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Old 07-05-2011, 05:00   #1
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Transducer and Paint

hey all, splash getting close....I installed a new depth transducer, should I stay away from it with bottom paint, If I do will it get all barnacled and fouled up?

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Old 07-05-2011, 05:42   #2
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Re: transducer& paint

Paint it with a water-based paint like Pettit Hydrocoat. I have also painted transducers with Interlux Micron Extra with no issues. (The only reason not to paint is some solvents can affect some plastic transducers.)

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Re: transducer& paint

Mine is coated with Trinadad SR and reads fine with no barnacles....FWIW
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Re: Transducer and Paint

Aquatic growth can accumulate rapidly on a transducer's surface, reducing performance within weeks. Surfaces exposed to salt water must be coated with anti-fouling paint.
Use water-based anti-fouling paint only. Never use ketone-based paint, since ketones can attack many plastics possibly damaging the sensor.
Airmar recommends brands such as MDR, Woolsey, Pettit, and Sea Hawk.
Never use spray paint on a transducer. Spraying incorporates tiny air bubbles, and a marine transducer cannot transmit properly through air.
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