Originally Posted by sailorboy1
Almost time to prep for spring launch. Since I'm in the Northeast I've been using single
season ablative paint
. But since I'm not planning to haul next fall as I'm going to be sailing south for cruising I need to decide. My choices based on what I can put over what's on the boat now are Interlux
CSC or ACT (not enough weather
time to strip up here). Some my choices are:
3 gal CSC multi-season paint
3 gal ACT single
season paint for $310
My bottom really needs to be stripped soon to get rid of the old hard paint the last owner used. So I'm considering many using 4 gal of the ACT and hoping it will last a couple of years instead of the CSC.
What would the rest of you use in this choice?
My advice to customers and friends alike, "Cheap paint is false savings."
First, do not put good paint over bad.
Regardless how good the new paint is, if the underlying paint has adhesion problems, the anti-fouling
If your current
paint is flaking in many spots, it's time to get it off.
paints start failing in just a few years (with proper maintenance
, sooner without) and require stripping.
Stripping is a dirty, hazardous, eco-unfriendly, miserable job that should be avoided at all cost, whether DIY or hired.
Applied and maintained properly, Interlux
Micron CSC requires far less frequent stripping, if ever.
For anyone in a saltwater environment
, this is what I recommend.
Use at least one coat of Interlux Interprotect E2000 (at least 3 more coats, of alternating colours to ensure coverage, if osmosis
protection is desired).
Before full cure, apply an alternate colour "reveal" coat of CSC, and then 1.5 coats of desired colour over top of the reveal coat.
Then each subsequent haul out
, just touch up the spots of reveal coat showing through.
The initial time and money
investment is significant but ongoing maintenance
costs, and total life cycle cost, are the lowest of all solutions.
Disclosure: I sell and apply marine
antifouling paint professionally, specializing in Interlux brand products. This post is intended as free and friendly advise, and is not intended to solicit business.
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