We are in an aggressive salt water environment
. Last year we applied a cheap
hard surface non ablative paint
and in 6 months were hauling the boat bi-weekly to remove barnacles
not just algae.
Here is a picture of our first haul last year outabout 6-7 weeks after application. We noted boat speed deteriorating and black smoke from the 10 hp Volvo
. You can see the difference between the cleaned and uncleaned part.
This year we applied 3 coats of Micron Extra (Blue) and an extra coat at the water
line and keel
. We looked at Micron 66 but I don't have that many boat bucks. Micron Extra has a "decent" price.
This system is advertised as self cleaning
ablative paint. It advertises 25-50% copper oxide as the main ingredient. It's longevity is determined by the number of coats and the aggressiveness of the algae. We have had it on the boat 6 months and have only hauled the boat once, because the uncoated prop was fouled.
I have dove on the bottom and there is nothing but a coating of "slippery" paint. I wiped it down with a dish cloth and have decided against further wipe downs so as not to accelerate the paint loss. The rag came out completely blue.
The only thing i don't know yet is how long it will last. I'll update the board but so far it's looking pretty good.
I am a very satisfied camper and have no other interest in Interlux
Here is the brochure.
Here is the MSDS