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Old 19-03-2012, 07:32   #1
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Trinidad SR

After reading rave reviews about trinidad SR bottom paint I chose it as my next coating. We applied 2 coats in November 2011 while in FL, and now are in the Virgins and have barnacles attached to most of the bottom. That is despite doing a quick bottom cleaning about a month ago.

Additionally the paint is flaking off in small areas. We prepped the bottom by sanding everything. This isnt the first bottom I have painted, but it is the first time I have had flaking paint.

Overall I am very frustrated I wasted money and time applying this product, and would not recommend it to anyone. Our unpainted dinghy has less growth that the boat.
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Old 19-03-2012, 09:22   #2
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After reading rave reviews about trinidad SR bottom paint I chose it as my next coating. We applied 2 coats in November 2011 while in FL, and now are in the Virgins and have barnacles attached to most of the bottom. That is despite doing a quick bottom cleaning about a month ago.

Additionally the paint is flaking off in small areas. We prepped the bottom by sanding everything. This isnt the first bottom I have painted, but it is the first time I have had flaking paint.

Overall I am very frustrated I wasted money and time applying this product, and would not recommend it to anyone. Our unpainted dinghy has less growth that the boat.
Trinidad SR is the industry standard for hard anti fouling paints, and is the best bottom paint you can buy, IMHO. Flaking paint isn't indicative of product failure, it is indicative of improper preparation.
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Old 19-03-2012, 09:44   #3
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Re: Trinidad SR

Barnacles in 4 months is a real bummer. Happened to me with Trinidad I put on in Venezuela 15 years ago, and I never used the Trinidad paints again.

How many coats did you put on, how did you put it on, did you thin it, and over what paint?
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Re: Trinidad SR

I use Trinidad Pro SR. Two things that can be said about it:
***1) It sucks.
***2) It's the best thing out there.
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I use Trinidad Pro SR. Two things that can be said about it:
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***2) It's the best thing out there.
Explain please.
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Re: Trinidad SR

The consensus is that it is the longest lasting antifouling paint available. It has high copper content and slime resistant Irgarol (biocide). We just are repainting ours after 2 years and it looked like it could have handled another year.
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The consensus is that it is the longest lasting antifouling paint available. It has high copper content and slime resistant Irgarol (biocide). We just are repainting ours after 2 years and it looked like it could have handled another year.
With proper maintenance, 3 years+ on a Trinidad bottom (2 coats/3 on the high-wear areas) is absolutely possible.
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Re: Trinidad SR

The flaking is some kind of application issue. maybe it wasnt compatible with your previous paint? However, your results with growth is pretty typical. Like you, I've often wondered if there is any point in bottom paint any more. If you get to Trini, do the bottom with the black Dutch paint. Forget the name. Nothing grows on that!
Cold water and West Coaster's often dont understand the problem. I used to go 2 years in Seattle using Woolsey Neptune and there would be little growth on the bottom except slime. In 2 months in the Carribean It might take me 4 hours of scraping to remove most the barnacles. Also with new Trinidad.
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I remember Trinidad SR from my toxic paint days...You have to read the fine print. The paint needs to be put on in the recommended manner and the boat put back in the water within the allowed time. It then has to be left in the water, if you pull the boat out again it will lose much of its antifouling properties.
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I remember Trinidad SR from my toxic paint days...You have to read the fine print. The paint needs to be put on in the recommended manner and the boat put back in the water within the allowed time. It then has to be left in the water, if you pull the boat out again it will lose much of its antifouling properties.
This is true of most hard paints, not specific to Trinidad.
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We used the sr60 nasty to put on very thick, last july in florida. A few barnacles here and there but nothing major. I just did our dive boat with 3 coats of hydrocoat. Little smell cleans up easy but tough to mix. No matter how long I used a drill mixer all the thick stuff stayed together. That went on last
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This is true of most hard paints, not specific to Trinidad.
True enough, but the idea is to read and follow the directions......
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Re: Trinidad SR

Hmmm - will be interested to keep up with this discussion. We just painted with SR following all the application guidelines. Will be splashing in about a week (within the recommended window).

Am hoping it turns out to be a paint incompatibility and not something more sinister with SR in general.
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Am hoping it turns out to be a paint incompatibility and not something more sinister with SR in general.
There is nothing wrong with the product. It has decades of use in the market and has been sucessfully applied to many, many thousands of boats without issue. Again, Trinidad is the standard by which other anti fouling paints are measured, and that's more than just a sales slogan.
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That's what I'm counting on.
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