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Old 26-08-2008, 11:02   #1
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Bottom Paint on a Dinghy

Anyone have a suggestion for a PVC dinghy bottom paint? Since the dinghy needs to be pumped up periodically I figure there must be some kind of paint that accepts a little flexing and stretching???

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Use the cheapest bottom paint. I don't think there is one for inflatables (or if there is, if it is any better or different).
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West Marine sells an inflatable bottom paint. We used it for a while but find that hoisting the dink on the davits when not in use precludes the need.

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Old 26-08-2008, 12:14   #4
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We use the West Marine bottom paint for inflatables. A bit expensive (around $70) but it works great.
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The effectiveness of the inflatable bottom paint seems to depend upon where one is located. We did not find any bottom paint effective in southwest Florida.

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We are in the southern Chesapeake. Works a charm here.
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Old 26-08-2008, 13:07   #7
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Use the cheapest bottom paint. I don't think there is one for inflatables (or if there is, if it is any better or different).
I think DefJef has it right.

The PO put Pettit on our dinghy, as he did on the rest of the boat. The bottom paint has made it so I have *never* had to clean the bottom of the dinghy from the FL Keys up to Maine. Lately, we have just left it floating and haven't been hoisting it every night into the davits.

Very minimal growth... on the order of some slime.

So... just use whatever is left over from the hull. It sticks and doesn't flex off as you would think.
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Thanks guys!
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I have an RIB and use the West stuff. It works great and even works after the winter storage on a dry rack. It is hard to make it flex off. I say get the West and it will do your dinghy for many seasons.
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yes!!!

just my .02... DON'T DO IT !!!!! What a mess! Clean it once a month at the dock and call it a day. You could also lift it on deck.. Dinghy's with bottom paint make HUGE messes!!!!

Been there, done that NEVER, EVER again...

This is my bottom paint:
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