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Old 11-09-2012, 15:51   #16
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Re: New Aluminium Owner with Questions

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The last time I checked, epaint was only available in the US. I am in Thailand. Also I a not sure how effective this paint would be in shallow tropical waters.
sorry the link was directed at foolishsailor,your best bet is to use the trilux with liquid tbt added.

or look around for some old stock tbt paint or chinese import tbt.

try in rattana chi boatyard maybe have some old stock
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Old 11-09-2012, 23:01   #17
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Please can you tell me what kind of results you are getting with Trilux 33? I would like to use Trilux but I cannot afford to haul out every 6 months. The paint contractor wants to add 3% TBT and maybe this will help. We can still buy pure liquid TBT from a small shop in Penang, Malaysia.
The results you get will vary with location.
Here in the Med we use Trilux33 with 2 coats and 3 for the waterline and leading edges.

We hall out every 2 years and reapply. The whole time is at anchor with long passages every week or two. At the end of 2 years there are no barnacles but some soft growth.

My experience is that Trilux33 is considerably better than the former Trilux. Slightly worse than the copper based antifoulings (I would never use these on aluminium). TBT is much better than any of the above
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Old 11-09-2012, 23:13   #18
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The results that I hear from the boats that used Trilux 33 here in Phuket are very poor. Most report that the paint will only work for 6 months. After that barnacles will begin to attach. The cost of Trilux 33 is 3 times greater than copper paint and only one third as effective. Our boat spends a lot of time on her shallow water mooring with only 1 foot of water below her keel at low tide.

Please can you tell me what kind of results you are getting with Trilux 33? I would like to use Trilux but I cannot afford to haul out every 6 months. The paint contractor wants to add 3% TBT and maybe this will help. We can still buy pure liquid TBT from a small shop in Penang, Malaysia.
You are simply hearing what the reality of today's bottom paints is... regardless if you are aluminum or fiberglass. They dont really work well at all in many parts of the world. If you can find Dutch Jotun paint down there, research that... last I heard it actually works! (How novel!) US spec paint is a waste of money.
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
I hope you can find the right kind of paint there.
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