouling was applied have done 13,756nm and its only since the yacht has been moored up for past 11 weeks it's started to go
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